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What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 9:07pm On May 06
Every website has different needs and thus requires different features. For example, an online retail store like jumia which sells clothes has to have an inventory control feature which will ensure that the items for sale are in stock.

However, this same feature will be useless for a company page which is not selling any physical products online. Regardless of specific features and needs, a common feature critical to the success of all websites is responsive web design and mobile friendliness.

The field of web development and design is now unable to keep up with new devices and resolutions. Creating a different version for each new device or resolution is not only impractical, but also impossible.

However, if a website is not optimized for certain devices, it risks losing out on visitors from those devices. These devices include smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs.

Also, let us not forget that people generally use them interchangeably to move through the buying process. For example, someone can browse through their phone while they commute and make the purchase two days later, in the evening, from their laptop at home.

With the increase in smartphone usage worldwide, responsive web design is a must. Before expanding on web design responsiveness, let’s see what responsive web design really is.

What is Responsive Web Design?

Responsive web design is the approach which suggests that website development and design should respond to the behavior and environment of the user. This includes screen size, platform, and orientation.

It involves utilizing flexible layouts, grids, and images. For example, if a user switches from his laptop to tablet, the website should also automatically switch to accommodate the differences in image size and resolution between the two devices.

This means that the website should respond to the user’s preferences, thereby eliminating the need for different designs for all different devices in the market today. In other words, a wider display should allow viewers to easily browse a site with multiple columns while a smaller screen should have the same content presented in a single column with appropriately sized columns and links.

If you look at website like Nairaland, Jiji and Jumia you would notice the User experience on  mobile is different from PC


Mobile/smartphones are slowly taking over the primary way users experience the web. This means that having a responsive website is more crucial than ever.

Responsive design does not only mean a consistent experience on smartphones – it includes the way websites work on all screens. Hence, businesses looking to make their web design more responsive should have simpler layouts and streamlined experiences.

Benefits of Having a Responsive Web Design

The benefits of having a responsive web design include:

Supporting multi-device users to ensure a seamless and consistent experience. This can ensure that users returning to your site from a different device can easily access the same information they were interested in.
Easier website management. A responsive website means that you don’t have to maintain or worry about updating multiple versions.
Improved ranking on SERPs. Search engine giant Google recommends using a responsive web design which can support different devices/screen sizes. According to Google, over 70 % of its searches are for mobile devices.
Responsive web designs ensure future scalability. As responsive sites are fluid, they can easily be scaled up or down as needed to fit different screens. This means that businesses with a responsive site can efficiently respond to new devices with a design suited to a range of screen sizes.

Tips for Ensuring a Responsive Web Design

How can you ensure that your web design is responsive and provides a good user experience across multiple platforms? Keeping these 4 core principles in mind will save you a ton of time (and visitors):

Remove unnecessary content or codes

Remove all redundant or unnecessary content or codes, but retain features which offer functionality. These include product pages, navigation menus, etc.

Design with mobile in mind

As more and more people use smartphones for browsing websites, your website should be mobile friendly. This means that you should design your site for the smallest screen and work your way up.

Ensure that your call to actions (CTAs) are clear and can be easily tapped. Generally, designers also recommend reducing the size of graphics as complex or landscaped images do not display well on smaller screens.

Also, remember to prioritize content using a content inventory which lists all the page rankings and elements based on their importance.

Simple UI

Websites with a complex user interface or special features and rich media do not translate well onto smaller screens. Hence, it is important to keep your UI as simple as possible.

Here are 10 essential UI design tips:

Know your users
Define how people use your interface
Set expectations
Anticipate mistakes
Give feedback – fast
Think carefully about element placement and size
Don’t ignore standards
Make your interfaces easy to learn
Make decision-making simple
Listen to the data
Intuitive web design

Responsive web design is easy to use across different platforms. To ensure that your website is intuitive, you can use grid layouts, aligned page tabs, left to right page layout, etc. According to Us, an intuitive website should have these four things:

Easy Navigation
Easy navigation means that while the user is browsing through the property, they shouldn’t think about anything. An intuitive web design should let them know where to go and what to do – instinctively.
Telling the whole story
There isn’t much left to chance, or left out when it comes to the website. Headers are easy to find, and links are available when they are needed. This gives visitors the ability to get exactly what they need when they need it — perhaps before they need it!
Speedy & reliable
Every intuitive website user experience must encompass speed and reliability, i.e., slow loading and broken links. Everything should work smoothly, just as it should.
Strong brand & personality
Web design should maintain and highlight everything that is part of the brand identity and personality, from copywriting to shapes and colors.
Conclusion

Responsive web designs are not only low maintenance, but also provide versatility and a smooth user experience. Therefore, if you want your business to stand out, you should consider consulting a professional web design agency which can help you to build a unique, intuitive and responsive website.

