It's amazing how the past couple years have changed the world of web design!
Websites used to be viewed by computers, today more and more visitors view your website via their smart phone or tablet device.
Have you viewed your website with a mobile device or tablet?
If you are reading this in front of your computer, take this test. Go visit your website then grab the lower corner of the browser window and move it to the left or shrink the window.
Does your website automatially format itself for the size of the browser?
This is what we call Responsive Theme design:
What is a responsive theme?
A responsive theme (as the one used for this website), is an approach to web development that allows a website to break itself down smoothly across multiple monitor sizes, screen resolutions, and platforms, be it a computer, tablet or mobile device. It allows the developer to create a site that is optimized for each platform, both in navigation, readability and load time.
As you can see when resizing the window (if you are viewing this site on a computer), the layout of the page shifts depending on the size of the screen; with different layouts for content depending on viewing area. Themes (or layouts) such as this, allow for a single site and single look to the site, to be viewed on various devices without the need for additional themes or resizing by the user.
The old days 🙂
It was a great solution at the time but a head ache maintaining a plugin and a theme. With a Responsive theme you don't have to worry about this anymore!
Can I convert my site to a responsive theme?
Of course, this is the beauty of WordPress, themes can be changed and updated without major overhauls of your website. Content and widget areas never go away, they are just re-arranged in a new theme.
Easy Responsive Theme updates
If your current theme now offers an updated responsive theme, the update can be very reasonable and quick!