From developer to developer: Practice what you preach.
If you own a development company, shouldn't you make your site as beautiful as possible across every screen? Responsive is the only way to go. It's the present and future of accessibility solutions for the web. Any company NOT producing responsive solutions for their clients these days are doing nothing but hurting that client's potential success. It's our duty as developers to make our clients (and the internet as a whole) a better place in which to operate/exist.
Hi Dinesh, In my opinion responsive view of any website is necessary in today's scenario. because in a changing era of technology people use the tabs, smart phones, I pods etc. more rather than to carry a laptop. If you want to get the most response or business leads you must have a responsive design of your website.
Since everyone says, "Yes!"
I will say, "No!!", unless of course you want all of your potential clients to have the best experience on your website.
YES, Take a mobile first strategy, as mobile devices have become the number one search source in the world. See www.Neon-Mobile.com for some stats.
A good way to know how people are viewing your site and whether you need to focus on mobile or not is to review your Google Analytics information.
GA will tell you what browsers, what devices, how they're getting to your site, where they leave your site... everything you need to know what to focus on for the improvement of your website(s).
Have a great day.
It really depends on how important all those mobile device users are to you! If you understand how powerful the mobile market is then you need to be mobile friendly. However, responsive design is all to often mistaken for being mobile friendly... which it is not. Responsive design will allow your site to be viewed on mobile devices... which is better then nothing... but it does not address the other important aspects of being mobile friendly.
A better question would be if you should go for being mobile friendly, which without a doubt should be yes.
If your website is services based and contains light content, responsive website can be a good option. However, if your website is product based with heavy content and lots of product graphics, go with a mobile redirected website or (m.yourwebsite.com). They load much faster with speed.
Responsive websites are slow in loading content particularly with lots of product images and etc. Not the perfect choice for retailers with lots of products to display. Slow loading time may cause frustration and may even increase your bounce rates.
That is why it is important to choose wisely. Responsive may not be for everyone especially product retailers.
Responsive is a must. We have developed over 470 websites for clients and now...clients don't even have a choice. We are developing you a responsive site whether you want one or not. One of the biggest reasons for developing a responsive website is marketing opportunity. If someone hears about you, sees an ad, scans a qr code, or otherwise hears about you OUTSIDE of a pc based computer search, you want them to have the best browsing experience possible.
How to do responsive:
Responsive IS NOT displaying all of your websites content on your mobile view. You need to display LESS content, Less Images. Get right to the point of the site. People on mobile are looking for answers. They have heard about you, found you during a quick search for something they need right then. Most of the time, you won't find someone on their phone just browsing aimlessly (unless they are on a date with someone really boring).
Since speed is sacrificed on mobile, get rid of the "filler" stuff that will weigh down load time.
Hope this helps.
As it has been mentioned, its an easy "yes", but it all depends on whether you are planning on proposing a dedicated mobile app or a mobile specific web site (ie. m.yoursite.com).
The trend for the near future is Responsive in my opinion, based on my experience and discussions around me. Developping a dedicated app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry etc... or a mobile specific website, is still quite popular, but with all features available in web browsers it will be possible to do just the same or even better via Responsive web design.
Its also more pratical as you only have 1 web address which is adapted automatically to all platforms. Reduces costs on the long term and increases user experience.