6 Essential Tips for Building a Stunning Responsive Website
Building a responsive website is not as easy as it seems. For a matter of fact, there are several things that one needs to consider while creating a successful web design. Instead of going into details of what exactly is Responsive Website and how it functions, I would, this post, focus on those few tips that will make your life simpler, while you create a stunning responsive website.
Follow the tips and you will see for yourself how simple it is to create amazing responsive web designs.
1. Develop a Strong Plan
Whenever we want to do something new, we plan. It is an exceptionally essential tool to begin with anything, and thus should not be ignored even while creating a responsive web design. Creating a responsive website requires more work than a standard one screen site and it is only a strong plan that will help you through all the doubts and difficulties of designing a responsive website. Most importantly, A strong plan will help you keep a check on who is doing what and how far is the project from completion. It enables the developer to code the site in a better manner and structure it properly.
In fact, it also saves time. Planning a responsive website is important because you have to entertain 3 different types of devices: Desktops, Tablets and SmartPhones. The ideal thing to do here is plan the layout first and then move on to the interface design. You will also be required to plan significant details for phone and tablet screens, because you won’t be able to make small sections or stack everything up.
2. Only Keep Things You Really Need
When designing a responsive website, make sure that you only keep things that are necessary. This is not just in regards to SmartPhones and Tablets, but you must also consider this while designing for standard desktops. You must have usually noticed that many websites take forever to load on a phone or tablet. That is why it is necessary that you restrict the website to minimum images and text to bare essentials. This will ensure that your website loads faster, no matter what device you are using, or how fast/slow your Internet connectivity is.
Less amount of content is usually ideal for a small screen, so that you don’t have more to read and scroll on a small screen. You also need to understand an important perspective that when using smaller devices, the users are usually moving and it can be really annoying if he would have to search through a difficult website
3. Consider Advanced Improvement
When you are planning to make responsive websites, you must make sure that you have closely considered progressive enhancement. This will ensure that you first create a website, which works across several platforms and then go about enhancing and improving it as per the support of the platforms. This simply means that you will first make a website that looks the same across all the different platforms and then customize it by adding effects or designs for the individual browsers.
To develop a website that runs successfully across different platforms, you must first design a mobile website and then move on to designing one for a desktop. The reason is simple. Not every mobile browser supports media query.
4. Ensure Your Videos and Images Are Responsive
The reason I ask you to keep responsive videos and images is because, I am sure you do not want an image to be twice the width of your screen. You need to be extremely careful, especially in case of SmartPhones. Therefore, it is better to set your videos and images to be fluid, so that you do not face any problem with different devices. It is also recommended that you use responsive plugins to save time.
This is basically a trick applied to keep borders, margins, padding and outlines unaffected. Let me simply explain box-sizing. Suppose that you have div of 200px width and you add 10px padding on both the sides of the screen, so the total div width would now be 220px. If you want your div width to stay 200px only, you will have to manual change the set width to 180px. However, to make the entire process simple, you can add box-sizing. It will keep your width 200px, no matter what and incorporate the padding inside the div rather than outside. This obviously saves you ample time and doesn’t actually require you to take appropriate measurements. In fact, it also allows you to control the codes effectively.
6. Testing on Appropriate Devices
It is important that you test your responsive website across different platforms, so that you know the loopholes. Now, when you are testing your site for a SmartPhone, make sure that you use a SmartPhone and not a tablet to get accurate results. You might sometimes get lazy and consider resizing your browser window to the size of a tablet screen or SmartPhone screen. However, that is not at all practical. Testing on specific devices will allow you to detect appropriate issues and solve them, that you simply wouldn’t come across a computer’s browser.
This post is contributed by Daniel Rusling, a digital marketing manager associated with a reputable web design outsourcing company in India. He loves blogging about responsive web design, HTML5 development and latest trends in web design and development.