It is important to consider that while responsive web design may be the best practice, it isn’t what you want to be doing to your website. A good example of where this can come in handy can be found on many popular websites.
When looking for a theme for your business or personal blog, go through Google and search for “responsive web design” or “responsive web design tutorial”. You will find a great number of other resources available as well. Some examples of these include SEO tips, designing with HTML and CSS, building a robust content management system, how to optimize images, and much more.
However, perhaps one of the most valuable links for anyone wanting to get started quickly is from a YouTube video by a team at WPBeginner. These are some of their most useful methods to make sure that your site stays secure while providing user-friendly experiences. Below is their link for beginners and additional resources for those learning and working on WordPress.
When people think of responsive design they typically imagine small squares displaying across all devices that are used on the desktop, a tablet, or smartphones and tablets and web browsers. Most people would like to see something similar in terms of simplicity and usability, but having a lot of different layouts and features depending on if any device is connected to a network can easily become overwhelming and time-consuming.
This is why so many people prefer to use simpler templates when building their sites. For example, there is the free eCommerce template which allows you to build your store without doing much customization. If we look at another example here on Medium, in an article called How To Build An ECommerce Website On Your Computer And Make Money, the author uses three pages that display items and related products.
However, each page can have its own unique layout that will suit the different device sizes. They also write about things called media queries, which will help reduce load times. Here are two examples of how these types of sites could look like:
However, having multiple pages can seem very easy and quite automatic, but it doesn’t mean that these pages will work the same way in all cases. There are going to be variations in screen size, resolution, design, etc. and so it’s really important not to take a static approach when creating your next project on the browser without even considering it too far ahead.
Having a bit more flexibility and planning allows you to create new pages based off on what you want on your site. This means that you are able to modify and improve each one with changes made in other areas of your site. One thing I do is look for tools (like Adobe XD) that allow me to visualize what my webpage will look like on devices I might be testing out. So far, I haven’t found anything that has helped me to better prepare my site for whatever device is coming up in terms of functionality and design.
As noted earlier, the first place to start is with having a basic blog theme to use in order to avoid having to worry about making changes later on. With my Blog Template, the features available are almost limitless, so it’s a pretty nice fit for smaller blogs that don’t require a ton of extra features. My blog can be accessed via my computer or mobile phone as well. All I need to do is open the Blogger app on my laptop, and click on the add new button.
From there all I need to do is follow the steps and click the green checkmark to accept the agreement and move forward. After finishing a blog post, my entire website is generated automatically and stored in my main directory on my server to show up on all devices. Even if someone was to change my device of mine, my front end will remain the same and the URL will show for everyone on all devices.
Now that I am going back to the basics of a simple blog site, let’s talk about choosing between themes. Another essential factor is finding one that is specific to your own needs. Searching online can bring you endless choices and we all want our sites to have the right style to the audience that they are looking for. Not every site should follow the exact same format because every person is different. Therefore, different looks and designs mean different things.
Just remember, you want to choose something that will work well with your brand and your blog mission. For example, if I started blogging for food, an elegant design with white background and minimal text will probably not work well with my blog on health and fitness, or a very minimalist style with a black background and high contrast font will definitely not match my blog on gaming, photography, or music. We must think carefully about our goals and choose the theme that has the necessary information that matches them.
There are thousands of online themes that can be found, however, keep in mind that not all themes will be built for your site, so there is always a chance you will face technical issues once they are installed. Sometimes I do run into the issue of using my domain name and putting it in my blog title when building the blog, but this is relatively rare. Try not to get frustrated and start over from scratch to solve any tech issues on your site. Lastly, try to avoid making major changes until you are completely satisfied with your final product.