Modern technology moves as fast as the speed of light, if not faster. It seems like every few months, Apple or Microsoft are coming out with new devices and programs. You may want to add some mobile apps to your business website, and it will help to have a basic understanding of web design before you consider further changes. You (or your design team) will go insane if you make changes whenever a new mobile product hits the marketplace.
Responsive Web Design can play a role in this process, so we’ll examine its strengths and weaknesses, so you will make an informed decision.
Responsive Web Design
Responsive web design is design that creates a superior reading/viewing experience for its audience through easy-to-use:
Furthermore, it uses a grid construction, so viewers can switch from a PC to an IPhone without losing any visual quality. Simply put, the web design responds to the viewers’ needs.
If you want to see how to switch between devices, try an at home experiment with your devices on www.digg.com, or css-tricks.com.
Responsive web design has both good and bad points, so let’s examine both, and you may draw your own conclusions
- Eliminates the need to have multiple websites for multiple devices
- Saves time and money because only need to have one responsive website
- You don’t block potential customers from getting on your website, because it responds to all devices.
There are two major roadblocks when you are building a responsive website, and they both take time to resolve. The first involves browser compatibility. CSS3 and HTML5 have different languages and there may be conflicts in those languages. It’s going to require extra work in order to have your website respond to both.
The second involves using different devices. A desktop computer has two objectives: information and function, while a cellphone only has one objective: function. In order to respond to both devices, a website has to use a fluid grid construction that meets both requirements. Building a grid structure takes time.
You need to understand your target audience; if they rely on their mobile devices, you will want to consider mobile phones when designing the website. On the other hand, if they show a strong preference for using desktops or laptops, that should factor into your decision. If you aren’t interested in mobile phone users, then spending extra money on a responsive web design may not be the best choice for your business.