The recent surge of smartphone users has turned the internet on it’s head over the last year. We as web designers and developers have had to completely rethink how we design and build websites. We’ve always placed the utmost importance on useability when it comes to our website designs, so how users interact with a website on a tablet or smartphone has been a welcome challenge to our team!
Responsive web design provides an answer to the myriad of devices and screen sizes available. Basically the elements on the page are displayed differently depending on the device. So a single column arrangement on a smartphone enables users to scroll through the content easily without having to zoom in and out, and the use of suitably sized buttons and menus prevent users having to precisely aim their finger at a tiny text link!
Web users are gradually getting used to seeing these responsive websites and we think they will be the norm in the not too distant future. Google recently gave responsive web design the thumbs up which means from an SEO (search engine optimisation) point of view, having a responsive site also gives you the edge in page rankings. Google likes websites that are user friendly and offer the best possible user experience, so their approval of responsive web design says it all!
Responsive web design has revolutionised the internet and opened up a wealth of new creative ideas when it comes to presenting your business online. All the same user friendly design that we employed for full screens such as easy to read text, straightforward navigation and minimal clicks are still there, just on a different scale! Content managed sites (for you to edit yourself) are still available in responsive sites too.
Frank & Alex have built a few beautiful responsive websites over the past year that are just a joy to use, here is a list of our favourites:
A simple responsive website for a plumbing and heating engineer based in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
A striking fundraising responsive website for the Esther Benjamins Trust, working with children in Nepal.
A substantial fundraising responsive website for the Thai Children’s Trust raising money and attracting sponsors for children in Thailand.
If your company needs a responsive website then get in touch on 01484 691844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat about what you want and how we can help.