What is responsive web design?
Web design in its early days was a technique based primarily on editing HyperText Markup Language (HTML) text pages in a simple way with their links or links pointing to other text pages in html. Inserting images and styles were simple instructions through Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) files.
In this way, the structural content of a current website has already ceased to be printed on HTML text pages, to be disintegrated into different files with programming code in PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) with access to dynamic information through Bases Data. Following one of the most commonly used patterns, the MVC (Model View Controller).
So we have gained in the improvement of web design, graphic presentation of it and a multitude of added functions that until then were not viable. Thanks to this, we have been able to develop E-commerce and social networks as widespread as Facebook.
On the other hand, the rapid development of the latest generation mobile devices such as Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, etc… and the increase in the use of these to access the Internet and browse, have forced all web developers to adapt all their projects for visual presentation automatically on all mobile devices on the market, or what is the same , Responsive web design.
Websites with responsive design differ from Classic designs in that the latter are only optimized for visual presentation on desktop PCs, and those with resposive web design automatically adapt to each size of the screens of all computers and mobile devices on the market, 100 compatible and appropriate navigation from any device and automatically.
Until now, what happened in classic designs is that if a person tried to visit the web from a mobile device, the structure of the web was not optimized for that device, so the display of the elements was not displayed correctly. The user had to zoom or scroll to be able to view the entire website. In this way many developers created a website for viewing on computers and another in mobile version for viewing on other devices, separately. What this entailed was an increase in programming and web development costs and the fact that it has two web versions with different appearances.
In responsive design, the technique for adapting the visualization in these designs is as simple as saying that as the size of the browser window shrinks, the elements of the web adapt in size and shape, reorganizing to be able to be correctly displayed without undergoing excessive changes in the structure of the website or in the appearance of the website.
Responsive web designs are and will be the future of web development for several years. Few web developers or designers use classic designs in their web templates. However, depending on the type of web that is intended to be created, sometimes it is not advisable or not feasible to perform it in a responsive design. This is for reasons of use of some plugins or web elements that do not support this technology (e.g. online design editors for personalization of T-shirts, business cards, brochures, etc…) and for this reason continue to maintain a classic web design.