What is Responsive WordPress Design
Responsive web design (often abbreviated to RWD) is a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones) (Wikipedia.com)
Responsive WordPress Design uses CSS media queries to trigger different layout sets at various screen sizes. No longer will you need to zoom and scroll around when browsing on your mobile phone. No longer will you need to use the WPTouch plugin to make a “Mobile Version” of your website.
I recently redesigned this website using Responsive design. As you can see below this is the same website as it appears on a Wide screen laptop, an iPad, and an iPhone:
Why Should You Re Design?
More and more traffic is coming from mobile devices and you need to have a web presence that can capitalize on that.
According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2012–2017
The Mobile Network in 2012
Global mobile data traffic grew 70 percent in 2012. Global mobile data traffic reached 885 petabytes per month at the end of 2012, up from 520 petabytes per month at the end of 2011.
When visitors come to your website via a smart phone, if you do not have a responsive design, the text will be microscopic, the menu items unclickable, your call to action lost, and the user will be forced to pan all over the site to find what they are looking for.
You can test your site for Mobile Responsive here: https://www.studiopress.com/responsive/
How Do You Get Responsive?
If you already have a wordpress website and no budget to redesign your current site you can try a plugin. There are a host of Responsive “friendly” plugins that will re-size images, sliders, videos, menus, and even content. However, all said and done it seems that way would be just as much work and you would not have a sound website.
You can have a coder add the CSS Media queries to your current site. This will be a fairly large undertaking and not one you should take on if you are not well versed in CSS.
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