The rising use of smart phones and other smart devices has forced developers and designer communities to tweak their designing codes and develop websites to be multiple device friendly. Technically, responsive design is a technique and approach where a website gets resized according to a device on which it is being viewed on. However, that device could be from the range of smart devices, including an oversized desktop computer monitor, a laptop, a 10-inch tablet, a 7-inch tablet, or a 4-inch smartphone screen.
The basic objective of a responsive web designer is to create a single web site with varying elements which respond differently on devices of varying sizes. A traditional website is being viewed as a three columned page on a desktop computer, whereas, for watching the same website on a tablet it is necessary to scroll around the device up and down.
And, it is impossible to view the same website on a tiny smartphone screen or the layout of the website get completely distorted. It is observed that the large images break the website and are the reason behind the slow loading of graphics on a smart device.
The situation with a responsive website is entirely different as it adjusts according to the screen of a device. Moreover, a responsive website’s content is more readable and far easy to navigate through. On a smart phone, the same website transforms into a single column page and in order to view other pages it is necessary to swipe the smart phone screen.
The working of a responsive design largely relies upon the responsive fluid grids where all the elements of a website are sized by the proportion instead of columns. Media like image along with column do also get resized within the fluid grid system of responsive design pattern.
The most important aspect of the responsive designing is its utility of touch pad for the navigation instead of a mouse. Instead of mouse fingers are used for the movements on a device screen. Another important aspect where a designer needs to pay attention is graphics and download speed of a website on a smart device. Therefore, for, the prompt speed, a website is optimized for the graphics while making the images as light as possible to be uploaded on sever fast and being viewed by visitors.
As more and more people are using mobile devices, it is always a wise decision on the part of businesses to use responsive web design to get the maximum businesses online.