In a world where the Web is increasingly getting ubiquitous and is (thankfully) not limited to desktops, a website’s future friendliness becomes one of the most important things for just everyone.
Some have realized, many are yet to realize: Future friendliness is no buzzword. It’s an approach that everyone of us should adopt to give a better, sustainable Web experience to our users and also a confidence that helps them embrace the future instead of getting mad over what it’ll bring about. In a year or two, when mobile users will surpass desktop users, the adoption of this approach will probably come in its full swing. Let’s now jump on “one best ways” to make a website future-friendly right away. But before that we need to clear out one thing, as we might have poked the senses of some of the grammarians reading this by now, not once but twice. I say “one best ways” because the ways I’ll mention here revolve around one thing only – responsive Web design.
Responsive design, in simple terms, is a design that adapts itself as per the myriad viewing contexts. And these myriad viewing contexts, as we all know, are the future. 10 years down the line the Web could be anywhere, everywhere – fridges, cars, clothes, air conditioners and what not. Responsive design makes us think about multi-device Web design, so that we can embrace the unexpected and don’t fall headfirst to it. It makes us think beyond inconveniences.
The world’s seen a whopping number of websites turning responsive last year, while witnessing and tackling many responsive design problems at the same time. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. There’s more to come. There’s more to be seen. And the number of websites with that “best viewed with” syndrome will rapidly diminish.
Gone are the days when people sitting in front of a desktop used your site. A present-day user can be anybody, anywhere: lying on a couch at home, working in an office, sitting in a cafe, hanging out, boating… So we have many kinds of users here, some are on the go, some are relaxing, while others are working. Unlike earlier times, a website should be built considering all these users in mind.
Tomorrow, the Web can bring about anything and everything we never even thought of. And since we don’t know what Web-enabled devices tomorrow might come along with, it doesn’t make any sense to design sites on the basis of available screen sizes. Designing for arbitrary viewing contexts rather makes more sense in such a world – where you are waiting for not one but many Godots and you have no idea how many, in what shape, we will end up having. And that’s what device-agnostic approach is all about. This approach breaks away from the device-centric designing. And it embraces what the Web is all about: Flexibility and dynamism.
Responsive design implementation right now, right away, won’t mean you’re following a herd – it would mean that you care about your business’s future, and of course present. Embracing this this future-friendly concept today would also help you better the future of the Web, too.
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