Responsive Web Design – Making It Fit

Let’s get responsive – What is it?

Responsive design is a concept that allows website visitors to view one version of a site differently in many different devices. The content of the site remains the same but the code of the site detects the size of the screen that is in use and presents it in different formats to fit properly.

Do I need a responsive site

A responsive design is a great idea in just about all situations. Using this method of development ensures the compatibility of your site on all screen sizes that are in use today and well into the future. This functionality allows every visitor to have a positive experience with your site. Unless you have specific functions that need to be available only on mobile versions of your site, responsive is the way to go.

What’s the catch

There are really only two drawbacks to going with a responsive design. First – If you require differences in site content for your desktop visitors and your mobile visitors, two separate sites may be more practical for your situation. Second – development time is longer which translates to a higher cost than a desktop only version. If you do not require specific mobile usability, responsive design may be for you.

It costs more but saves you money

When a site must be accessible and functional for both desktop and mobile visitors but no special features are required for either platform, responsive design is the answer. Though it comes with a higher cost than a desktop version alone, the cost is significantly lower than producing two or more separate sites.