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How to respond to changes in Responsive Web Design

Introduction

The number and type of devices on the market is increasing, is your website ready? Follow the slogan “One Website, Many Devices”. Convert your website to responsive. At the most, it will cost you a couple of hundred, maybe a thousand dollars. But let me tell you this, it will be worth it. Why? Don’t listen to me, listen to Google. When Google speaks, companies make sure they listen. Make your website adaptive. Mobiles, tablets, phablets, desktops, make it accommodate them all.

Problem At Hand

The current known limitations of Responsive Web Design are

  • The code needs to be re-written
  • Time consuming, hefty, challenging
  • Costing some initial amount of cash
  • For transactional and data-heavy sites, they are sure to be facing lag

Change?

It’s a fact that, search engines terms and conditions have stated that, if you don’t make your website responsive then it would be able to appear in the list of websites the search engine comes up with. Bummer,  right? There are many more things the developers aren’t clear about. One thing, the responsive web design is actually client-side rendering. That means your browser will have to download the whole page, then resize it in accordance with the screen. So, what is this change that we are talking about? When responsive websites have to change something on their websites, they have to perform the change only on a single website, which serves all devices. This can be time saving and beneficial.

Responding to Changes

So we have already cleared the advantages and disadvantages of responsive web design. It certainly has gained a lot of hype. But does it deserve to? In fact, there are many other terms out there, like Adaptive Web Design which is actually a lot like RWD but in reality, they both are different and target diverse issues. ONE solution is to merge the two qualities of RWD and AWD and there you have it, a website with minimal weaknesses. There is even a term Separate Mobile Website, which is basically what the name implies.

The Different Types

We have already discussed the three types of designs out there which search engines and developers recommend. Choose the one which serves all purposes. Or merge their qualities if you have a transactional or heavy website

Responsive Web Design Advantages

  • One URL serves them all, interaction is easier
  • Adjusts itself in accordance with the device
  • While changing the website, only one is to be changed if you have a separate mobile website

Adaptive Web Design Advantages

  • Loads faster
  • One URL serves them all, interaction is easier
  • Adaption (if it wasn’t obvious)

Separate Mobile Website

  • Blazing fast
  • Only one website needed. No need for separate mobile device

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, they all have their disadvantages which can easily be dealt with. By fusion, you can make a close to perfect website. RWD can sometimes be very slow, since it downloads the complete content. Tricky and costly. AWD requires website maintenance. Separate Mobile Website makes interaction harder for users. You choose for yourself what is best for you. But if you want to remain in the business. Be sure to decide fast.

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