Most individuals or companies who have recently had a website created (or redesigned) are probably already familiar with the concept of responsive website design. A very general method of describing responsive website design goes like this: A responsive website ensures that the site looks great and works great regardless of the end user’s device/screen size.
For the most part, that’s an accurate statement, but there is one critical item that sometimes gets overlooked or mishandled. It’s a very important detail that, if not implemented correctly, will cause major headaches for your website visitors in the not-so-distant future.
Responsive website design does not mean making websites look great and work great on specific devices. We don’t want to create different page layouts specifically for an iPhone 12 and a different layout for a Galaxy S20 and for an iPad Mini, and so on and so on. The number of different mobile (and not-so-mobile) devices continues to grow, and it’s simply impossible to design and develop websites for specific devices.
True responsive website design means creating and implementing page layouts that are more fluid in nature. A responsive website needs to look and work great on ANY screen size, including those sizes that occur in those liminal spaces between device sizes. Who’s to say that future devices can’t have completely different screen sizes than what we have currently? True responsive website design future-proofs your site.
Whether a website visitor is viewing your site on the tiniest smartphone available or whether they’re viewing your site with a web browser on their new 75-inch Smart TV, if your site is truly madly deeply responsive, it will look terrific and be super-easy to navigate.
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About the author:
Partner, Director of Development
Christopher is the Director of Development and one of the partners at Torx. In addition to keeping Torx's Richmond office firing on all cylinders, he can often be found deep in the trenches, building custom content management systems and WordPress-powered websites. He still remembers how to write Basic computer programs on Apple IIs and Commodore 64s.