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Responsive Website Design Means Easy Viewing on Mobile Devices

Recent internet statistics suggest that by 2014 mobile should take over desktop internet usage. Currently, one half of all local searches are performed on mobile devices. Traffic coming to your site via mobile means your pages may need design and optimization changes so the benefits of your service and listings can be properly viewed on any device. This is why one of this year’s hottest website trends is developing websites that work on mobile devices.

Mobile Website Design Challenges

Making a website appear on mobile like it does on a full screen does present some challenges including:

  • It’s best that minimal graphics are used.
  • Graphical banners and videos are not fluid.
  • Long forms are not user-friendly on mobile.
  • Some widgets do not render properly depending on their source code.
  • When the page transforms from a full screen mode into a small size of the cell phone screen, some non-vital elements can be hidden.
  • Some content also gets transformed to a more compact presentation.

Responsive Web Design is one of the solutions in which a site is crafted to provide an optimized viewing experience on large screens and portable devices alike.

What is Responsive Web Design?

Responsive Web Design (RWD) is an 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 mobile phones to desktop computer monitors).

It is a website design where flexible images, type and grids adjust to fit the screen the site is being viewed on.  Advantages of Responsive include:

  • It works on all platforms.
  • The transformation from the “normal” look to mobile is seamless.
  • It adapts to any browser on any device.
  • It does not require any mobile apps installation.
  • There is a significantly lower cost to develop and upgrade.

IDX Adopts Responsive and Gets Great Results

Many of our clients’ seasoned IDX websites have a great look. So great, that our clients want to keep the design. However, they also need it to be mobile friendly. So, at the IDX Network, we’re implementing the Responsive
design concept into our IDX-powered websites. We also offer several “turn-key” responsive designs for IDX-powered websites.

Full Screen to Mobile Examples

Here is the way a web page appears on a computer monitor and how the same page looks on mobile:

Here is a property slider on a computer screen and the same property slider as it appears on mobile:

Below are some of our new responsive designs:

If you think your site is being regularly searched for on mobile devices, contact us. We will discuss how we can use Responsive Web Design to make your website user friendly on any device