The explosion of smart phones and tablets onto the market has brought exciting changes to how we use websites and therefore how we must design websites. Websites need to be optimised to fit the correct size of the screen they are being viewed on. One method that has become extreamly popular is to use responsive web design. The best way to understand how responsive web design works is to view a website and change the width of the browser you are viewing it on. Just drag the bottom right corner and you should see the content realign itself for the width of the browser.
Responsive Mobile Sizes
We usually build for 3 widths. Full browser, tablet and mobile. The website can determine the width available and then display the content in the most optimised way.
We have now produced a number of sites with responsive themes for our customers. We have a strong believe in WordPress web design which means even though you can now have a mobile site and a desktop site, it is all controlled from the same backend system. This means one simple system for you to use.
Responsive Web Design vs Mobile App
One of the questions we are asked when we present responsive web design as a solution for having a mobile website is: But shouldn’t I just get an App built? Perhaps, but it always recomended that you have a mobile website so that you can be easily be found and viewed with as little trouble as possible.
Mobile apps are great because they can make better use of the native functionality of the phone, such as it’s GPS, accelerometer and compass. They are also built in the native language of the mobile device so are smoother and can have additional functionality. They really have different uses, but have a search on the web and you will find a whole host of debate about which is better – mobile app vs mobile website.