What is responsive web site design?

Posted Sep 24, 2015 by Mathieu Chiasson

If you're looking into getting a website for your business or even personal hobbies there are a few things you want to make sure your designer will provide. I'll explain after but for now there's one thing you have to learn. This simple question...

Will my website be responsive?

And the answer has to be...


Any other answer is not a good answer.

Now what's responsive website design?

Responsive web design is the ability to have one website which is view-able everywhere, on any screen type: TV, laptop, smart phones, iPads, tablets, watches and whatever will be invented next year and the years after.

I'm not talking about a mobile version of your site. That's the outdated way of doing things. It requires maintaining two separate website which is costly and not very efficient.

Responsive web design is the ability for a web site to adapt itself to any screen sizes. For example take this website, reduce the width of the browser window and you'll see it re-adjust itself as it gets narrower or wider.

Why is this important?

Because the Internet is always evolving, more and more people only uses tablets and phones to go on the Internet. Plus we don't know what's going to be next. A responsive website is the way of making sure your website is prepared for any situations in the future.

What if my designer says he won't (or can't) design a responsive web site?

It's time to get a new designer. Period.

So remember...

The secret question...

Will my web site be responsive?

and the only possible answer...


I can't stress the importance of responsive web sites enough. If your existing website is not responsive, now would be a great time to re-invest in a new design. If you're planning to get a new website done, remember the secret question.

If you have any questions related to responsive web design feel free ask them in the comments below.