Mobile websites versus Responsive web design

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Many small businesses are now acknowledging that their website does not provide a good experience for visitors who are on a mobile device.  This results in many mobile visitors leaving and going to a competitor’s site.  There are two ways this can be solved retooling or building a responsive design or building a mobile site.

A mobile site is a new build of a separate site for the mobile user and may not contain all of the content on the original website.  Mobile sites are

responsive web design

Example of responsive web design. Not easy to read.

straight forward and provide the information that a visitor is most likely looking for in a easy layout.

Responsive web design is a layout that will automatically respond to the device being used and displaying the site in a user-friendly format. These websites are easy to read and navigate with minimum scrolling and resizing based on the device dimensions.

How do you choose which approach is best? It can come done to costs. But the real question is what experience do you want your visitors to have.

Now let us compare the rendering experience of the mobile websitesandresponsive web design.

  • A mobile website is the copy of the original website where the server delivers the page which is smaller and easy to navigate. In Responsive web design,the device adjusts the page according to the device screen and also decides the orientation.
  • A new domain is created for a mobile website; therefore the links shared from mobile website browser will not be counted in the search equity of the main or the primary site. In the case of responsive web design the domain is left unchanged, but the code is changed at the back-end so it maintains the company’s link search equity.
  • A benefit of the mobile site is that you don’t have to worry about any current code from your main site and you can start fresh with modern techniques and best practices.
  • The responsive webdesign technology is such that if once deployed it will work well for the coming years, but mobile websites have to be programmed periodically, owing to the changing technology in the mobile industry. Both the sites serve the same purpose but what differs between the two is the mode of operation.

Responsive web design is usually more costly because the code has to be retooled or an entire new site developed. If the website contains massive amount of data to be shared, then a mobile website will be less costly and quicker to deploy. Maintenance cost for responsive website is less as compared to mobile website.

With the continuous evolution in the smart phone industry and regular releases of the OS versions, availability of abundant applications has

mobile website

An example of a mobile website.

completely changed the way consumers use their mobile phones.

Responsive web design is suitable for corporate websites, media and news sites, location based services and it involves specialized knowledge of this technology. Mobile websites have a better user experience as compared to the responsive web design.

Responsive web design is an emerging trend in the market but will it be able to meet the web application challenges in the highly advanced era of mobile phones? The answer lies what you are trying to achieve using the website. Nevertheless, mobile websites definitely offer better and faster performance.

If you have questions about using mobile or responsive design we are happy to help.

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  • Debra Allen
    Reply

    I have recently come across a free site builder called webzai.com, that lets you design responsive websites from scratch without writing one line of code.

    http://www.webzai.com

    They also let you design a PC and a mobile version for your site, so you can choose between responsive mobile version or a mobile site.

    It has a bit of a learning curve to it but once you get the hang of it it’s great.

    • Donna Amos
      Reply

      Thanks Debra, that is good information. I will check it out.
      Donna

  • henrypatterson
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    A mobile site is essentially a copy of your website, where the server does the work to deliver an optimized page that’s smaller and easier to navigate. while In responsive design, the device does the work and automatically adjusts according to a device’s screen size (large or small) and orientation (landscape or portrait). It switches between these options on-the-fly.

  • Responsive Web Design
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    In my opinion responsive web design is good. it is very much user friendly and that is the reason people prefer this. If you choose responsive design, then it is the best decision you made. So don’t get confused use responsive web design.

    • Donna Amos
      Reply

      I agree responsive design is a good thing. I only caution business owners to view their responsive site on their phone to make certain it is easy for a visitor to find the info they are looking for like hours, phone number and directions.

  • Sravt Clav
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing your valuable information,very useful info that you provided
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