Your Business Needs a Responsive Website

Responsive web design is the up and coming method of website design, with huge gains in popularity over the last year. This method solves the problems of the past where you would have to have several sites designed to show well on the various devices people use.  Now with responsive design, the site delivers an optimal viewing experience to all users regardless of their device.  You know you have seen sites that look great on the desktop but when you pull it up on your phone, it is just a really tiny version of the desktop view and you have to zoom in and move the screen around to find what you want.  What a pain!

The overall trend is more and more visitors will be coming to your site from devices other than desktop computers, such as phones of several different sizes, multiple sized tablets and laptops.  So you can see how a good viewing experience will be important for them.  Consider the quote from Jeffrey Veen below.

“Day by day, the number of devices, platforms,and browsers that need to work with your site grows. Responsive web design represents a fundamental shift in how we’ll build websites for the decade to come.”- Jeffrey Veen

If you think about it, your website should automatically adjust to the user.  It shouldn’t require a separate site for each device to provide a good user experience.   And you the customer should not have to pay for multiple sites in order to deliver content to your users in a practical way.

Remember back when having a website was a real luxury and only the best, brightest and wealthiest companies had one?  Then it became a necessity for everyone to at least have a presence on the web or who could take your business seriously.  
The next evolution was the best, brightest and wealthiest companies had multiple sites made for various devices.  Then came responsive design and those companies of course were first again. But it is still early and you can be right there with them.  The future for websites is mobile.  More and more people are using mobile devices as their only computer.  You can not afford to be left in the dark ages with your website.

Up To Date vs Trendy

In his article “Symptoms of Epidemic Web Design Trends” on smashingmagazine.com,  Espen Brunborg states that all too often, designers just jump on the bandwagon of the latest trends with no regard at all for how the elements that are being used actually affect or present the product or company.  While we do want to stay up to date, it is important to consider what message we are really trying to get across and merge that with Continue reading

How does your site look on mobile or tablet?

Unless you have responsive design, your site probably does not look or act as nice across devices as it does on the desktop.  Many sites are really difficult to look at or navigate when you get to the smaller devices and most of us just can not afford to have additional sites built for every device.  There are so many different sizes these days.  That is where responsive design comes to the rescue.  Responsive web design embraces the idea that people do not all use the same device and that considering user experience across devices is important.  In other words, you want to provide the user with the best experience no matter the device they view your site on. Continue reading