Thank You

Lalasticlala

https://softplace.com.ng/what-is-responsive-web-design/

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Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 9:08pm On May 06
Always make your website Responsive

lalasticlala
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by Nobody: 10:33pm On May 06
Hello everyone do you need a website for any business we're here to help you
Bank website
Forex website
Bitcoin website
Binary website
Logistics website
And any other company website
Contact me on WhatsApp +2349045300940
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 10:41pm On May 06
Myrainsoftware:
Hello everyone do you need a website for any business we're here to help you
Bank website
Forex website
Bitcoin website
Binary website
Logistics website
And any other company website
Contact me on WhatsApp +2349045300940

bro carry your hustle go another place now LOL
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by AdaoraJoy(f): 4:57am On May 09
Nice write up
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 5:24pm On May 09
AdaoraJoy:
Nice write up

Thanks adaora

Lalasticlala
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by Island01: 10:36pm On May 22
softplace:
Every website has different needs and thus requires different features. For example, an online retail store like jumia which sells clothes has to have an inventory control feature which will ensure that the items for sale are in stock.

However, this same feature will be useless for a company page which is not selling any physical products online. Regardless of specific features and needs, a common feature critical to the success of all websites is responsive web design and mobile friendliness.

The field of web development and design is now unable to keep up with new devices and resolutions. Creating a different version for each new device or resolution is not only impractical, but also impossible.

However, if a website is not optimized for certain devices, it risks losing out on visitors from those devices. These devices include smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs.

Also, let us not forget that people generally use them interchangeably to move through the buying process. For example, someone can browse through their phone while they commute and make the purchase two days later, in the evening, from their laptop at home.

With the increase in smartphone usage worldwide, responsive web design is a must. Before expanding on web design responsiveness, let’s see what responsive web design really is.

What is Responsive Web Design?

Responsive web design is the approach which suggests that website development and design should respond to the behavior and environment of the user. This includes screen size, platform, and orientation.

It involves utilizing flexible layouts, grids, and images. For example, if a user switches from his laptop to tablet, the website should also automatically switch to accommodate the differences in image size and resolution between the two devices.

This means that the website should respond to the user’s preferences, thereby eliminating the need for different designs for all different devices in the market today. In other words, a wider display should allow viewers to easily browse a site with multiple columns while a smaller screen should have the same content presented in a single column with appropriately sized columns and links.

If you look at website like Nairaland, Jiji and Jumia you would notice the User experience on  mobile is different from PC


Mobile/smartphones are slowly taking over the primary way users experience the web. This means that having a responsive website is more crucial than ever.

Responsive design does not only mean a consistent experience on smartphones – it includes the way websites work on all screens. Hence, businesses looking to make their web design more responsive should have simpler layouts and streamlined experiences.

Benefits of Having a Responsive Web Design

The benefits of having a responsive web design include:

Supporting multi-device users to ensure a seamless and consistent experience. This can ensure that users returning to your site from a different device can easily access the same information they were interested in.
Easier website management. A responsive website means that you don’t have to maintain or worry about updating multiple versions.
Improved ranking on SERPs. Search engine giant Google recommends using a responsive web design which can support different devices/screen sizes. According to Google, over 70 % of its searches are for mobile devices.
Responsive web designs ensure future scalability. As responsive sites are fluid, they can easily be scaled up or down as needed to fit different screens. This means that businesses with a responsive site can efficiently respond to new devices with a design suited to a range of screen sizes.

Tips for Ensuring a Responsive Web Design

How can you ensure that your web design is responsive and provides a good user experience across multiple platforms? Keeping these 4 core principles in mind will save you a ton of time (and visitors):

Remove unnecessary content or codes

Remove all redundant or unnecessary content or codes, but retain features which offer functionality. These include product pages, navigation menus, etc.

Design with mobile in mind

As more and more people use smartphones for browsing websites, your website should be mobile friendly. This means that you should design your site for the smallest screen and work your way up.

Ensure that your call to actions (CTAs) are clear and can be easily tapped. Generally, designers also recommend reducing the size of graphics as complex or landscaped images do not display well on smaller screens.

Also, remember to prioritize content using a content inventory which lists all the page rankings and elements based on their importance.

Simple UI

Websites with a complex user interface or special features and rich media do not translate well onto smaller screens. Hence, it is important to keep your UI as simple as possible.

