How to Create a Responsive Web Design in WordPress

How to Create a Responsive Web Design in WordPress

How to Create a Responsive Web Design in WordPress

First of all, we know WordPress as a platform is quite dynamic and a very popular platform. It is easy to use and is both flexible and dynamic. It is also an open-source platform developed for blogging and is a CMS (Content Management System). There are so many themes available to purchase or WordPress right out of the gate. You can purchase a particular theme and hit the ground running or you can chose to design and develop your own custom theme. The choices are endless if you chose to use WordPress as your chosen platform in designing and developing a responsive website.

How to start:

You might be thinking, “What is all this responsive web design”? How do I do this using WordPress? WordPress is already a very dynamic platform and having to convert it into responsive web design might be a bit tricky, however, with so many responsive design themes you can purchase, this might make things a bit easy.

First Step:

Start with sketching out your design layout for your responsive design. As with everything you do in web design, it must start with a rough layout. You can sketch it with pen and paper or you can use Notepad or even a Microsoft Word document. There are also several free mockup or wire frame tools that you can use. You can find a list of free tools here http://codecondo.com/free-wireframe-tools/

Second Step:

Once you have a sketch you like, you can then test out the layout using a tool such as http://quirktools.com/screenfly/#u=http%3A//www.codefaktory.com&w=640&h=480&a=4 as this will give you several options and resolutions to test it in. Save time in the design phase by using an already ready made responsive design theme. This will cut down on time needed for a custom design. Find the right theme that closely resembles your theme and then just customize it. Again, if this does not work, then you have the option of designing it from scratch to have a truly custom responsive WordPress design theme.

Conclusion:

As you see, there are many tools available for you to use during your responsive WordPress design and many are free. Use them and remember that each theme is unique with no specific type of standard in place. One important thing to note is that if your responsive WordPress design is for a client, be mindful that not everyone knows how to manage WordPress. So keep this is mind, as there is a learning curve for a newbie to WordPress. It would be very helpful to create a tutorial to give to your client with specific steps on how to manage their site if you are creating one for a client. This tends to cut down the frustration from the perspective of a client.

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