It’s hard to keep your website up to date with the latest layout trends, especially now that people are more likely to view your website on their phone than their computer. Because mobile browsing has taken over, it has never been more important for your website to be compatible and responsive. The following three tips will help you keep up with the latest responsive design trends.
Know if Your Website is Responsive
Pull out your smartphone or tablet and go to your website. If the elements of your site fit nicely on your screen and are easy to read and navigate, you have a responsive website. If your images are too big or your words are too small, you probably don’t have one. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to fix.
Make Your Website Responsive
One of the easiest ways to make your website responsive is to use a hosting site that does it for you, such as WordPress or Weebly. These sites set up the responsive coding and have templates available if you want to minimize the creation process.
A more hands-on solution is to add media queries into your website’s code. These tell the browser how to display your website content when you have different screen resolutions accessing your website. For example, you could add a query that tells the browser to not display a sidebar if the width of the device being used is too small.
When in doubt, outsource. Ask other small businesses for a referral to help you find a good programmer or search for one at hackathons and programming conferences. No matter where you find your programmer, give him or her a test project to make sure you’re satisfied with his or her work.
Once you set up your site to be responsive, check back in to see how it looks on a mobile device. All of your content should be displayed proportionally with the images automatically resized to your screen. It also should be easy to navigate using a touchscreen rather than a cursor. Keep in mind that phone screens can be used in portrait or landscape modes and that Android phones like the Galaxy S7 have split screen capabilities.
Things to Remember
When making your website responsive, don’t overload it to the point of slowing it down. Keep in mind the loading time because that could deter people from viewing your site.
Another common mistake is accidentally placing important information in areas that don’t show up in the mobile version of your website. Look at your website on a mobile device and see whether or not all the information you want customers to see is on your screen. Take the time to view your website on different types of devices because what works for Apple may not work for Android. Make adjustments as needed.