Here are 10 essential UI design tips:

Know your users
Define how people use your interface
Set expectations
Anticipate mistakes
Give feedback – fast
Think carefully about element placement and size
Don’t ignore standards
Make your interfaces easy to learn
Make decision-making simple
Listen to the data
Intuitive web design

Responsive web design is easy to use across different platforms. To ensure that your website is intuitive, you can use grid layouts, aligned page tabs, left to right page layout, etc. According to Us, an intuitive website should have these four things:

Easy Navigation
Easy navigation means that while the user is browsing through the property, they shouldn’t think about anything. An intuitive web design should let them know where to go and what to do – instinctively.
Telling the whole story
There isn’t much left to chance, or left out when it comes to the website. Headers are easy to find, and links are available when they are needed. This gives visitors the ability to get exactly what they need when they need it — perhaps before they need it!
Speedy & reliable
Every intuitive website user experience must encompass speed and reliability, i.e., slow loading and broken links. Everything should work smoothly, just as it should.
Strong brand & personality
Web design should maintain and highlight everything that is part of the brand identity and personality, from copywriting to shapes and colors.
Conclusion

Responsive web designs are not only low maintenance, but also provide versatility and a smooth user experience. Therefore, if you want your business to stand out, you should consider consulting a professional web design agency which can help you to build a unique, intuitive and responsive website.

Thank You

Lalasticlala

https://softplace.com.ng/what-is-responsive-web-design/


good evening bro, please I saved up to learn an IT program, please advice me on a lucrative field to engage in

God bless
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 10:39pm On May 22
Island01:



good evening bro, please I saved up to learn an IT program, please advice me on a lucrative field to engage in

God bless

java is a good start
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by Island01: 10:42pm On May 22
softplace:


java is a good start


boss is Java a full course on is own,how much will it cost me, thanks for your response
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by Island01: 10:43pm On May 22
softplace:


java is a good start

bro is it a full course on it's own, how much will it cost me, thanks for your response sir
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 10:44pm On May 22
Island01:



boss is Java a full course on is own,how much will it cost me, thanks for your response

if you go youtube you can learn for free just have money for data and fuel for light
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by Island01: 11:04pm On May 22
softplace:


if you go youtube you can learn for free just have money for data and fuel for light
thanks boss I appreciate, how long will it take me
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 11:05pm On May 22
Island01:
thanks boss I appreciate, how long will it take me

depends on how serious you are about it
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by NACE13: 9:45am On May 23
softplace:


java is a good start

Lovely writeup; I commend the effort you put into this to enlighten individuals.

I can see this topic majors in web design/development. Quick questions:

I love the web world and so far taught myself to code but the problem I am facing is getting a good client base to work, even this freelancing sites aren't helping, so I decided to look inwards. How can one get a target client in this country? I'm not very good at selling myself to strangers

Another thing is that I am kind of scared to source for clients because I feel I am not just ready to step out. Do I need a type of certification in order to step out?

Thirdly, I taught myself HTML, CSS, (still battling with JavaScript) and going deep in Php server side I.e trying out Object Oriented Programming. Do I necessarily need to learn OOP? because it is like conflicting with my knowledge of Php Procedural Programming.

Are you a freelancer or you work with an organization? Can you give me few names of web tech companies in Nigeria one could apply to.

Thank you
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by veggieman2be(m): 11:48am On May 23
Please my guys. There seems to be issues with my trend I can't reply to messages but I can view my two topics and I can login, I have even changed my password. I can view other people topic and even reply to messages but on my own trend I cannot send messages, I always receive error message saying "Sorry something went wrong. Please try religion or refresh" I have tried the suggestion but not working. Any solution
How can someone also contact NL support team
Thanks
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by softplace: 12:28pm On May 23
veggieman2be:
Please my guys. There seems to be issues with my trend I can't reply to messages but I can view my two topics and I can login, I have even changed my password. I can view other people topic and even reply to messages but on my own trend I cannot send messages, I always receive error message saying "Sorry something went wrong. Please try religion or refresh" I have tried the suggestion but not working. Any solution
How can someone also contact NL support team
Thanks

youve been banned just wait till like tomorrow evening
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by veggieman2be(m): 8:06pm On May 24
softplace:


youve been banned just wait till like tomorrow evening

Is been like that for long. But I can login and even reset my account and my email is still active with NL
Re: What Is Responsive Web Design? by veggieman2be(m): 10:07pm On May 26
softplace:

youve been banned just wait till like tomorrow evening
NL working fine on Opera but not working well on my phone default

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