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Essential Ingredients of Responsive Website Design

With new technologies invented every other day, internet connectivity is not limited to PCs and laptops. In fact internet browsing through smart mobile devices is on the rise by leaps and bounds, and businesses are scrambling to create websites which can run efficiently on various devices irrespective of the size of the device. But since, the screens of different devices have different pixels width it makes web developers task challenging to create a website which suits different users.

The answer has come in form of responsive website design which is the much talked about concept currently. It allows websites to dynamically change their algorithm according to the device they are uploaded on and run efficiently across different platforms. So what are the essentials required for creating an effective responsive website?

Fluid Grid

To make a website responsive, its layout has to be made flexible and not static with pre-fixed pixel dimensions. Hence adopting a fluid grid layout is the foundation on which the website elements should be laid on. For fixed grid layouts you have to be change the screen size and resolutions manually, whereas the fluid grid has elasticity and flows without restrictions in the area it is contained. The dimensions of the elements within the layout are specified according to the percentage and not according to pixels. Hence the shrink and expand according to the screens they are loaded on.

Media Queries

A media query is a condition set by creating style sheets with break points from where the layout can get changed according to the specific parameters, including dimensions, color and orientation of the device. The media queries form a part of the CSS paradigm, which ensures that the different screen sizes and platforms of the devices do not change the look of the webpage display. It ensures there is uniformity in the outlook of the webpage.

Removal of Non-Essentials

The difference is definitely there between a small screen and a big screen, and you cannot expect to show all the elements of the layout on the small screens. It could often lead to cramping of your mobile screens hence you should remove the non-essential elements of your website which are not required. Make only the key contents available in a more readable manner to the users.

Responsive Image and Replacements

Images are the integral part of a webpage layout, without them the website loses its panache, but to make images run effectively on screens following different pixel resolution can make the web designers run for their money. Hence web designers can choose to replace the images and regulate the flow of data according to the device it is flowing into.

Responsive Navigation

Navigation is an essential tool which takes the user through all the contents and elements of a website. Hence when creating a responsive website design, web designers should choose navigation options which are easily visible on small screens and can be effectively used. There are various sets to navigational tool available, including footer navigation, menu overlay, multi toggle, or Off Canvas, etc.

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