Top Elements of Responsive Website Design

Top Elements of Responsive Website Design

The web is rapidly going mobile. As an increasing number of people access the internet using mobile devices, the requirement for responsive site design keeps intensifying. You can use these top responsive design tools to help you create user-friendly responsive web designs.


FitText assists you by making flexible font-sizes for your responsive layout. FitText is a j Query plugin that will automatically resize the font size of your headline according to the parent element width to assist you in creating fluid headlines. This means that you won’t ever have a broken layout, widow, orphan or additional ugly effects due to font-sizing problems again.

Adaptive Images

Similar to the way FitText functions with headlines, this tool will automatically adjusts embedded images in your HTML to fit the resolution of the screen of  the site accessing device. It does not require any mark-up changes and it can work on your already existing site. Configurations may even be customized if you are not happy with the default settings.


Have you become tired of calculating the column configurations for different screen sizes?  Gridset assists you in designing customized responsive grids easily. It can assist you in creating almost any type of grid you desire, from very simple, to quite complex, and you won’t have to concern yourself with calculations and measurements. Grid sets can even be saved for reuse in the future.

Responsive Design Testing Tool

Do you need to quickly test your design on multiple devices?  Then the Responsive Design Testing Tool can help. All you need to do is enter the URL of your site in their address bar. This tool will display your site on the following screen resolutions:  1024 by 768 which is an iPad Landscape, 768 by 1024 which is an iPad portrait, 480 by 640 which is a small tablet, 320 by 480 which is a iPhone, and 240 by 320 which is a small phone.


For users to navigate your site with ease, you need to have mobile-friendly menu navigation. FlevNav provides you with a solution, so you can have responsive navigation of your site.  FlevNav is a j-Query plugin that makes use of JavaScript and media queries to generate menus that have drop downs that are tailored specifically for mobile devices. It uses multiple sub menus that are nested and touch screen tap targets.

Responsive Slides

This is a plugin that permits you to create a slideshow that is fully responsive. It utilizes container elements to do so. It is a relatively small and simple plugin, however, it contains numerous settings that are customizable in order to create a slider that is truly unique.  You are able to set manual or automatic fade, have next and previous controls, order slides randomly, and have optional callbacks for ‘after’ or ‘before’.

Responsive Tables

The design of Responsive Tables has three specific design elements. It was designed to create tables that don’t hide data, allow you to compare rows, and don’t disrupt the layout of a responsive design. It uses a CSS/JavaScript combination and functions by pinning the first column on the left side of the table and permitting you to scroll to the additional columns beneath it.


Wirefy is a rapid prototype tool that provides you with a means for quickly testing responsive wireframes. You may use them to display to your clients or for your own edification. Wirefy is extraordinarily adaptable and flexible. Wirefy is based upon a grid that has 16 columns and it has standard options and UI elements, while not incorporating any particular style, so you can place your focus on content without taking style considerations into account.


Bootstrap is a  front end framework that utilizes a responsive grid that has twelve columns with numerous plugins, components, typography options, and form controls. Its grid system, which is responsive, creates a flexible layout, making your site render well on the latest mobile and desktop browsers. By making use of its Customizer, which is web-based, you can select components, j Query plugins, and alter variables.


Foundation is an open source front-end framework that also utilizes a flexible, 12-column, scalable grid that functions on just abut any device. It supports source ordering, nesting, device presentations, and offsets. This framework allows designers to have a high level of customization and creativity by utilizing various plugins, UI elements, and options.

Being director of  E-Traffic Web Design in Melbourne, Cameroon is passionate doing research about new trends and technology, Responsive web design is top of his list due to  the power and flexibility it provides to business for targeting customers on any device and screen resolution.

Image Credit: Samuel James Oxley

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