What is Responsive Web Design (RWD)?
In our days, the Internet can be accessed from many devices.
The screen size/resolution differs from large screen TVs, desktop computer screens to tablets and cell phones.
The purpose of responsive design is to have one site, but with elements that respond differently when viewed on devices of different sizes.
What is a Responsive Website ?
Practically, when viewed on a desktop computer, for instance, a website might show three columns of content. But when you view that same page on a smaller tablet, it might force you to scroll horizontally, something users do not like. On a small smartphone screen, websites can be even more challenging to view.
With a responsive design, the website will automatically adjust to the size/resolution of the device. For example, the same content might be displayed in two columns on the tablet and in one column on a cell phone screen. Sometimes, the same device can have different views. Think about the portrait orientation or the landscape orientation available on tablets when you turn them sideways...
In the past years, the share of Internet traffic coming from Mobile devices has grown significantly from 16% in 2013 to more than 52% in 2019.
In 2020, a Business cannot afford to have a website that is not responsive and take the risk of losing half of its potential audience/clients.
How to know if a Website is Responsive ?
If you are on a desktop computer or laptop, you can simply resize your browser window when you visit the website.
Check this 2 mins Youtube video to see how to do it: