Visitors who stumbled upon this site in the past may have noticed a design change. Responsive design is all the rage at the moment.
Responsive Web Design (RWD) is an approach to web design in which a site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). via
Kayla Knight wrote an excellent article on the practicalities of responsive web design.
While I could waffle on for ages about the technicalities, the good and the bad of responsive design, you better see it for yourself. One sterling example of this is the Milwaukee Police News site.
Yes, you heard right, a police department’s news page. It has bucket loads of features including a response design (view the site on a PC, mobile and tablet for comparisons), vertical parallax, clean layouts, subtle animations, helpful news and an experience you want to keep engaging with. As one person quipped, the only problem with the site – even the most wanted list looks like a bunch of models.
The guys from WooThemes have also been churning out quality themes for a while now and I must admit I’ve always been a fan. For the past 3 years I have been using the Irresistible theme, which has served me very well, par for a minor hiccup back in 2011.
There are already no less than 21 responsive themes available from WooThemes. Mark Forrester and the team continue to impress and Mark’s personal site – a cool responsive design – got me thinking of a reboot of my own site.
I wanted to do away with the need for multiple plugins to cater for the various ways one could access my site. As for me, my main method of access is via the iPad, occasional mobile blogging via my iPhone and serious tinkering via laptop, it made sense to opt for a theme that subscribes to responsive layout principals.
While I would have liked to go the route of Mark and buy a WooTheme, times are a bit tough, so I had to fortunately/unfortunately (depending on your perspective) opt for one of the free versions. Free is not necessarily bad, the WordPress Responsive theme has been downloaded close to a quarter of a million times already.
Responsive Theme is a flexible foundation with fluid grid system that adapts your website to mobile devices and the desktop or any other viewing environment. Theme features 9 Page Templates, 11 Widget Areas, 6 Template Layouts, 4 Menu Positions and more. Powerful but simple Theme Options for full CMS control with easy Logo Upload, Social Networking and Webmaster Tools etc. Responsive is WooCommerce Compatible, Multilingual Ready (WPML), Retina-Ready and currently translated into 28 languages. Cross-Browser compatible.
I’m currently tinkering with this theme, so you may see a few things changing over the next while. Let me know what you think of responsive design, this site and anything else you can think of. Would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
While you’re at it, drop me a line to let me know on what type of device you’re reading this.