Making Your Web Design Responsive

Posted on June 21, 2016

You Must Be Responsive

If you’ve spent any time reading our blog then you know how strongly we feel about responsive web design. In this day and age of mobile communications your website has to be able to respond appropriately to any and all mobile device formats. No one wants to search a full desktop screen format on a 4- or 5-inch phone. It just doesn’t work. It’s like trying to fit an entire 5-course meal onto a salad plate. Mobile users want to be able to easily search a given website and obtain the information they are seeking, without having to worry about whether or not the page fits completely onto their device’s screen. So, the question is how do you make your web design responsive?

Be Flexible and Consider All Screen Sizes

The first thing you should consider is how your website will look on each different type of device, including both your minimum and maximum width for each device: desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. When you have the breakpoints nailed down then you can start to consider your wireframes, which will help you determine where and how things will fit when the users’ screen get smaller. The next step is set up your grid systems so they are compatible for all the different screen sizes people will use to access your site. That means you will need to be flexible and also take the time to consider all your images so that they properly display on all screen formats being used.

Be Mobile-Friendly

The next thing to keep in mind is that just because you are making your website responsive that does not automatically make it mobile-friendly. Even though your site might respond to different screen sizes there is still more to do if you want to offer a truly positive mobile experience for your users. Typically the best experience for mobile users is to scroll down one long, continuous page instead of clicking on other smaller links or buttons to navigate where they want to end up. Creating a responsive design means keeping the most important information while eliminating the non-essential extras. Lastly, and this should go without say, be sure to test your site over and over before you go live. It’s better to be patient and get it right than to quickly go live with a design that doesn’t work. This will only turn your users off.

We’ll Get You Responsive

If you need help making your website design responsive, then please contact NUVEW today for help. Our designers will build a web design that meets all your users’ needs. Give us a call at 219-323-3343 or click here.