Freelance Web Design (since 2000)

in Cape Town..., of course!

Fully Responsive

What does your web site look like on your mobile phone?

I remember when the default screen resolution we created web pages for, were 600 x 800. And those irritating disclaimer messages: "This page is best viewed on...". Thank goodness those days are over. Or are they?

Today it is unthinkable to put a web site out there that is not suitable for viewing across devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. Unfortunately, it still happens.

Responsive Web Design (RWD) has come a long way in only a few years. Over the last 2 or 3 years, the term "responsive" has become standard talk, if not taken for granted, when discussing web design. But, what does that mean?

In short, the RWD concept indicates that the same content of a web page will display completely on all screen sizes, without "penalising" the smaller screens.

The first attempts at mobile web sites, turned out to be separate, watered-down mobile sites. This meant that the site owner decided which content would be available to mobile users, and effectively "penalising" them for not using desktop- or laptop computers.

Skipping a few years on, we now have the technology to fully accommmodate most screen sizes (from 320x480 to 1920×1440), as well as specialist features that comes with certain devices, such as taps, swipes, etc. Effectively this means that ALL content is shown on all screen sizes, although not necessarily in the same format. Typically, navigation systems (menus) and content position may differ, and image sizes and resolutions change, to accommodate mobile users in terms of download speed/cost.

So, now there is no technical reason to exclude the majority of internet users, i.e. mobile users.

Speak to us if you're not sure if your existing web site is responsive. We can help.

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