Google recently publicized its preference for responsive Web design for mobile delivery and will be rolling out a new algorithm that punishes sites with bad mobile infrastructure. As a result, Web designers should once again turn their attention to responsive Web design. However, there are several pitfalls that should be avoided in the process.
Responsive design integrates HTML, scripts, and CSS so a site can adapt to different resolutions for optimal viewing on screens of different sizes. Helium, Bootstrap, and Foundation 3 are a few front-end frameworks that help developers to rapidly deploy responsive design. These frameworks allow quick development without the need for an army of specialists. Each of them offers a variety of fonts, CSS Grids, transitions, and widgets.
Before rushing to use a framework, realize that most of the complete systems are open source so the integrity of the code may not be secure from an infrastructure standpoint. Using one of these frameworks might not prevent exposure to code injection on the front-end. If it is available, get a commercial license and ensure that support is available.
While some frameworks are fast and easy to install others are not, extending development timelines. Once installed, unused snippets of code can bloat a website, increasing load times. Frameworks are packages of pre-compiled code designed to speed code compilation. Whatever is unused should be removed so it will not slow down page loads.
Taking time to understand how to use a front-end framework before making a commitment can avoid a huge learning curve. Also, identify whether the layouts are integrated because this can create similar results across sites. Though a front-end framework can be an excellent way to quickly deploy a website with responsive design, these possible drawbacks should be considered and addressed by a comprehensive development plan that features security precautions, removes code, and creates a unique result.