More than a year ago, a number of mobile users surpassed desktop users. With websites that adapt to all devices, designers and developers can future-proof their work. Responsive Web Design (RWD) has reached a critical stage. It is a standard practice to make a consistent experience for users across every device that they might use. A lot of websites have a user-responsive design that can be used on any device. Here’s a list of best practices for responsive web design:
1. Think Responsive:
The best approach to this is to have a mobile-friendly website, designing for the smallest screen first and then adding features that work better on a bigger screen is how you go about it. Focus on developing for the most popular breakpoints but also make sure that when new devices come into the picture, your website can still function well without having to make too many changes.
I cannot emphasize enough on how important this practice is. Don’t fall into the fit to the size approach. It is essential that you fit all the required elements onto the page without considering their context. Concentrate and focus on the content first and then move onto the other features. Make sure that your content and elements are relevant to what point you are trying to make. Prioritize according to what the users expect or would like to see first. Then create and arrange content that way. If you have to think about an element for too long, then it definitely does not belong there.
Pictures that are relevant to your content will only add to its value. Good quality images and their relevance to the topic are crucial. The images do not have to be large to catch the eye of the user; they need to be device-friendly and relevant. Large images have an adverse effect on the download speeds of mobile devices. Much like the content, you should think twice before putting them up on your website. Make them flexible with adaptive sizes.
Typography needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to responsive web design. A lot of typefaces that you would want to use may not work on smaller screens as they work on a larger screen. Testing them before using them always saves the day!
Responsive web design does not only comprehend sizes of the device, but it also considers the various input methods. Touchscreens are a little tricky, so it is essential to have more prominently sized buttons and links attached. The optimization of your user experience is also essential.
Testing on actual devices is a crucial practice. Theoretical explanation will only work when you are reading it. Practically testing your web design on real devices (that must include different sizes and input methods) is extremely important.
Responsive web designs are continuously growing. There’s a lot more to cover when it comes to RWD. But hey, we all start with the basics. Best practices for this field are changing fast as well, which is what makes RWD grow.