Responsive Web Designing is the evolution in web designing which is basically changing and adapting the appearance of your website to make it fit for all kinds of dimensions and optimal viewing. Such websites can work on all screen sizes, from desktop computers to laptops, tablets to smartphones; your website will fit them all. Responsive Web Designing is also known as “RWD”,”Adaptive Web Design” or “Fluid Web Design”.
What Caused the Evolution?
Now the question is what caused the web designers to make their sites adaptable to all screen sizes? Earlier, I am sure designers never gave it a thought if the site fits other screens or not. Well, the reason is quite simple. Nowadays the use of smartphones, tablets, and laptops are increasing. Hardly anyone use a desktop PC now and if someone holds a Smartphone then he/she is likely to do most of the computer work from his/her Smartphone only. A survey by Morgan Stanley discovered that by 2014 majority of the people will be accessing the internet using their smartphones, tablets rather than using PCs and laptops. This prediction makes sense to me. Have a look around you and you will see every other person using an iPhone, iPad and other kinds of android phones. Each day gigantic 4 million new Android phones are activated!
So in this revolutionized environment, website owners need a website that is compatible with all kinds of devices. For their website to attract more users they need to adopt Responsive Web Designing.
So what the designer of today need to consider while designing a website. There are a few simple rules to follow to apt RWD. But it is not as simple as it sounds. It needs time and a lot of dedication. So make sure you are fully into it.
Rule 1: Design for Multiple Platforms
Thinking that the user only wants what he wants and does not care about the display of the website is the biggest mistake. The options are all messed up, the font is extremely small and there is no way to get to a complex option, are usually the problems users face when they open up a web from their phone. So who wants to go through this much hassle, stop using the web seems like a better option. Users switch to other websites that are responsive.
It is no longer sufficient that you design your web page to fit just one dimension, a desktop or a laptop. You need to make sure that your webpage works best everywhere, irrespective of the browser or device a person is using to access your website. First, imagine that you are building a site for a tiny cell phone, that should be the foundation of your site and later you can scale it up based on other screen sizes and competencies.
Rule 2: Use Multiple Tools
By adopting Responsive Web Design you need to change the way you design. Designing just through Photoshop or some other software will not be enough. Like I said, it’s not easy!
One tip that can do wonders for you is that instead of designing an entire page in Photoshop, use articulate visual designs. This means, design a site’s interface elements separately from the real layout, and then combine that specific element with the rest of the layout when you are ready to create your responsive site in the browser. This will make your complex work a lot easier.
Rule 3: Keep the Track
True, responsive designs are becoming popular day by day but still they are fairly new. So it needs to be monitored frequently as there are still some inadequacies which need to be smooth out along the way. So frequently check on the different versions of your responsive web to make sure everything is working properly.
Rule 4: Preserve Classic!
In the earlier times from the initiation of HTML, the web sites were flexible enough to adapt to all the devices with an internet connection regardless of their dimensions. This changed as web developers and designers began to move towards fixed layouts. In order to impose fixed dimensions on WebPages, they actually made it more restricted to one type of dimension only i.e. desktop PCs.
The core lesson is that you design your website in a way which is not only visually pleasing but also meets the needs of your users. That’s it! This is what the responsive web is all about, meeting the needs of users! The success of a website solely depends on its users and for the survival of your site; making one that can read just itself to any dimension is just the beginning.