The whole web is responsive now! The responsive web design confirms that a website or web page would have support across devices or screens. What’s that mean? It means that when a browser shows up a website in different devices, users will have an optimal viewing experience. The website would not be distorted, and all the elements would be at their right places.
But it is not easy to make a website responsive. It takes to many efforts to make a responsive website. A site with responsive web design (RWD) adapts the layout to the viewing environment by using fluid, proportion based grids, flexible images, and CSS3 media queries.
Sounds tricky? Well, it is. There are several tools as the web development technology has already come a long way and, many companies have contributed excellent solutions to make responsive web development simpler.
Here is a list of the best of the tools for responsive web development:
It’s simple basic tool allowing web designers to see an illustrative example of responsive design. It doesn’t show your website, but it shows the different responsive screen sizes in general.
Bootstrap is a free and open-source front-end library for designing websites and web applications. It’s a framework to develop with HTML, CSS, and JS. It allows the rapid prototyping of an idea or responsive grid system. It offers several prebuilt components and plugins.
If a web designer is looking for Google’s views on their website, then the company offers the Mobile-friendly test for free. The test provides suggestions related to the improvements in HTML, CSS, Java Script and image, load time, etc.
It’s a complete prototyping tool for the web and mobile. It provides a coding free, drag-and-drop interface to define the responsiveness website and apps for the web, iOS, and Android. Also, you can customise and adjust your wire frame with the help of dynamic layout fitting the devices of all screen sizes.
5. Adaptive Images:
This tool detects sizes of a visitors’ screen, automatically creates caches, and provides devices with the re-scaled version of images embedded into HTML of a web page. There is no need of changing markup with this tool.
It’s a jQuery based plugin to make font’s sizes flexible. With FitTex, web designers can easily achieve scalable headlines that fill the width of a parent element.
However, it’s a paid tool, but if you are a professional web designer and looking for a tool that tests your website in all browsers and mobile devices simultaneously, then Ghostlap can be a useful option for you. Also, you can use 7-day trial version to check how helpful this tool is.
If you are looking for a quick tool to check the responsiveness of a website, the Am I Responsive can be the best choice for you. Simply enter your URL and see how it looks on different devices. Also, you can rearrange the devices, but this feature has no role in responsive web development.
Web developers are generally aware of this tool. It shows all the popular screen sizes of devices. Enter the URL of your website and check it’s responsive on the devices (PC, tablet and mobile) simultaneously. Also, it shows both landscape and portrait versions of tablets and mobile devices.
Google chrome comes with the DevTools Device Mode which helps web designers a lot in responsive web development. You can access it by right clicking your mouse and then clicking on the Inspect.