It gives you a lot more control over the sites you build and maintain and makes them much more appealing.
Because your audience is savvier than ever and uses a variety of devices and browsers that can capture wireless Internet from virtually anywhere to visit your website, you really want that visit to always be impressive. Losing traffic because your site does not properly appear in a given browser or device is simply not acceptable. Some helpful CSS tips will help you achieve the kind of responsive design that ensures your site always looks its best.
Adapt Your Content Size Based on Device
This CSS tip from Smashing Hub will help to ensure that your content automatically adjusts its width according to a minimum and maximum you set. It ensures that your site truly fits the device or browser being used and that there is not distortion of the content. This is the absolute first step you need to take in ensuring responsive design for your site. To start, simply customize the CSS code below to meet the size needs you have for your page.
Change How Your Page Looks Based on Screen Size
Creating a website that looks exactly the same on different devices is practically impossible. However when you add rules in CSS that tell your site what to show based on screen size, you can have a website that responds accordingly to the device. Carefully choose what you want to eliminate on smaller screens before making your choice. Take care to also make adjustments for screens that are larger than the usual, because the average content will not look good on an extra wide screen.
In this example from digital inspiration, the CSS rule is that if a screen is under 320 pixels in size, the sidebar is not shown. If a screen is more than 1920 pixels, the body text font size is increased to 15px.
Make Sure Your Page is Clean
This tip will ensure that your web pages are clean no matter what kind of device is being used. Extra content that is cut, based on the device that is being used to visit your website, will not appear outside of the box you want that content to appear in if you choose the Overflow: hidden rule. It is used to manage these unprofessional looking floats.
Make Background Size Adjustable
Another way to make sure that your website is aesthetically pleasing is to ensure background size adjusts accordingly to the parent size when your site is viewed in different devices. This code shared by Smashing Hub is an easy and quick solution to ensure adjustable background size.
Have Videos That Adapt
Using videos on your website is wise. It adds visual interest to the page, appeals to those who don’t want to read text and engages your audience. However, if you’ve gone to the effort of creating a video for your site, you also want to make sure that it adjusts to the device it is being used on, so that all site visitors can experience it. The right CSS rule will allow the video to adjust properly so that its aspect ratio is correct. TJK Design shows how to do just that.
Not only is responsive design good for keeping traffic on your page and making your site more user-friendly across devices, it is now important for search engine rankings. Google prefers responsive design websites. Once established, responsive design is less maintenance for you and better for business. Get started today with these helpful CSS tips and see the difference a responsive design website makes.
Suzanne is a Web Programmer who blogs about wireless Internet for Zing! Broadband. She loves to stay up to date on trending web development techniques and tools to keep herself a step ahead of the pack.