Responsive design is one of the hottest and most requested conversions in the market today. With millions of users across the world using tablets and smartphones to access the Internet today more than ever, it has become more important now than ever before to cater to these devices. According to Google, mobile queries are predicted to outgrow desktop queries this year to give you an idea about the impact that smartphones are having on the marketplace today. So, if so many people are using mobile phones to access the Internet, doesn’t it make sense to have your site tailored to a user’s device.
So, what exactly is Responsive design? Responsive design means that a website is tailored around the way in which a user access it. Meaning, if a site is accessed from a mobile phone, you get an optimal viewing experience on your mobile phone without having to zoom in, re-size, or scroll on your phone. In the same way, if your site is opened on a tablet, it should render correctly on this screen size. Basically, your site is automatically adjusted according to the device it is being accessed from.
Responsive design gives a better look, feel and understanding to a visitor across multiple devices. In addition, to convert a PSD into Responsive design is no easy task for a developer or designer. To get a perfect Responsive conversion, you need to know exactly what to do and have experience in making Responsive sites. Below, we will discuss what are the top 4 mistakes committed of PSD to Responsive conversion:
The Mistakes are as follows:
1. Avoid hardcode width, use percentage - It becomes necessary to use ratio for all the designing element’s properties. Don’t put a fixed value for any designing element. Such as for the designing element – IMG, you can set width and height according to the browser ratio setting. When you use percentage, it is a better layout design when downloading on a visitor’s browser. This point is a very common mistake that we come across when companies are converting a PSD file into Responsive design.
2. Viewport Meta tag in header – For a better understanding between your code and client side browsers you need to put some required parameters or code in the header section. For a better responsive view, you must call the following code inside the header section of the web page. The below Meta tag controls your design layout on various mobile devices.
3. Stop the zoom effect – This is a very common problem when you are filling in a contact us form or any information on a responsive designed site. When you do this, the layout of your site does not get ruined due to it zooming in automatically. You can use maximum scale property for the designing elements which you will allow you to stop the follow zoom effect on the web page.
4. Actual device testing – You should always use actual physical devices to test the Responsive design you have created instead of browser add-ons to validate the positions. Agreed, you can’t have every device but at least you should have some devices available to check your Responsive design. A great online tool which we have come across which can be found with a simple Google search called “Responsive checker HTML helpline.” Again, don’t rely only on online tools for responsive designing, but use actual devices for testing your PSD to Responsive designconversion.
5. Avoid table for Responsive HTML5 – If you want a perfect Responsive design, you should never use <table> tags to generate sections as it creates some designing issues while converting your PSD to Responsive design.
The above mentioned list of the most common mistakes when performing a PSD to Responsive design conversion is a list that we have put together with our own experiences and expertise. You would be surprised the amount of times that we come across a site that has these issues which people never think about. Whenever you are choosing a PSD conversion company, make sure you bring these simple mistakes that happen to often. Of course, if you need any help or assistance with your PSD to Responsive design conversion or anything else, please feel free to reach out to the team at ConvertPSDfiles.
By: Yusuf JavedApril 2nd, 2016