12 Point Checklist For Responsive Web Design

If you haven’t been living under a rock these past few years, you know what responsive design is.
Responsive Web Design is what is used to loosely describe a design that flexibly adapts to all types of devices – desktops, tablets, smartphones. You can find out more about what is responsive design and how important it is. In this post, we get you 12 points checklist for responsive web design

Mobile web design has come a long way since the early years when developers used to struggle with modifying their websites so that they look pretty on mobile phones. A responsive website needs to be designed with the result in mind.

Instead of sensing the device type, the website adapts itself to the device’s screen size. Downloads for mobile websites are faster as they are designed with mobile standards in mind. A site that adapts itself perfectly on a desktop may be full of bugs on a cellphone or a tablet. Hence thorough testing based on individual device’s features is necessary.

While we have a fair idea of what responsiveness means – you may have a niggling doubt whether your site is truly responsive. So, here’s a quick checklist I put together for you. It lists the do’s and don’ts while creating a responsive website and tells you about stuff you should test later on.

Checklist for Responsive Web Design

12 Point Checklist For Responsive WebDesign

Some Useful Responsive Web Design Testing Tools

The internet is flooded with tools for testing responsive design. From merely resizing your browser, to testing from scratch while creating a fluid layout; you can check if your site is truly mobile ready.

A Google tool that analyzes a URL for mobile-friendly design.

Tool to check whether a site has responsive design. It is browser-based.

A tool that simplifies the design of fluid grids and RWD.

Here are a few FREE themes which have helped in designing the best responsive websites.

1.5 million downloads are a testimony to the fact that this theme has helped in launching the best-in-class websites that are truly responsive

Has a new Mobile First design and grid and HTML5 support

Drag and Drop Page Elements, and a Responsive Design that responds automatically to mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Use Parallax scrolling for beautiful background images. Lets you customize the appearance and have each page that is bespoke

iFeature Free Responsive Theme

 

Per-page basis options, translation ready, slick, professional theme

        These were a few tips on designing and a checklist for responsive web design along with the free themes and testing tools available. Anything you want to share with us? Please drop a line in the comments section below.

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13 Comments

  • You have made good efforts to explain the tips to be kept in mind while making a responsive website. Thanks for providing RESPONSIVE THEMES also.

  • Thank you for all these great tips for website design. i think it’s a great idea to optimize your site for mobile searches. I use my phone for a lot of the stuff I do during the day, and it is pretty inconvenient if the website doesn’t fit.

  • glenrown says:

    The first site to feature a layout that adapts to browser viewport width was Audi.com launched in late 2001,[40] created by a team at razorfish consisting of Jürgen Spangl and Jim Kalbach (information architecture), Ken Olling (design), and Jan Hoffmann (interface development).

  • WeCodeArt says:

    Chrome has a feature when using right click and view page source. You can check site responsiveness to various devices screens using this. On bottom left corner you can find it. I think is the best.

  • Nathan says:

    Amazing.. Your Article was simply Good.. Great Research for sure and you have a awesome resource Page

  • Thanks alot. For designing new websites, using templates is the best ideas.

  • Matt says:

    some nice tips here and I love the infographic

  • The infographic is very good! you make it look so easy to understand.

    thank you

  • David Porter says:

    Thanks for the very useful infographic on responsive web design. Today’s website themes have to be responsive in order to provide a better viewer’s experience.

  • Amy says:

    awesome article, and some really good info. it is shocking a number of big brand websites that still aren’t responsive – they include a large amount of SEO and web design companies that should know better!

  • Shariff says:

    Awesome post, though Responsive design has been made mandatory, and there are many css frame works which help building responsive and very attractive website fast and easy. However I will be including this article in next website resources.

    Keep the good work. Thanks

  • I think it is very important to accommodate multiple device sizes on the web. People tend to use their phones for much of their web browsing. I agree with you that mobile web design has come a long way since it first began. Creating a responsive design can help viewers have a better experience with your website.

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