There’s More to Mobile Web Design than a Responsive Site

These days, anyone with business aspirations knows you have to create a web presence to succeed, and that inevitably begins with a website. Since the advent of web 2.0 and its ongoing evolution, web design has become more involved. This has only been compounded by the addition of new consumption devices like smartphones and tablets. As the newest mobile devices function at the same level of performance as most current computers, the line between mobile and non-mobile computing is swiftly disappearing; yest, we still need to make appropriate concessions during the design process to facilitate the differences that do exist between these differing modes of access.

Enter the responsive website myth. Most designers know that creating a website without a compatible mobile version is equivalent to not having a website at all. Most designers are well aware that we need to make sites that deal with mobile quirks; however, simply creating a design which adapts to different screen sizes is no longer enough.

Each time a device accesses a website, it should receive all the same content; however, the structure and presentation of that content will be different depending on the kind of device used by the visitor. Also, when creating a new website, design it for mobile first. This way, no matter what platform the site is being viewed through, all of the content is approachable and easy to follow.

Testing the sites responsiveness should merely the window resizing capacity when viewed in different browsers. Check the site from multiple types of devices (as well as browsers) to get a more accurate picture of how it shapes up. Also, Javascript is your friend. Used wisely and responsibly, Javascript can produce loops which create conditional loading, a feature that prevents the wrong version of your content from displaying. Javascript is also a good work around for creating responsive images.

For more tips and a deeper look into responsible responsive web design, take a look at Maximiliano Firtman’s article on the subject.

Sources:
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/07/22/responsive-web-design-should-not-be-your-only-mobile-strategy/

 

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