United Digital CEO Joe Wehinger explains Responsive Website Design for Small Businesses
At our company, United Digital, our major focus is strengthening internet presence for our clients that results in awareness and sales. There are a number of ways to accomplish these results – social media marketing, video production and promotion, website design, SEO, branding — just to name a few. Today we’re going to talk about one of the first steps – responsive website design.
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Responsive design is a front-end development process that allows web pages to fit the screens of the device it is displayed on, whether it is a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. This is done by customizing a cascading style sheet (CSS) so that a website can scale the entire width of a browser, regardless of the device that is being used.
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Having a responsive design is ideal because it gives you a lot of control over your layout if you are at ease with handling media queries, which are used to control the layout on a variety of screen sizes and devices. In other words, the website responds based on the device being used and the layout is adjusted to optimize readability and user experience. Depending on the device, elements may be scaled up or down. Some elements may be removed completely. Some elements arranged differently than in the fixed desktop version of the site.
This has always worked best for phones with smaller screens. Devices that have a larger screen display (i.e. the Samsung Galaxy and some of the newer iphones on the market) will still display the mobile version of the site – just not at full screen.
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Responsive websites are not created with a specific device in mind, instead they are created to scale your content. Your website will be reformatted and resized to ensure you have the best user experience possible, regardless if you are using a desktop computer, a smartphone or a tablet. Another benefit of responsive websites is they they are able to be upgraded or reformatted for any future technologies as well. In addition, responsive websites only have to be coded once, instead of previous templates that required mobile-only sub-domains and content. With a responsive website, you can have full confidence that that your website will continue to look organized and elegant for all of your current and potential customers both now and in the future.
Responsive websites also significantly improve SEO, which will make it much easier for customers to find you online. Search engines have a preference towards responsive websites because it is much easier for their It has also been found that search engines prefer responsive websites because their search crawlers can access the content easily.