It seems like just yesterday people were asking for mobile themes for their website. Just as with anything in the “tech industry” things change in the blink of an eye. And it is incumbent upon any good web development company to keep on top of these trends.
Sure many of you have seen or at least heard of “responsive” websites. Well what actually is a responsive website you ask? Let me try to explain.
Typically a website has a desktop version and a mobile version for Android and iPhone devices. Depending on which device you are using you will have a different experience from the same website. Usually this meant a web developer had to create two different layouts for the same website one for the desktop version and one for the mobile version.
Now the keyword in the web development arena is “responsive websites”. a responsive website is one that will automatically adjust content depending on the device that you are using. For example, if you are viewing a particular website on your desktop and then decide to go on a drive and look at the same website on your tablet it will appear differently. Additionally if you look at the same website on your mobile device such as your iPhone it will again appear differently than the other two.
There are several different ways to achieve a responsive website. The first is through the use of CSS media queries. The second is to utilize a responsive CSS framework. Now these responsive CSS frameworks come in different shapes and sizes. Frameworks are a good tool to use if you are doing the design yourself. Then you at least know how to design your website in order to incorporate in a responsive CSS framework.
There is a bit of work needed when the design is not designed to be responsive. This is when the understanding and use of CSS media queries comes into play.
At BlueLayerMedia although our strong focus is that of a WordPress developer, we do a great deal of other development from scratch and have recently delved into the world of creating a responsive website. Within (the next couple months) we hope to unveil a website which is entirely based on a responsive CSS framework designed by Twitter.
For those of you that are looking to turn your current website into a responsive website, the one thing to prepare yourself for is although it sounds great to have it may be very costly depending on your current design.
If you’re looking to migrate your current website into responsive layout, feel free to contact us.