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Responsive Web Design v Mobile Websites

by | Jan 4, 2016

We live in a world where everything is done online. You want to shop? Go online. You want to check out reviews? Go online. Check out a website? Go online!

Everything, anything and everybody is connected in the virtual world, and now thanks to portable devices such as mobile phones, tablets and hand held devices, everything is now just a swipe away. Organizations and website owners are now in a rut. They want to design their website according to the needs of the visitor but are in a dilemma. They are confused whether to opt for a responsive or a mobile design?

In order to know what choice suits the website owner, they need to understand what exactly is a mobile website and a responsive design. The former can be defined as a separate version of the desktop website. The server that is used by the visitor automatically redirects the visitor to the mobile copy of the website. The content available at this ‘copy’ is of a smaller size (it is according to the screen size of the handheld or portable device being used). The mobile site is more user-friendly and allows the visitor to navigate through the website despite the fact that the layout and design of the website is the same as the desktop version. On the other hand, the latter (responsive design) is the total opposite of the mobile website. Here the ‘one fits all’ concept works. Whether it’s a smartphone or a desktop, only one design is required for all. When making use of the responsive web design Perth, your site responds to the device you are using.

 

What Differentiates Them?

Mobile websites are a copy of your website this is why for it to function properly, it is up to the server that it adjusts the webpage according to the size of the device, whereas, on the other hand for the responsive design to work properly, it is up to the device to adjust the coordinates of the website so it can run smoothly on the device.

Everybody knows what a hassle domain names can be. Here’s where mobile websites give you trouble. In order for the mobile website to function, you need to have 2 domains (one for the mobile one and one for the desktop) this is why when using a website on your smartphone, you often see a ‘m.’ at the beginning of the web address. Making use of a responsive design diminishes the hassle of finding two similar domain names. One is enough!

Mobile websites are A LOT of work! This is because of the plethora of websites that are emerging every other day! Every time a new model (or generation) of mobiles come up, the mobile website needs to be designed again, from the scratch! (Phew!) But when using its counterpart, there’s no redesigning every time a new model emerges. Old is gold!

 

WHAT TO CHOOSE?!

One of the problems that various website owners face is choosing which kind of them is suitable. Is responsive preferable, or should they go with the mobile website? The decision comes down to two factors: budget and the time required to develop them. Many website owners who have a small budget prefer to work on a smaller scale and that is opt for mobile designs. This is because mobile websites don’t require a lot of effort. Big establishments and organizations fancy having a responsive designed website since it is said that the internet prefers responsive design.

 

References

  1. http://www.smartz.com/web-development/mobile/mobile-vs-responsive-design/
  2. http://www.mannixmarketing.com/mobile-website-vs-responsive-design-websites
  3. http://blog.fiverr.com/whats-difference-mobile-website-responsive-web-design/
  4. https://www.techwyse.com/blog/website-design/what-is-the-difference-between-a-mobile-and-responsive-website/

 

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