What device are you currently reading this blog on? On a computer, tablet or mobile? It is not uncommon for people who are online to use these mobile devices more often. It doesn’t really matter if you read a blog article on this device, shop through an e-shop or watch the last part of a popular series. It is important that your site is responsive. How’s yours?
In the following article, you will learn all the necessary answers. And if not by chance, feel free to ask in the comments.
Let’s do it gradually. What does the mentioned word “responsive” mean?
Responsive design is a design in which your site can easily adapt to the width of any screen. This capability is created using CSS. In practice, if your site has a responsive design, this will mean that the site will display 96% of its width, regardless of the device on which you view it and the size of the site. So, if you browse the page on a mobile and tablet, it will automatically be organized so that it is fully readable on both devices. The same will be true, on the other hand, if you use a large LCD TV, for example, to display.
Fortunately, most WordPress themes are already responsive . So when choosing a topic, take this aspect into account and choose from those that are responsive. If you fall in love with a non-responsive theme, if you’re a more advanced WordPress user, a programmer, you can use a non-responsive theme to make a responsive theme by using the right code.
If you don’t know you don’t want to feel free to program, download the WPTouch Mobile module.
The responsive topic has a few aspects for which we call it this way:
- People will be able to easily view your content on any device.
- The navigation menu will adapt to the user as he navigates the page.
- When you resize the screen, the browser still displays all the content we want to be seen and nothing remains hidden.
- The forms on the site will also be customized to be easy to fill out on any device.
- Your images as well as other content will also be adjusted to the screen size. (However, make sure they are no larger than necessary when pasting them into the page)
- At the border points, where the arrangement of the elements on the page changes, everything is also displayed and nothing remains hidden.
- Responsive design applies to all types of content on the web, not just sites or posts.
You may have heard of a mobile topic about a responsive topic. It was very often used a few years ago. In addition to the classic web version, you recently needed a mobile version or a mobile application. This is (mostly) a thing of the past today and thanks to the responsive design you get 3 in 1 and in addition, you save considerable costs.
Today, a responsive topic is preferred because it has a greater presumption that the site will continue to work on new devices without any problems in the future. The disadvantage of a mobile theme over a responsive one is also that the interface only changes to a very specific screen width.
Mobile themes or modules have several features that are not very positive for UX (User Experience): They only apply to specific pages or to a specific type of content on them. This is becoming less common, but there are still sites blocked by the mobile version. This means that visitors who view your site will not be able to access its content. And since more than half of the web browsing is done using a mobile phone, you certainly won’t like this phenomenon. Yes, most of the topics are already responsive, but there are also significant differences between them. So it pays to know what you’re looking for.
Find a really good responsive topic. If you already have a topic, try it on multiple screen widths. Open your page in a browser with a theme-enabled computer and resize the browser manually. Watch what happens. Do you see all the elements on the page? Did they fit in the browser window even though you reduced the window? Now open your theme page on your mobile device. If possible, use screens of different sizes. Make sure you see all the elements on the screen and nothing is missing.
In addition, as of April 2015, Google penalizes websites that do not have a responsive design and pushes them down in search. The reason is simple. It wants to provide users with the best possible service. For example, you can see if your site is responsive in the Audiences section of your Google Analytics account> Mobile devices> Overview.
Responsive design should ensure that the impression of the site is not disturbed and that you can move on any device smoothly and efficiently. The page load speed is also related to the responsive design. This should ideally be around 2 seconds. These two attributes today play an important role in ensuring that a visitor stays on our site and at the same time finds what he is looking for as quickly as possible. By properly arranging the displayed elements, the responsive design can help speed up the page loading by a few tens of seconds.