Responsive vs Fixed Width Layouts

What is the difference between responsive and fixed width layouts?

Fixed width layouts are just that, fixed. Whatever the resolution of your display, the website will always be a fixed width. If the visitors display size is smaller than the fixed width the website will not resize dynamically. Viewports are used to shrink the site on small displays, like iPads and iPhones, but it does mean the visitor has to zoom in to read text.

Responsive layouts will resize to any display size. On a large desktop display the website can be full screen, or set to a max width. As the display gets smaller the website will resize all the way down to a mobile phone display. This means that whatever size display your visitor visits on, the website is perfectly tailored to their display. The benefit of this is that text remains at a readable size on any device allowing easy access on any device.

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David Speight said:

Firstly, I’d have to say, Chris’ designs obviously look great and work very well. But over and above this, it’s Chris’ organisational skills and his ability to keep you involved throughout the build process that instills a real sense of confidence in him and his work. Having worked with two previous web designers who let me down in various ways, it was important this time around to find someone who would still be around and able to implement changes long after the initial site was built. Chris is a very talented designer. That goes without saying, but he is also one of those rare people who will go the extra ten percent to make sure his clients’ needs are not only met, but exceeded.

Hougaard Malan said:

When we started looking for a web developer to build the face of our new venture, we obviously started the search at home; South Africa. Many mails later, we were shocked that most of the local developers quoted us almost 5000GBP for the job, they didn't seem to understand what we wanted and they sure didn't seem confident that they could deliver it. A friend referred me to Chris and after a few short mails we had a surprisingly affordable quotation on the job and he had a solution for every problem we discussed with him. It is almost a year later and we haven't had a single problem with the site or Chris's service. He maintains our site to keep it lightning fast and up to date with the latest technology. He is exceptionally professional and always replies promptly when there's an issue. Most importantly, the website is barely a year old and we're almost at the top of google search results for our target market.

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