Two Responsive Website Design Tips for Front-End Developers

Are you looking to create bad ass responsive websites but don’t know where to start? We’re sure this is frustrating since you’ve probably been developing websites for years…dare say, you’ve been around long enough to witness “hot” flash websites, lived through the dark ages of the internet when no one shared information (or didn’t have information) and more. Have no fear; SDG Houston is here to show you the way about responsive designs.This post is not going to be as technical (about responsive design) as the title suggests. It is more of an introduction of two core elements of responsive design to intermediate developers who know their way around JavaScript, CSS files, etc.Nevertheless, what is responsive website design? Truth is, you’ve probably seen or heard about it from somewhere. If you haven’t, responsive websites are websites designed and developed for optimal viewing on various devices- mobile phones, smartphones, desktops and tablets. Note that this also includes websites designed to fit large computer monitors, and the latest High Definition TVs.

CSS3What you must know

One less known fact about modern web browsers that support CSS3 is that they can all render website content based on screen resolution. If you’ve seen your way around media queries then you know what we’re talking about. We will not delve into details since information about media queries is readily available as you read this. Media queries are the basis of responsive website design. While discovering them is nothing short of genius on the part of the creators, front end developers can learn how to sync media queries with their designs for different devices without having to create different sites for different devices.


urlWhat about JavaScript?

Since media queries are CSS based allowing you to change your files enough to create a responsive website, how about your JavaScript knowledge? While we would like to talk much about how JavaScript will make you a better developer, etc. truth is, JavaScript is not the bread and butter of responsive design. However, it has at most, one crucial role to play across media contexts like choosing the correct image size for various devices, and nothing more.

Overall, responsive design is here to stay considering that people now access the internet and surf websites on thousands of devices. Responsive design can help your business spend less developing separate websites for different devices, reduce bounce rates (very important for SEO and boosting conversions) as well as uniformity across all devices.
If you have a regular website for desktop and mobile, and are tired of double updates, or poor results, or the extra expense, responsive website design can be a savior.

SDG Houston is the heart and soul of website design with experience developing over 1000 websites, many of them responsive websites. Worry not about understanding media queries, CSS styling or JavaScript and other codes used to make websites responsive. SDG Houston is your one stop shop for all website designs- regular designs and responsive website designs.