TO RESPOND OR NOT TO RESPOND
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Responsive Web Design
Is it all about the money, money, money? Yeah, partly yes. Money plays a big factor in deciding whether to use a responsive web design or not. Here’s why:
- Before you start a website development project, you must consider a time-table. You must understand that more time means more spending.
- Go responsive and your website developer has to mock up only one design. Say goodbye to a handful designs, but say hello to multiple devices.
- Since responsive web design use media queries, you’ll no longer need to code up individual designs for multiple devices.
- Consider responsive web design as a smart business investment. It may appear costly today, but you’ll appreciate its worth in the long run.
Responsive Web Design? Yes please!
- Just think of SEO, you won’t need to construct a duplicate page for those mobile devices.
- Just think of the users, browsing with their tablets and smart phones will be so much easier and faster --- well, compared to those scale downed website versions, of course!
- Guess what? There will be no more horizontal scrollbars! Yes! Thanks again to responsive web design. It can easily adapt to any browser size.
- Lastly, I guess it’s safe to say that responsive web designs are future-ready, if not future-proof. When you’ve finally decided to develop a website using responsive technology, then you may take pride and boast that your website used the latest technology in website development.
Responsive Web Design? No, I don’t think so!
- Developing a responsive template requires more, and I mean more technical skills, more testing, more patience and of course, more time.
- Should the development team hand over the full control of the website to its owner [end-user / client], then the owner must undergo a technical training. This again, obviously, requires more money, more patience, and yes, more time.
- Even today, support for HTML5 and CSS3 is still limited --- regardless if it’s a desktop or a mobile device browser. So you might want to prepare yourself for browser compatibility problems.
- Responsive web design that purely rely on media queries and a single HTML source code setup may experience loading time problems, especially on smart phones. This possibly results from several server calls.
- Yes, yes, responsive web designs may have been built to respond to a device’s viewport, but some elements must still be removed from the viewport. When we say remove, we actually mean --- hiding them.
- Size. Well, yes, size does matter. Image’s file size can be a major problem in responsive web design. Visually, a large image may be simply scaled down, beware however, as its file size stays the same. Prepare yourself for a longer loading time.
- A scaled down web design version’s general functionality may be a bit different to that of its original. This is because some elements may need to be modified in a way that they’re still working. Or, they must be removed as they can’t be properly used in a small viewport.
“To responsive web design or not to responsive web design?” that is the question. Regardless of the given advantages and disadvantages above, the decision is still yours. If you are the type who always long for the latest, the most high-tech, and the cutting-edge, but still understand that there will be loopholes, then responsive templates is for you. Though if you’re sort of scared to invest some more into your website and online presence, we’ll understand. There is actually nothing wrong with that.
Take your time. Decision-making is kind of a burden. But let us leave you one word to keep you thinking --- adapt.
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