The Role of Responsive Images in a Responsive Website
Last week, we wrote about the importance of incorporating responsive design in your web development projects. Just as a quick recap, the key point to remember about responsive is just how vital it is to the success of your company.
Think of how often you’re browsing the internet on your smart phone or tablet. Do you really want to wait for images not formatted for mobile devices to download? The problem with downloading these large files becomes exacerbated when the user is on a limited data plan, which is typical for the majority of mobile and tablet devices nowadays. The likelihood of a user exiting a page quickly increases greatly when they are forced to download large images to properly view a website not fitted for phones and tablets. Frustration is not what you, as a company, should be aiming for. Your goal is to keep your audience on your pages for as long as possible, which can lead to more potential clients and returning visitors. So how do you ensure that your audience has an easy and enjoyable experience when visiting your website away from their computers?
For starters, it is important to have a responsive web design. It can not be stressed enough how important responsive design is to the functionality of your site on mobile and tablet devices. Web design and development are constantly changing, and it is imperative to stay in tune with what today’s technology incorporates and how receptive the mass population is to these changes. Responsive design, when implemented correctly, ensures that your images download quickly and properly. You won’t have to worry about a frustrated user who has to deal with the download time or being forced to scroll for what seems like an eternity (we all remember those days) because the images aren’t formatted properly to fit a mobile device. So, how do you get the image to appear just right using responsive design? Well, there really is no right answer and the debate on what the best practices for formatting images are still continues. There have been several breakthroughs in perfecting this art of formatting and we think one of them is especially worth looking at.
Want to learn more about how we handle this issue at WDG? Get in touch to talk to our of our developers about how different scenarios can actually lead to different practices for getting responsive images just right.