24 May 2017
DEFINITION OF RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN & REASONS WHY
Responsive web design is a recent term that has been used to describe the concept of a website s layout changing in response to the user's screen size and resolution. This has grown in importance with the rise of smartphones and tablets because their screens are very different from those of traditional laptops and desktops. Ethan Marcotte coined the phrase responsive web design and he wrote a book on the subject, fittingly titled Responsive Web Design.
Many users may have noticed that websites will often have an alternative mobile site. In the past this has been a separately designed enterprise but today with an even greater variety of devices, browsers, and screens it has become increasingly inefficient to design separate websites and the utility of flexible layouts has been recognized. The issue is that maintaining different sites for different devices is time-consuming and expensive. Also, many times a site will detect the kind of device that is used to access it and redirect it if it is a mobile device. With the large number of mobile devices being used to access sites, there is a greater strain on the server s resources.