What is Tulsa responsive web design?

According to the general community Responsive Web Design is…

Tulsa Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). – Wikipedia

Simply put, Tulsa Responsive Web Design is the ability for a website to function, and react to changes in the user’s screen size. A truly Responsive website will be appealing no matter the pixel-width of the browser, the content will re-size, and re-arrange itself to fit. Many project managers include responsive aspects as a forethought, and the results is a barely responsive website, that is more-so crippled than empowered by the changes. Tulsa Responsive web design is a design paradigm that should be included in the foundation of any website. It goes hand-in-hand with mobile-first design, and platform independent architectures.  If you are not thinking about being responsive at the first line of code, then you won’t be responsive by the last.

 

Is my website Responsive?

Good News! There is an easy test, that anyone can perform which will tell how responsive your website is. Being that there are dozens and dozens of screen sizes in today’s age, your website might be rendered anywhere between 300-3000 pixels. To test the responsive-ness of your website, open it up in a web browser, then “Restore Down” your browser window. (If your web browser is not full screen, your ready). Once your browser window is resizable, you can stretch it out,
vertically, and horizontally to any size. The pixel length of your window will depend on your monitor resolution, regardless your website should work, and function (menu’s, dropdowns, hover’s, ect.) no matter what the height, or width is. Most website’s now-a-day are semi-responsive, meaning they will work at certain preset places (where most mobile screens are, but not all!) and not worry about in-between. This is not true responsive web design. This does not take into account so many mobile screens, as well as the cluttered desktop of a bank manager who has his browser window’s width set to 86% so he can view multiple windows simultaneously whose viewports land directly between those “breakpoints”. The number of “Half-Screen” user’s is growing everyday. Microsoft Window’s 8 includes a window partitioning feature that allows the user to easily resize their windows to half-screen on the left and right side of the monitor. (If your on a windows 8 machine, drag your browser window to the top left, or top right corner of your screen and you will see a small outline fill half your screen, release and your window will populate the box)

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Why should I want to be Responsive?

Responsive Design provides a strong foundation for flexible development. Your company may be small now, but shortly down the road a Mobile App could come into play. With True Tulsa Responsive Web Design, you can easily transform any part of your website into a mobile phone application. With the release of the iPhone 6, it shows that even Apple has jumped onto the “Size-Matters” band-wagon. This will only result in more varying screen sizes and resolutions, meaning your website will be viewed in many different perspectives, most of which will not land within preset “breakpoints” that most websites rely on. At the core of Responsive Design is the ideal that any given website should be accessible regardless of screen size, viewport type, and capabilities of the end user’s machine. To follow this ideal, any website should be fully accessible to users with vision accessibility including those using screen reader software, as well as fully function on any supported browser version, including my mother’s Internet Explorer 7 she uses on her Windows XP machine from the 90’s. The end-game of proper Responsive Design is a well built website, that can reach the largest pool of users, in the most effective way, as well as be flexible enough for future development onto other platforms.

 

My website is Responsive! Isn’t that great!

Absolutely! That’s a wonderful thing, and you should proudly boast. But what’s next? Is that where it ends? Certainly not! To achieve true Responsive, many developers install and use plugins, widgets,and API’s until much of their code-base is not their own. The addition of so much code slows down webpage load times, and increases lag times in the javascript function parser.  The effect is typically seen on mobile users, whose computing power, and network connection speed are typically fractions of the desktop users. No-one wants to wait forever for a webpage to load, regardless of how accessible it may be, so my next question- Is your website Adaptive?

An adaptive website is one that takes into account certain properties of the users device and sends webpages dependent on those properties. For example, if you view a webpage on an Apple device with Retina screen resolutions, you would benefit form having the larger-file-size Retina images sent, whereas some android device whose maximum screen resolution is far below that of a Retina image would wait longer to get the Retina, and not benefit from it’s resolution. An Adaptive website will ask what device resolution you have, and either send the retina images, or send the smaller optimized images. A more powerful adaptive website would also check your connection speed if that data is available and omit, or include certain pieces of your webpage. (Maybe they don’t need the 500kB background-gradient THIS TIME) Along with the omission, the web server could send instructions to the client’s browser asking them to start loading the other webpage’s in the background, so they might be ready if the user want’s to view them. The Adaptive quality of a website is a reflection of the developers optimization effort. Adaptive websites are just those who have been thoroughly optimized for their users. I believe Adaptive Rendering is the peanut butter to Responsive Design’s jelly.

 

My website needs help!

Don’t worry! Hot Coffey Design is here to save the day! Please Contact Us so we can discuss the next steps involved in making your website user friendly, and user happy. We can optimize existing pages, or do a complete site review and offer our amazing Search Engine Optimization services as well! Even if you are not in the market for a new design firm, we can offer the reassurance of double-checking your existing web development companies work, to ensure your getting your dollars worth!  Here at Hot Coffey Design we take pride in our products. We are the responsive web design experts.

 

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