Having a mobile version of a website is not considered to be enough anymore as web designers and developers are having a hard time to keep up with the multitude of endless new resolutions and devices on the market. It seems to be an impossible mission or an impractical one to create a website version for each screen resolution and new device. For the past few years, many web developers have been pondering on the question on how to tackle this issue of websites being unavailable on different resolutions and devices, until the approach of Responsive Web Design was created.
The term Responsive Web Design (RWD) was first mentioned by Ethan Marcotte in a May 2010 article titled A List Apart. Responsive Web Design is in fact an approach to web design for creating websites to provide an ideal viewing experience. A website that responds to the device that accesses it and delivers the proper output for it is considered to use responsive design. This approach designs one site, but specifies how it should appear on a number of devices rather than designing multiple sites for different devices with various screen resolutions.
The responsive web design approach ensures that your website will work at its best on all web enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets, phablets, laptops, etc. As the usage of these devices continues to grow exponentially, it is essential for all websites to be compatible with this multitude of devices. It is estimated that nearly 50% of all local businesses are searching through mobile devices while only about 90% of these local businesses do not have a mobile version on their site.
New devices with new screen resolutions are being developed every day, whereby each of these devices may be able to handle a variation of size, functionality and color. Some are in the portrait, and others are in the landscape, while others offer both of them that you can switch just by tilting the screen, and some also are completely square. It may be possible to group them into major categories and design flexible websites for each of them. However, this can be overwhelming and with a lot of users not maximizing their browsers, it leaves much to be desired regarding optimal viewing experience with flexible structural elements breaking the layout’s form on various resolutions.
Magical Vegas, a recently launched online casino has been one among the few websites to have a fully responsive design which is wisely done with a mix of fluid grids, fluid image and smart mark up. Fluid image is achieved by hiding and revealing portions of images, creating sliding composite images and foreground images that scale with the layout to provide an optimal viewing experience. At MagicalVegas.com users may use various screen resolutions or browsers and still get an optimal viewing experience with no breaking of the structural elements.
On a maximized screen on the home page of Magical Vegas, users get to see the different menu option in a horizontal position, however if they minimize the screen resolution or use a smartphone to view the same page, the home page will automatically change its format where users can have the same menu options vertically without breaking any of the layouts. So a sense of balance is maintained whatever the screen or browser width is, providing an excellent viewing experience to the players. At MagicalVegas, everything is fully flexible and it automatically resizes no matter what the screen or browser width that can accommodate a wide range of screen size. This makes Magical Vegas practical, spacious and simplifies navigation through the site to provide an optimal viewing experience.