How Do I Make My Website Responsive?

As you may have noticed as a trend over the past few years, your website now needs to speak to ever-growing requirements of users, one of the main items on the agenda is finding the best way to make a responsive website.

Simple desktop screens are no longer the home base for clients seeking services on the internet, with the surge in mobile phone and tablet technology giving people a greater advantage of searching more immediately on the go.

How do you adapt your website to become responsive to meet these needs of your customer base? Mainly you would opt to go to a professional in responsive web design in Stockport to do the job effectively and correctly the first time, however, there are some steps you can take yourself to get it started.

Layout

When making an existing site responsive, you need to start with the overall layout. To make this responsive, your first step is to add the meta tag <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0″> to all web pages.

What this does is set the viewport of the page, providing the browser with instructions on control of the dimensions and scaling. Without this mobile devices will be seeing the websites like a default desktop version, which results in bigger circumstances of users switching to another site.

Media Queries

Media queries are the first and most crucial CSS feature to learn and utilise.

Media queries are the source of styling elements based on the viewport width. The most popular strategy is the writing of mobile styles first and building on them with further complex, desktop specific styles. Media queries are used for the grid layout, font size, margins and padding that differentiates screen size and orientation.

Media queries is an essential step in responsive web design, although there are other new CSS features widely adopted and supported by browsers such as Flexbox, which provides a more efficient way to layout, align and distribute space more fluidly.

Responsive Images and Video

Your aspect ratio box is a quite helpful tool when developing your website, and is key to establishing responsive images, video and other elements.

The most commonly used CSS property in making images responsive is the max-width property, by setting the value at 100% on the style attribute on each page. Save the file in an HTML format, run the application on a browser, drag the browser sideways to make it small. Depending on the size of the browser window, the image should fit itself.

Naturally, there are a lot of elements to this area and requires a lot of independent research into how to best make video and images look their best on phones and tablets.

Tools and Monitoring

When working on a responsive website there are a number of tools that are of use. Chrome’s DevTools is one that provides mobile emulation over a selection of tablet and mobile devices that presents a way to define custom viewport sizes.

There are also open-source tools that analyze website performance for devices, such as Lighthouse which can call out improperly loaded images based on a majority of devices.

There are many evolving and upcoming trends as it relates to responsive web design and it can be tough to constantly keep on top of them. Therefore, many would recommend specialists in website design in Stockport who have all of the latest breaking tools and updates on advances in responsive website design in Stockport.

Contact the team at Search and More for all of your responsive web needs and to find the best way to make a responsive website.

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