I promised in my post titled ‘What kind of website do you need?‘ that I’d explain what the terms responsive, accessible and mobile friendly mean. Here it is in #explainItLikeIm5 terms:
This means when you see the website on a tablet or a mobile phone it looks just as good as it does on a computer. The entire site changes it’s layout to be just as easy to read and navigate on smaller devices.
Are you fully or partially blind? If not you probably don’t care about this. If you are you can still understand the site because I’ve made sure the website is easily read by screen-readers. These are bits of software which read websites out loud. Behind every image in an ‘accessible’ website is a little piece of text which explains what the image is: like ‘Kestrel Design’s logo’ or ‘picture of a cat looking grumpy’.
As well as being responsive, a website is mobile friendly if it doesn’t need to download a shed load of data to look good. So images are appropriately sized and there’s not huge amounts of wasted data on irrelevant formatting (you get this a lot on build-your-own sites).