The growth of mobile devices have forced many a web designer and web developer to consider responsive layouts are part of their services as more and more businesses are getting savvy about their mobile customers.
Personally, I do not believe that it’s hit critical mass in terms of adoption or even awareness but it’s fast-becoming a consistent conversation with the organizations that I consult with and is nearly always listed as a “need” or high on the desirables list.
So, is this the year of the Responsive WordPress Theme? Will it become a defacto-standard in WordPress theme development? I’m not entirely sure but I know that adoption this year will increase in tremendous leaps and bounds – even WordPress.com is celebrating responsive with their recent release of a number of themes that sport responsive layouts, sharing some statistics of the percent of responsive layouts available in their overall library:
Of 220+ themes in the WordPress.com Theme Showcase, over 50 themes are responsive: they provide a tailored layout depending on the device you’re using.
Not quite 25% but I’m sure that existing themes will be updated with responsive layouts and new and upcoming themes will have it out of the box.
What are your thoughts? How have you seen your own engagement with responsive layouts with WordPress Themes? Are your clients becoming more savvy and are you constantly putting this into your estimates?
What about your own blog? Are you sporting a responsive layout? Currently, we do not have it (and we have a reason) but for sure we’re looking into it in our refresh of the design.