Responsive Design Checklist: Your 7-Item List for Responsive Design
Are you reading this article on your smartphone? If you are, it wouldn’t be surprising — considering in 2019 alone, there were 3.9 billion unique mobile internet users. That’s why, in July 2019, Google rolled out mobile-first indexing — forcing website owners to consider the responsiveness of their sites. So, is your website responsive? On this page, we’ll go over your extensive responsive design checklist to ensure that you provide the best possible website experience to all users — no matter what device they use. We’ll even cover some tools that you can use to determine the responsiveness of your site. If you’d like to stay up to date with the latest design trends and tips just like the ones on this page, subscribe to Revenue Weekly emails! What is responsive design? Before we can jump into our responsive web design checklist, it’s important to talk about responsive design. Responsive design, or mobile-friendly design, ensures that visitors to your site have a fantastic experience, no matter what device they use. That means whether they use a desktop computer, a smartphone, or a tablet, your site will look and act the same way. If you visit a site on your smartphone and it has the following characteristics, it’s probably not responsive: Text is so small, it’s almost illegible If you try to fill out a form, it stays small, and you must zoom in to fill it out It’s difficult to click on navigation bar elements Photos appear out of alignment You can scroll left to right on a page As you can see in the example below, you must scroll from left to right on your smartphone screen to see the entire home page of this salon’s site. That said, this site would be considered unresponsive. On the other hand, if you visit a site on your smartphone that has the following characteristics, it’s likely responsive: Text sections fill the page Design modules are aligned and easy to digest You don’t have to zoom in to read the menu Navigation bars typically take the form of a hamburger menu until expanded Forms expand to fill the page, making it easier to fill out on small screens In the example below, you can see that Swiss Miss hot chocolate has a responsive site. When you switch from looking at the URL on your desktop computer to your smartphone, the website still offers the same great experience. Now that we’ve gone over the difference between responsive and unresponsive sites, it’s time to dive right into our responsive design checklist! Your complete responsive design checklist If you don’t want your customers (and Google) to write you off as an authority in your industry, it’s important to have a professional, responsive site. Here’s how: Responsive checklist item 1: Test your current website If you’re not sure if your current website is responsive, you’ll want to test it to find out. You can use a variety of responsive design test tools including: Google’s Mobile-Friendly Tool CrossBrowserTesting Google Resizer Am I Responsive These tools will provide insight into how your website looks on different devices. » Read More
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