Nowadays responsive websites are quite imperative because they fit on any device’s screen size. Users have good experience when they open any responsive website on their device as it gives them new dynamic look. Most of the international companies like Sony, Nokia, and Microsoft etc. have responsive official websites to move with the current trends and enjoy more customers.
The reason of moving website designs from simple to responsive is that almost every customer has android smart phone and customers love to do surfing websites through their smart phone. So for getting more customers on their official websites, companies move to responsive design.
Responsive websites have some drawbacks and there are some problems along with solutions of having responsive websites. The value of a website is with its performance. Its look and appearance also matters but the performance comes first. But the issue is that Photoshop cannot mock up the performance of a website and new techniques are used for meeting design challenges.
We are explaining 5 problems involved in creating responsive design websites along with their solutions.
1. A Visual Stage Problems
Today designing is more difficult and a messy combination of sketching and prototyping where focus is given on different device resolutions and dimensions where as in the past things were not so difficult in development and designing of any website. The clients only approved static images before starting the development.
Fix: There are different approaches by which we can easily sketch responsive websites. The first approach is that you can create sketches for home page of the desktop and other pages and then convert them according to the popular device dimensions and screen size. Other method is by designing the layout of websites on paper and showing it to the client to give him an idea of the way they will reflow on different sizes of the screen. Designing the website in the browser and using html and CSS will create the component system to see the way they will reassemble for different configurations.
In the past finding the navigation was not a problem but today in responsive websites it’s difficult to find navigation because of its complicated structure.
Fix: The designers should have to spend more time on navigation to make it easy to understand for users so that they can easily navigate whole website. For this the designers have to study the content of the website and the architecture of the information and the reason why users browse the website. In this way the unique navigation decision could be made. Moreover, the navigations can be tested on different products for solving this problem.
3. The Background Images and Icons Appearance
Images are important in responsive websites for enjoying high pixel density graphics on devices. Images should have to be flexible in responsive designs because it allows the users and they can then enjoy the graphics. It is becoming very popular now. Te images must be blurry and also they must not be poorly scaled up. It is the main objective of every designer.
Fix: The images that are lazy loading usually are helpful in optimizing browser rendering also decrease round trips of the HTTP y deferring the image loading not present in the client’s view. With the help of SVG format, the ions can be made salable and of high quality. The quality of the images is also not lost on any devices because they are made retina-ready.
4. Displaying Data on Small Screens
Sometimes tables are complex and it’s not easy to understand in responsive design. So it should be more readable and should hide unimportant data from small screen and place a dropdown menu by which it’s easy to access full table and rainbow tables in which columns are used.
Fix: Responsive tables are the best solutions. Discarding the grid layout and making the tables that are small that don’t involve horizontal scrolling, more compact pie charts could be created out of tables and replace the tables with smaller ones and also mentioning the link to the full version.
5. Creating Fast Loading and Rich Experiences
It is really very difficult to find the balance between fast internet and rich user experience. Mostly the responsive websites are very important and popular and they also have a lot of traffic both coming from desktop as well as smart devices, so the loading time is also slow.
Most of the users leave the website if they don’t get anything they expect in few seconds. And it results in losing a lot of business. Responsive websites take time while loading on devices because of big size images, documents, galleries etc.
So web designer should have to focus on necessary data that user can watch on his device avoid unnecessary data to be loaded on devices. So when the users will try to open any responsive website preferred data will be loaded and the website will open fast on user’s device.
Fix: Its better solution is the conditional loading which means loading only that data which the users usually require. It happens in a way that first of all the content is loaded then the enhancements and at the end the leftovers. The users are usually used to different galleries, images, download and documents etc. Therefore the designers should keep the necessary data on priority. The use of mobile devices is increasing now and overtaking the desktop use therefore the conditional loading is the only solution to this problem. Conditional loading also makes a website easy to create.