Several years ago, A List Apart posted an article titled “Responsive Web Design.” It was an immediate hit among Web developers, describing how we could use existing technology to build websites that worked well on any size monitor or device. Since then, responsive design has revolutionized the industry, as few new sites are built without employing responsiveness.
At its simplest, a typical responsive design layout acts as a grid of blocks that will collapse and stack on top of one another as the monitor width shrinks. Collapsible menus and scaling images are also part of the feature set. Try it with the following sites, using a desktop monitor. Shrink the browser window to see what happens.
Building a mobile-optimized website was difficult prior to responsive design. It could be done, but mainly by tech wizards who had an excellent knowledge of Web technology. Having a completely separate website devoted to mobile devices was the most common solution. But this meant extra costs and challenges in maintaining a duplicate site.
Responsive design solved the problem and made it easy. Developers can now build responsive sites using the same or less development effort than before. The problem of varying monitor sizes has been solved. One site fits all, and now that websites can look great on mobile devices, the need for developing costly mobile apps has lessened.
We at Turell Group were among the first in the area to use responsive design, and we have mastered its intricacies, applying it to Joomla, WordPress and other platforms. We are also able to mobile-optimize existing sites, leaving the desktop design intact but employing responsiveness for smaller monitors. If you are planning a new website or looking to update your existing one, call us to see how we can help.