Let’s start with some facts to help you understand Responsive Design better.
Americans used smartphones and tablets more than PCs to access the Internet.
Mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the United States . PCs clocked in at 45%.
As of January 2014, 58% of American adults had smartphones and 42% owned tablets. Also, 90% of people moved between devices to accomplish their goal, whether that’s on smartphones, PCs or tablets.
One of the standout findings in the report is that US adults spent on average 34 hours per month using the mobile internet on smartphones. By comparison, they spend 27 hours on the PC internet.
As of January 2014
American adults have a cell phone
American adults have a smartphone
American adults own an e-reader
American adults own a tablet computer
Most important device for internet access
by device ownership
Responsive themes for your web site
Now we have some statistic behind us, lets put Responsive Design in a basic perspective so every one can understand it.
“Responsive websites respond to their environment”
“Adaptive (Multiple Fixed Width Layouts) = Responsive (Multiple Fluid Grid Layouts)“
Easily said: Small + Medium + Large = One site for every screen
Responsive Design responds to the needs of the users and the devices they’re using. The layout changes based on the size and capabilities of the device.
The use of mobile devices to surf the web is growing at an astronomical pace, but unfortunately much of the web isn’t optimized for those mobile devices. Mobile devices are often constrained by display size and require a different approach to how content is laid out on screen.
Why is this better for you?
“Every day, the number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your site grows. Responsive web design represents a dramatical shift in how we will build and see websites for decades to come.”
When To Use It?
Things to Consider
Time & Money
Website vs. Web App