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4 Golden Rules of Responsive Web Design

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Having a great website is very crucial, especially since you want to sell something from it. You provide ease of access of  information on your website, and you would like people to read them thoroughly. Hence, it’s important that you design your website easy to use for users. That’s also why you need to create a responsive web design. It is a web page which is created to respond or resizes itself according to the type of device it is being accessed.

Responsive web design is a solution for a traditional “fixed” website.  Traditional “fixed” website makes a website more challenging to see. When viewed on a desktop computer, the website might show three columns. However, when you view the same layout on a smaller tablet, you might have to scroll horizontally. This is not going to please your users. Therefore, you need to use responsive web design. But how can you do it? Check the complete information about its golden rules below!

Make sure to design with real content

The first golden rule of responsive web design is to make sure that you design with a real content. Make sure you have a content strategy in the first place. Whether the output of that will be used on the live site or not, you need a good content idea which will be used in the final site. This is completely important because what is the point in designing something if you don’t know what content will be used.

You can begin to build content reference wireframes once you have the ideal content. To show the basic layout of your main templates, you can adopt a basic rectangular blocks technique where each content piece will sit. You will be able to show where the navigation, sub-navigation, and footer. You can design the framework and make a layered detail down the line without getting into any level of detail at first.

Try to develop a pattern library

For responsive web design, a pattern library is becoming an important output you can’t ignore. It exposes notes and code snippets. You should break the site into patterns because it makes it easy to find those bits of markup since all the elements that are in the site are in one place. Besides, device testing will become more convenient because everything is on one page by using this pattern library.

Choose to design “in-browser”

When you want to create a responsive web design, make sure that you choose to design the site in the channel in which the site will be displayed and present it in the browser. Try to minimize the use of flat visuals and remember to also demonstrate the site on how it looks on different devices. This will reduce building site’ development time because design “in-browser” will simplify the updates across all your pages.

Ensure to make it universally usable

There are tons of possible circumstances of how a user could be using your website. This is related to the numerous smartphones and tablets with input types and different screen sizes. To make sure your design works pretty well in the different situation, you have to design it universally. Consider to design it with a slightly oversized hit area to have an enjoyable desktop experience while keeping a simple and mobile-friendly experience, ensure a good jump link, and surfaces any major call-to-action near the screen’s top along with supporting content beneath.

Those are some golden rules of responsive web design you have to consider. An easy and simple to use attractive website is all that users need. May this information helpful!

Speaking of a responsive web design, don’t miss out on our guide for “10-Steps Checklist for your next Website Redesign“. Hope this will come in handy when you plan on revamping your website :)

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