Your WordPress Site and Responsive Design

Implementing Responsive Web Design (RWD) on your WordPress site is vitally important, and not as hard as you might think. Responsive web design only came to us in 2010, when the iPhone was just 3 years old. Android was just beginning to pick up steam, and the iPad was only a month old. Today, one-quarter of all new websites are powered by WordPress and designing for mobile couldn’t be more important.

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Today, people aren’t just using their mobile devices to look up information or play games. They are browsing websites, and they are spending money. If you are a web developer, RWD is unavoidable. [Size Matters: Reimagining Your Website for Mobile Devices (bloggingpro.com)]

Responsive Sites

Responsive website designing enables businesses to maintain their current websites without having to create something completely new, or giving them a brand new system to have to work on. It enables their users to view the site on whichever device they want to use. Instead of having to spend time, resources and money to develop two native applications, one for Android and the other for iOS, with RWD you can create a simple mobile website that works across platform and device, and the app can be powered by WordPress. Responsive web design: the war has not yet been won (elliotjaystocks.com)

What Makes WordPress Different?

There are a lot of good things you can do with WordPress and RWD. Using WordPress as a platform makes Responsive Web Design a lot easier. Because with WordPress, you’re often handing the keys over to the client, but the content is a lot more unpredictable with a static website, or even a dynamic site that has a small amount of content. And since WordPress is so flexible, users can create many different sorts of content. However, it is that same flexibility that developers can take advantage of when creating a new responsive site.

CSS

WordPress is different in part because it generates a lot of CSS classes for its elements. This might initially sound bad on the surface, but in truth, it gives you a lot of fine-grained control over most of the automatically generated areas. This can include archive areas, the post body, comments, and more. Knowing these classes, and when they are generated, can help you to apply the best styles to your themes when you’re working with any imaginable screen size. 7 Ways to Determine the Merits of Responsive Web Design (cmswire.com)

Auxiliary Areas

Elements like navigation and sidebars often add some interesting possibilities in WordPress sites; users can add anything they want to either of these sections, so we have to make sure that they scale well on smaller screens. The same flexibility that allows users to add their own content also allows us to style, or even completely change these areas depending on the size of the screen. Is better mobile or responsive website (alexsblog.org)

Images

Images are one of the best examples of using responsive design. An example would be to use javascript to define different sized images that are then displayed to the user based on screen width. For example, with a 2000x3000px image, it’s possible to display the full version on a desktop screen, but show only a smaller 200x300px version on a smartphone. Under normal circumstances, you’d have to use a photo editor to create several different sized images, but with WordPress, it’s all done automatically. Responsive Web Design with jQuery Mobile (codeproject.com)

Conclusion

Now that more and more people are using mobile for their everyday activities, and with WordPress being more popular than ever, it has become imperative to make your themes and plugins using responsive design. You need to be prepared to offer your clients the best sites that will look good on any of today’s or tomorrow’s screen sizes. The Pros & Cons of Responsive Web Design (desizntech.info)

Author Bio:

Stephen John, working as a blogger at Key Difference. Area of expertise is on Web Design, Social Media and SEO.