Responsive Web Design


The subject of “responsive web-design principles” involves a number of key points that need to be explained and this is what we will do in this article as best we can. This will be useful for a web designer, especially for new designers that definitely need to follow modern web-design trends. Website responsiveness is one of the most important things any design company or agency hired needs to keep in mind.

A responsive website design adapts to different screen sizes on different devices. This way, the user will be able to see the same content and the same images of the design on different devices (maybe differently positioned) optimised in a way that makes the best viewing experience possible.

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Viewport Meta Tag

A designer needs to include the code that makes the website responsive.

In addition to that, viewport Meta Tag contain another few properties that will be needed:




All these features will "instruct" your website what the parameters for zooming in and out, the initial zoom, physical and virtual width and height of the device are. Following these design steps, your web design will adapt accordingly to all types of devices in the best way possible.

Media Queries

A media query is a CSS3 module for web-design, allowing web pages to accommodate different conditions such as screen resolution. It consists of media types and features that will be specified as true or false. Your query will be true only if your media type mentioned in the media query matches the type of device your document will be displayed on. And do not forget about expressions that are all true.

The media type (Braille, handheld, projection) can be declared in the head of the HTML web-document and the media type “all” can be used to indicate that a style sheet applies to all media types. Queries are features and attributes used to make little changes to your desktop-built web design in order to fit other screen devices.

Show or Hide Web Content

The best responsive websites are created by a designer in a way that does not necessarily display all the web elements shown on the desktop on the mobile device as well. Fortunately, CSS allows us to show or hide content, with a few alterations such as:

display: none;

We can also hide content on the default style sheet (on bigger screens) that should be available on mobile devices or vice versa. We can also replace content with links/navigation to that content or we can even adapt the navigation structure altogether.


Web Designers - Be responsive!

Nowadays, in the world of a web designer, mobile-friendly website designs are a must. Firstly, because the SEO procedure becomes easier, online ranking is better and companies are more satisfied. Secondly, because this has become an undeniable requirement due to the popularity of mobile devices.

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And in the very end of the article, here is a very good example of a responsive website in Malta: www.maltairport.com



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