As you probably well know the manner in which people access the internet has changed a lot in recent years. With the rise of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices there are more and more people going online from these devices nowadays as opposed to more traditional PCs and notebooks.
Because of this phenomenon, websites can no longer assume that the majority of their viewers are going to be using PCs and notebooks. Increasingly, websites are being accessed from a wide variety of devices – and that is where traditional WordPress themes run into a problem.
Most WordPress themes have been designed with standard computer screens in mind at specific resolutions and screen sizes.
However tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices generally have much smaller screens and different resolutions so these WordPress themes do not appear the same way on them.
Initially many WordPress-based websites tried to provide mobile versions of sites to cater to these users. That is why you could download various themes and plugins for WordPress that would transform your website into a mobile-friendly website.
However the downside of this is that your site would look very different when accessed from a mobile device as compared to its ‘normal’ view on a PC or notebook.
Nowadays however, the solution that designers have found to be the best is to create responsive WordPress themes instead. A responsive WordPress theme is a design that is intended to appear the same way on both mobile devices as well as PCs.
By doing so, the look and feel of the website is preserved while at the same time people on mobile devices can access the website with ease and view it properly. With the advancements made in CSS3, this has become much easier to do.
With the aid of certain CSS queries, responsive WordPress themes ‘scale’ the website according to the screen width of the device that is being used to access it. That allows the same theme to be used but in a scaled down version that looks exactly the same.
Some creative designs also ‘hide’ certain parts of the website so that it won’t clutter up the smaller screens of mobile devices.
In a nutshell, that is what responsive WordPress themes are all about.
Although these themes are becoming increasingly popular, it is important that you test them and see how they appear on different devices regardless. Assuming you want your website to be accessible by anyone and everyone while still maintaining the same feel it is important that you look at getting the right sort of WordPress theme – and this is the best solution.
All said and done catering to your viewers is essential for every website.