What is Responsive Web Design and How to use it

How responsive web design works

Now a days ever client wants mobile version of their website which is responsive design. Its because of excessive use of mobile devices. There are different brands of mobiles in market. Like iPhone, Blackberry, Android, iPad, Notebook etc. All of them operate in different resolutions mostly. So, its essential for us to provide good responsive web design for them. Which may work among all of them flawlessly. Because rapid advancement in mobile technology is never going to stop. So, we need solution for it.

Responsive is solution to it. Ever client wants it because of its need. As there are huge number of resolutions for different devices. So, it’s almost impossible to design elements for all of them separately.

So, what is solution to it?

Solution to it is responsive web design. Which may work equally in all those devices or any new upcoming devices accordingly. By changing itself in such a way that user can easily understand elements. Without seeing disturbance in their view.

So, what is Responsive Web Design?

What is responsive web design

Responsive design is basically a design which may respond t user behavior and environment based on user’s screen size, orientation and platform. Like it may adjust itself automatically on all screen resolution to deliver what looks best. Even on rotation of devices like flipping etc. If it does that all well then, it’s a responsive web design.

We can get that by using flexible grids and layouts, images, using CSS intelligently and by using media quires. The purpose to all this is if user switches form devices he shouldn’t get bad design. He should have a perfect design based upon his device. Now a days lot of opensource toolkits available to achieve this. Most famous among them is bootstrap.

The purpose of responsive design is to respond automatically to the user’s performance. As that should fix it automatically for any new device in market based upon its resolution. Today in this article we will discuss some of strategies for beginners which may help them to get a responsive design.

Basically, responsive web design is a collection of techniques and ideas. We can further define them by categorizing important aspects of them.

Fluid Grids in design

Fluid Grid Design

Fluid grids are the first and most important aspect of responsive design. There are two basic layouts in design. One is Fluid Grid while the other is liquid layout. Liquid layout expands with the page and its not too popular. While in fluid it is designed based upon proportions. As when user layout shrinks in different devices. With to all elements get adjusted accordingly related to each other automatically by resizing their width.

Simple formula to gain proportions for each page element is to divide the target element by its context. Fluid grids are very important part for creating a responsive web design. But they doesn’t fix all of our issues. We still need to cover up huge number of issues to create a responsive design for multiple devices. Sometimes fluid designs is not going to work on small design but we can cover that issue in next section of our article.

Media Queries in CSS

Media Queries in Design

Solution to fixing issues which are left after Fluid design is media queries. What media queries are basically they are part of CSS3. Almost all of modern browsers do support CSS3 and its media queries. As browsers get data about visitor and look for our queries in CSS. Then apply that accordingly. If user change its browsers width then browser automatically detects that and look for current resolution query in our CSS and fallback to that.

That’s how media queries basically works. If we move deep into them then simple way to define them in CSS3 is give below:

@media screen and (min-width: size in pixel){
// CSS elements for that size
}

The above given is an example of media query which will apply for min width given in pixels there. Mean it will look for browser width in minimum aspect. As it will apply that query only if minimum size of that browser is greater or equal to size present in that query.

@media screen and (max-width: size in pixel){
// CSS elements for that size
}

Then we have max width query which will do same for max size. Mean it will apply only if browser size is lesser then or equal to size given in that query. Same like that we can perform and define different queries using those media queries which can refine our design in great way. Some of well known sizes which are used for different devices are given below:

  • 320px
  • 480px
  • 600px
  • 768px
  • 900px
  • 1200px

The above given sizes are some of famous sizes which are used for media queries. Most of opensource tool-kits like Bootstrap etc use them already. And allow us to use their CSS classes for our ease. By spending some efforts and using above give two basic strategies for responsive web design we can create a great responsive website. You can see responsive design in action by simply resizing your browser and making its width greater and lesser on our site. Or on any famous site.

Conclusion

Once again, I will say responsive web design has great importance now a days. Never miss any part of it as even search engines like Google, Bing look for responsive designs and favor them. So it matters if you have responsive design for your website.

Hope you understood after reading this article as what is responsive web design? And what are simple ways to achieve it. Feel free to ask any questions about it in comments or using contact form.

Effect of WordPress Plugins

WordPress is most widely in use CMS currently. Almost every second website is using it now. In past there was rule of custom development but WordPress taken over it completely. Its good to develop websites in WordPress as its easy to manage. WordPress Plugins on other hand are available easily. have lots and lots of plugins available over internet for it.

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But here important thing to remember is same way how those plugins helps us in development. Same way they can hurt our website badly also. Too many unnecessary plugins could lead you to a disaster.

Effect on Speed

Plugins Effect on SpeedMost basic issue you could find of due to these plugins could be speed of your website. With increase in number of plugins you will surely increase number of scripts being used in your website. As almost plugin uses some scripts like jQuery or others to work. When you use too many plugins it causes increase in those scripts. And loading of those scripts increases load time of your webpage. Which is not good for website rank. As speed of website matters greatly for good rank over internet.

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WordPress Plugins Effect of Compatibility

As we all know WordPress sends updates consistently over the period of its use. Like few years ago we were using WordPress version 3 and now its over 4.9. So, it keeps improving its layout and structure to help users with better experience. Now here important thing is WordPress is an organization which developed it and maintain it.

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While on other hand plugins which we are using with it are not same. They are being developed and maintain by different users. It is not sure that plugin you were using with one version of WordPress will work with new update also. These kinds of things could create real issues.

Like if you are using 10 Plugins and 8 of them are not compatible with new versions. While old version of WordPress had venerability due to which WordPress updated it. In that kind of case you are in real trouble.

Security of Website

Security of Website

As discussed in previous section about regarding to compatibility of plugins and WordPress version. We can lead it forward towards with security issue. Like you are using a plugin in your website as a critical one. Mean without which your website won’t perform functions which you wanted it to be. Your website is famous and suddenly there comes a notification from security providers that plugin is not secure and is venerable to attacks.

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Now here if developer of that plugin is not active anymore and you don’t have any other option with you then you are in trouble. You have two options either to develop that functionality by your self and get rid of that plugin. Or sit and wait for developer to provide new secure version of that plugin. Letting old one running which is serious threat.

Conclusion

Those three are most basic concerns of any web developer and business owner. Speed of website, Compatibility of it over time and Security of Website. Here in some cases we are compromising almost all of them.

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We can avoid that by focusing on need of plugins. Only use plugins which are most needed and their developer is active over time. Mean he’s sending revisions of his plugin over time based upon issues and is active in support. Do not completely rely on plugins for all sort of actions. Else develop critical functionality of your website by yourself in website theme or create your own plugin for it. So you may know how you are doing things.

Except then those issues WordPress is really great CMS to use now a days. Wide range of plugins allow you to create a fully functional website easily and efficiently. But here one thing to remember always consult specialist about how to do things. Except of doing it by yourself. As even starters can develop websites in WordPress. But they don’t have knowledge about lots of things and they can’t manage them efficiently which could lead them and their business to disaster in future.