Websites are rapidly moving away from fixed-layout designs to more flexible platforms that can adapt to virtually any screen size.
The websites resulting from this shift have become commonly referred to as having responsive designs. What this basically means is that the sites are being deigned to respond to various screen sizes, making them adaptable to a myriad of devices.
Designing websites with this type of fluidity is actually a new trend. With the Internet still so young and the advent of mobile browsing so recent, it makes sense that the common practice was to follow print design trends, which obviously featured fixed layouts.
Of course, with anything new, the trend toward responsive web design has had its ups and downs. Some concepts work and some do not.
When it comes to creating a fluid screen size, one of the biggest challenges for developers is coming up with navigation menus that are also responsive.
While good navigation is the key to creating a usable website menus do not always easily resize to fit smaller screens.
One approach that seems to work is converting a website’s navigation menu from a horizontal list to a drop-down list as the screen gets smaller.
There are actually a number of creative ways to create responsive navigation menus. These include moving the navigation menu to the footer or hiding it behind a toggle button.
Like anything else, there is no one perfect way to create a responsive design. What works well for one site, he says, may not work well for another.
Don’t be afraid to test several options.
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