5 Common Mistakes With Responsive Web Designs


The sad thing about responsive designs, is that the designers who make this mistakes end up punishing the end users who know nothing about the reason they are having mixed experiences with websites.

Read on to see how you can correct some of these misconceptions on your Melbourne, Florida website design.

It’s not about adding excess resources

The biggest mistake made in responsive design is the choice of functionalities that designers choose to put on their websites. Their intention is to make sure that all devices get what they want.

For example, the designer might put extra JavaScript codes to take care of phone users and still bloat the website by writing special code for those on touch interfaces. In the end, the website will consist of many layers of similar code that has to load on every device. This is insensitive to the people who are on low-bandwidth networks and to those whose devices do not have some of the features that the extra code is trying to address.

It is not about the use of large images

Those who choose to build their layouts using tools such as Photoshop to opt for bigger resolution images that they hope will display well on devices that have a high resolution. This is thoughtful of them but it still beats the logic of having the responsive design.

The aim of placing a design that responds to all devices as per their capabilities is to give all users the same content irrespective of their context. Large images will show well on large displays, but they are a burden to devices with low processing resources. This means that a person might be in a high bandwidth area but still experience frustration with you website because it takes too much browser resources to load.

It does not refer to loading lite versions

To go around the problem highlighted in the previous point, some designers opt to tweak the responsive architecture of their websites. Instead of loading the full version, they choose to hide some elements or functionality when a low-end device is loading the site. This makes their websites load fast. What this implies is that some parts of that websites that do not show in low-end devices or those with tiny screens are not worth appearing in the website. The designers fail to ask themselves what would happen if the same users wants to get the desktop functionality on the tablet or phone, and is unable to do so.

It’s not about manipulating the current desktop version

To save time, web designers choose to tweak present desktop editions into responsive websites and end up with a patchwork of solutions. Such solutions take up a lot of time and money to create and they do not guarantee website owners a smooth delivery of content to their users in an identical manner.

It’s not about device widths breakpoints

Lastly, responsive web design is more than specifying the device display widths and inserting code to define how the page layout will respond. Doing this creates a problem in typography and fails to take care of other functionalities such as shopping cart support that are not based on the layout.

With Tight Line Productions, all of these headaches are removed, and you will have a unique, elegant website design up and running in a timely fashion.

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