Learning the Process of Responsive Web Design – 7 Effective Tools to Use

As the use of smartphones and tablets are continuously growing, it’s significantly essential for your corporate website to look well-balanced on small screens as well. Users can access websites from a number of devices, therefore, responsive web design is a must. Responsive web design is all about developing a website that scales well and looks perfect on every browser — mobile, tablet and desktop. The screen size of every device is different and it’s a challenge for web designers to come up with a website that looks balanced in every device.

effective tools for responsive web design

A Web Design Cardiff, Wales company that has proven itself to be the best of the best, responded to our question of “What do you think could help help web designers meet responsive web design challenges”? Here are the seven tools they consider the best to help any web designer build a functional website for mobile phones, tablets and desktop screens.

1) Adobe Dreamweaver

It is an effective tool that can build fluid layouts. This allows web designers to create three layouts at a time — for desktops, tablets and mobiles. You can have an option to add media queries to these layouts and can smoothly control the overall appearance of the mockup. Media queries allows web designers to incorporate styles to different devices. Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 allows you to create layouts for mobile and website both. Most mobile websites are designed in a way to fit well on all mobile devices. However, mobile apps offer more functionality and must be custom designed for each device.

2) TopStyle 5

It is an HTML5 and CSS3 tool that offers an efficient portal for developing websites and portal for developing mobile apps for iOS. It offers useful options, including text shadow and gradient tools. Since the CSS3 requirement has not been finalized yet, it is important for web designers to take the full advantage of CSS vendor prefixes to ensure there are not any visibility issues among browsers. Prefixes help you add vendor prefixes to your code.

3) Adobe Edge Reflow Preview

Adobe Edge Reflow uses a grid system that can perfectly balance with your responsive web design Dubai. When you decrease the size of your design, the interface smartly adjusts the placing of entire site elements and the boxes of the layout can change their position as layout changes. The amazing tool lets you develop a desktop or mobile site both. It has a toggle feature, allowing you to easily switch among the layouts. Whether you create pixel-based or percentage-based grid, the elements will either adjust with the layout or stay fixed. Adobe Edge Reflow helps designers to give their ideas a visual representation. The interface makes it simple to switch between the desktops and mobile interfaces, making it easier for designer to see the process. When the web designer has a final mockup, he can extract the CSS file for completing the development phase.

4) Volusion

Volusion is a great ecommerce tool that allows you to creating a shopping cart to add in your web design. It can easily scale well at all sizes – desktop, tablet and mobile version of your website. Volusion is an effective shopping cart system with a website that can easily integrated into the design. First create your website, customize it and then add a shopping cart to your website. You can also add thousands of products on desktop and mobile version of your website. Website management services exist as well, this is for those who wish to delegate the tasks for a fee.
5) GoMobi

GoMobi is an effective content management system that allows you to create websites that can easily be viewed on thousands of mobile devices. It allows you to incorporate a code to the desktop website so when a user on a mobile phone visits the desktop version is impeccably sent to the mobile version. GoMobi has an easy to use interface; allowing you to add your GPS coordinates, address, and the mobile interface section. The GPS feature will automatically display on the mobile site and is ready to use. Web designers can customize the interface through templates and can add custom CSS, HTML and JavaScript programming by connecting them to the GoMobi interface.

6) WinkSite

It allows you monetize the site with Google AdSense and helps you determine the best places to put ads. WinkSite offers free services for up to five websites. You can create your own ads for your clients. With this tool, you can create custom ads for your sponsors, choose the layouts and control the frequency and positioning of the layout. It supports DailyMotion, YouTube, MetaCafe, and FLV files.

7) Mofuse

It is another effective tool that helps you build a mobile website. The look and feel of Mofuse is the same as GoMobi, hence, making it easier to understand and develop a mobile site. It’s very simple – enter some basic information, create a default template and get started with it. The Mofuse interface lets you enter information into the system that you can add to the interface later, making it easy for web designers to quickly create a mobile site. You can also create mobile site menu, add elements to the site, edit the order of appearance, colors, analytics, and much more. With this tool, you will have an option to create a code and insert into your website. If user comes to your website (desktop version) from a mobile device, it smartly redirects the user to the mobile interface.

Saher Naseem

The blog has been penned by Saher Naseem @SaherNaseemD a creative writer, blogger and a social media addict. Blog writing is her passion. She is currently working as a brand strategist and content crafter at Dubai Monsters that is an independent Dubai web design agency, specialized in web design and web development, corporate branding and custom logo designing services.