Responsive Design: Best Practices for Designing a Website

The term Responsive design means developing a website in a way that adapts all the computer screen resolutions. Particularly this concept allows a 4 column layout that is 1292px wide, on 1025px wide screen that is divided into 2 columns automatically. It is adaptable for android phones and tablet screens. This designing method is known as “responsive web design”

Responsive designing is a different concept from traditional web designing, so the question arises how you should build a good responsive website. Here is a general practices that can help you to build a responsive website design.

  1. Use of media to make your website layout adaptable for all type of screens
  2. Design your website using liquid layouts that are fit for any screen size. If your website is only designed for Android/iPhone, tablets or the desktop, it will not be comfortable with any new screen which has becomes popular suddenly.
  3. Use of CSS3 Media Queries or javascript so that all browsers support your website.
  4. Load the content of your website using JavaScript to stop lazy loading of the website.
  5. It is difficult to build the liquid layout of your website in Photoshop , so build your comps in the browser.
  6. Scale your images using : img { max-width: 100%; }.
  7. Roll on your own grids based on the specifications of the content of your website.

You must be aware of the fact that responsive design is the new and young idea of web designing today. It is not hard and fast rule to follow the above points, but these are some guidelines to build your website.