For the first time in more than ten years, PC sales are expected to see a significant decrease from the prior year. In a new age where tablets and smartphones are performing the same duties as our PCs and Macs, we’re seeing the face of the Internet change. Predictions show that, by 2014, mobile will be the dominant form of web browsing. The Web has responded. The answer? Responsive Web Design.
The Basics of Responsive Web Design
How can websites possibly keep up with the millions of screens out there?
The short answer is they can’t.
So how does a web page adapt responsively to the needs of a computer screen versus an iPad or Blackberry screen?
One of the ways is through responsive web design.
Responsive web design uses CSS media queries to serve different style properties depending on the screen size, orientation, resolution, color capability and other characteristics of the user’s device.
Why Responsive Web Design Benefits Web Designers
Responsive web design relieves web designers, user interface designers, and web developers from working day and night creating websites for every single different device in existence. Here are a few benefits
One site for every device: Whether viewed on a 27-inch iMac with a wireless connection or from the screen of your Android phone with T-mobile 4G coverage, the website will be configured for the user’s optimal viewing pleasure.
Optimal design for the device: With the responsive web design approach, all images, fonts and other HTML elements will be scaled appropriately, maximizing whatever screen size the user has.
No need for redirects: Other options towards designing for multiple devices require the use of redirects to send the user to the appropriate version of a web page. Without the need for redirects, the user can access the content he wants to look at, as quickly as possible.