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Recent studies of online browsing patterns suggest that site visitors are using a multitude of devices these days to browse websites. These can vary from desktops, laptops, netbooks to tablets (iPad, Kindle, eBook Readers) & Smartphones (iPhones, Android, BlackBerry). These studies also highlight the future growth of mobile devices. According to numerous sources, the future of the web will rely heavily on mobile devices, instead of desktops and laptops.
For professional websites, multiple versions are being developed to suit these devices. Yet the number of new devices with unique configurations (screen sizes and resolutions) is rising on a daily basis, thus making it unfeasible to keep investing in newer versions of these websites in order to achieve maximum reach.
Latest research in the field of website development and design has led to what is called “Responsive Web Design”.
What is Responsive Web Design?
Responsive Web design is the latest “need-based” innovation in the domain of web site development & publishing. The core idea is to design and develop web sites and applications that are sensitive to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation.
In technical terms, it involves mixing flexible grids and layouts, images and some technology features such as CSS media queries and their intelligent usage. A user switching from a laptop to an iPad or iPhone would see different versions and layouts of the same site optimized to his screen size / resolution / image size and scripting abilities.
The Benefits of Responsive Web Design
Responsive Web design detects the medium where the site is currently being displayed in order to provide the best experience possible to the user in terms of navigation and readability. This eliminates on a larger scale, the requirement for different designs and development phases for each new gadget on the market and also enhances usability for very visitor to the site.
Some of the benefits:
How we can Help
Some of the approaches that our design team are working on at present include the following:
At Monsoon Consulting, we are constantly upgrading our technology capabilities & solution deliverables. This enables us to help our clients extract the maximum benefits from their investments. As part of the same endeavor we are exploring Responsive Web Design solutions and we look forward to offering this as a standard feature soon.
Some Useful Tips
When designing a responsive website, there are a number of important factors that need to be considered:
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below.