Responsive Web Design – Best Approach For Mobile Devices

With the phenomenal growth of mobile gadgets, our website for My Little Pony Pajamas and My Little Pony Clothes has found a solution to ensure that potential customers accessing our site will be able to gain a good experience. Responsive web design is probably the best thing that happened to web design. Instead of redirecting a mobile user to the mobile version of a site, responsive web design takes a new approach in designing a website to automatically adapt to a small screen size. Content and other elements of web design automatically contracts, expands or otherwise rearrange themselves to serve a mobile experience.

Technologies used in responsive web design

Responsive web design is based on technologies that include HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It mainly harnesses CSS media queries in order to specify different stylesheets whenever the browser viewpoint reaches a certain width. Since Internet Explorer 8 and other older versions of browsers do not support CSS3 media queries, it can be enabled by using css3-mediaqueries.js or Respond.js. These are the two most popular JavaScript libraries that are currently available to support the CSS3 media queries on older browsers. Media queries deliver different styles to different devices so as to deliver the best type of experience. As part of the CSS3 specification, media queries expand the role of the media attribute that controls how the styles are applied. It allows web designers to target styles based on the device’s properties such as screen width or orientation to show the same page as viewed from a desktop browser.

Best practices when designing for mobile web

If your mobile site will simply be a pared down version of your main website, the first compromise is to use less content to make the mobile site usable and useful. Keeping text count smaller will ensure that the page will load quicker. The absence of a real mouse which makes it easy to scroll through big websites using a desktop computer requires additional links to be placed on the footer to keep page content within the field of vision without the need for scrolling. However, basic navigation to primary pages is best placed at the top of the page in a single line of links.

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