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Responsive Website design and development


Responsive website design and development

A responsive website design is a website that is designed as the name implies to respond to all devices or screens, any site that is built responsively will be viewed on devices, like smartphones, iphone, ipad etc. There are lots of advantages in making a website responsive. One of which is increase in income or conversion. It is recorded that 45% of internet users make purchases through their mobile devices. So if you have only a desktop enhanced site you might be losing out on this 45% sales or conversion. Another important advantage of a responsive website is the boost in your site ranking as google loves mobile sites and tends to serve more pages to mobile users thereby boosting your page rank.

If you are new to building a website, i suggest you start with this tutorial Html tutorial for beginners.
Or you can start by learning to build a website using joomla. Joomla tutorial.
Better still check out this wordpress tutorial for beginners step by step
Wordpress has become one of the most used CMS, as it readily comes with thousands of free and premium responsive themes that you can use to authomatically build a responsive website with little or no coding knowledge. These video tutorials will take you from a complete beginner to an intermediate web developer using wordpress cms.
wordpress tutorial video
The reason the above tutorial is introduced is because, a beginner who has little or no knowledge of how to build a website would not know how to use to make a website responsive. Now, back to how you can relatively make a website responsive. The first thing you need to do is to convert all your pixel units to percentage or em measurement. There two ways to do this. Divide all your pixel units by 16 to get the EM measurrement which is a lot more responsive than a pixel unit. 16px equates 1 em. The other alternative is to get a relative unit measurement. That is divide your pixel units by their containing units and replace the pixel with the result in em measurement. You can further convert it into percentage, simply by multiplying this em by 100%.

For more on relative units, and how to use relative units to create a responsive website across browsers and devices.
Click here Responsive web design examples

Next, is how to make your images respond to screen sizes. Some developers make several copies of the images in various sizes and then use javascript to serve up each image size that coresponds to a screen size. This is ok to some extent, but the best bet is to serve up these images using the max-width property and giving it a percentage value that corresponds to its containing element. This will make sure the image does not extend beyond its containg element. So when the containing elements expands in size the image will expand relatively within its context.
Read more on building a mobile first design

Do you desire to understand the basics of building a responsive website design? Then,
"What is responsive design"
will take you from a complete novince to having a good understanding of a responsive design, with examples using various methods.