Debunking Some Common Responsive Design Myths

It's almost impossible to ignore the importance and benefits that a responsive website provides to its users. These days, websites are often built using the responsive design framework to ensure that the user can conveniently access websites whenever and wherever they want.

But there are many rumors and myths associated with responsive design which can create barriers while executing your future responsive design projects. So, here are some common myths related to responsive design.

Responsive Design is all About Mobile

It’s a fact that the sudden proliferation of mobile devices is the reason behind such a strong existence of responsive web design, but the approach actually moves beyond the mere concept of “mobile”. Developers also need to take into account the different kind of devices the website is being viewed on. Not only this but their location and the way they are accessing a particular web design also matters a lot.

Apart from the content, designers also pay attention to the way it is presented to the user. Here, resolutions, layouts, fonts, and text size are some of the elements which should be used judiciously to make a design pleasing and useful to the audience. So, it’s not only about mobile. We need to pay attention to the different contexts to maintain all the aspects which together make a design responsive.

Responsive Design is a Time Consuming Process

No absolutely wrong! Going for a responsive web design is actually a time saving process and is much better than designing for one device or catering the needs of a specific device. Doing so only increase your workload and you find yourself stuck in the complications of designing for specific devices rather than a variety of devices.

Using a responsive design is a much lucrative process since you are working with flexible grids, and CSS3 that will adjust the content and images from large to small, to suit the specifications of multiple devices.

Device Breakpoints Matter in Responsive Design

Responsive Design

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Most of the developers, these days, are adopting a particular developing style where they scale down the resolutions to make it compatible with a particular device. This is wrong! If someone claims to built a website responsive then it has to confirm the behavioral properties of all the devices, and not just a particular one.

For this, developers need to use a kind of framework, which will provide them an easier way to handle or work with breakpoints. They can also choose to build their own frameworks to kick start the process.

You Have to Test for Each and Every Device

Device Compatibility

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A completely senseless point. Responsive design is all about creating a website which can automatically adjust itself as per the specifications of multiple devices and browsers out there. HTC probably has 12 different screen sizes and resolution combinations on Android and that too in a single product line. And same is the case with LG, Motorola, Sony and so on..

A small sampling is enough to test the functioning of a responsive design and that’s all you actually need to do. A responsive design also allows us to focus on the needs of each OS and device and keep us free to perform tests on a myriad of devices.

Content Gets Hidden in a Responsive Design

Content is King

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The main objective of a responsive design is to make sure that the website is accessible to all the users using different devices. Then, why anyone would want to hide the content? Hiding content isn’t an idea that one should give a thought of. In fact, in a responsive design, content is designed in such a way that it provides the maximum readability and information to the user. Fonts are strategically used to ensure that it is easily consumed by even the most distracted user.

Conclusion

Don’t just casually believe in the hype, responsive design is the only approach which can move your business ahead. And you can always rely on it to meet the ongoing demands of your online business.

About Author:

Maria Mincey is a prolific writer, who brings to the table a quantum of knowledge around Web Design and Web Development Services. She works for Xicom Technologies, a Cakephp Development Company which delivers most comprehensive web applications and solutions for different industry verticals.

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