Responsiveness in web design means building your website from the ground-up so that it can adapt to display well on any size of screen - from vast 50" smart TVs, to the smallest 3" smartphone, taking account along the way of all the different sizes of desktop monitors, laptop screens, tablets, phablets and handheld games consoles as well!
You can see how responsive design works on this website - grab the right-hand edge of your browser window with your cursor and drag it leftwards. As you go, you will see the layout alter & adapt to provide the best experience based on the viewscreen's width.
Development of responsive websites became the number one feature we were asked for in 2014. Looking at the figures below, it's easy to see why:
- 72% of people in the UK now own a web-capable smartphone (2014, TNS/Deloitte)
- Nearly 60% of UK households now own at least one tablet device (2014, TNS/Deloitte)
- 30% of all UK web access in the last quarter of 2014 was via smartphones - 14.5% was via tablets - meaning that nearly half of all UK web usage was done on a mobile device! (www.statcounter.com)