Responsive Web Design
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Responsive web design refers to designing a website so it can automatically respond and be viewed across different screen sizes, platforms, and orientations.
Back in the day developers would design a website so it could be viewed on a computer monitor. But now we have tablets and smartphones. Since the screen sizes and viewing orientation can be changed in multiple different combinations, a change in website design and development was due for a change.
It’s important to understand what responsive means when it comes to websites. It’s also important to understand the difference between responsive websites and mobile websites. Remember, all mobile websites are responsive, but not all responsive websites are mobile.
Most sites today are made up of different sections of information. Think of these sections as boxes. Any given webpage may have a main box on top, four boxes beneath, and two boxes under that. That would give seven distinct areas of information. While viewed with a monitor, the site would look similar to most web pages you’ve seen in the past. But once that format gets applied to a different viewing device, the boxes can conform to the available space which allows the content to stack. This is why websites seem much longer when viewed on a mobile device.