Do visitors to your web site have to squint or pinch and zoom to read your content when using their smartphone or tablet?
Until recently most web sites were designed using a fixed width (960 pixels was most common) and designed on a desktop computer with a nice big monitor. But 50% of potential visitors to your site use a mobile or tablet as their primary internet browser. (See Infographic: 2013 Mobile Growth Statistics.)
Over the last few years clever designers (like us?) have noticed this change in technology and so started designing web sites that scale and adapt to the user’s device size and capabilities. This is called Responsive Web Design (RWD) and produces sites that are mobile and tablet friendly.
The result is happy users and visitors who can actually read your content on their mobiles.
Even the page you are reading right now is using a responsive design. Don’t believe us? Try resizing your browser and see how content is displayed differently as the browser window gets smaller. You could even try it on your smartphone to see what a difference this makes to being able to interact with a web site on the go.
Is it time your web site was mobile friendly?
All our WordPress themes come loaded with a set of widgets that we have developed over a number of years. They are particularly useful for laying out content in Responsive themes, which is why we built them in the first place. Following feedback from users, we decided to release them as a plugin too, so you can use them in other themes.They comprise a set of useful widgets created for adding more fluid content to any theme.
- Show Posts Widget – for showing posts excerpts, thumbs and post formats.
- Show Pages Widget – Shows thumbs/excerpts of child pages of defined parent page.
- flickr Widget – Show flickr thumbs
- Twitter Widget – show your latest tweets
- Facebook Widget – show your facebook page feed
And also adds a powerful shortcode for using the show posts/pages functionality in a post or page.
Check out the plugin’s home page in the WordPress plugin repository for more details.
The variety of devices and screen resolutions with which web sites are viewed is getting more and more varied. The rise of smartphones, tablets and ever increasing desktop resolutions has given rise to a new movement in the web design world known as Responsive Web Design. read on