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).
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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.
This is a really good book I found on the subject - I have been using it to make my site more mobile-friendly:
Hi Dinesh, I'm a bit confused by your question, since your bio shows that you are a web developer. Is the experience in India different to that in North America? Most web developers in NA would develop responsive designs as over 68% of people search for websites from a tablet or a smart phone.
Global audience is getting smarter these days. They prefer to access a website in mobile devices. Even Google recommends every website owner to pay attention towards mobile websites. Responsive device is a key element in it. I would recommend you to go for it. Responsive designs make your website very user-friendly. Making users as your website’s best and loyal friends will definitely be an advantage for you.
Yet, with the increasing popularity of approaches like responsive web design, some inroads are being made. Responsive offers a way for companies to design websites with built-in flexibility to provide a unified experience across device types. But it’s not an easy option and often comes at the expense of data-heavy sites that aren’t optimised well for mobile devices, particularly those without access to fast connection speeds.
Serving the same content to all devices irrespective of device capabilities, screen size and resolution, and indeed connection speed, can negatively impact the user experience and engagement rates. Basic user experience issues are always among a consumer’s top gripes when it comes to accessing the internet on mobile, with page load times being particularly important. A recent study by KISSmetrics found that 40 per cent of people abandon a website that takes more than three seconds to load.
Without visibility over which device your content is reaching, it is impossible to deliver the most effective experience, or to ensure that you’re not sending content designed for desktops to smartphones, for example. Responsive can certainly be an option when implemented with device detection on the server side (RESS), but ultimately the choice between adapting content on-the-fly and responsive will depend on your business needs.
Optimising content for mobile devices isn’t all about resizing it for smaller screens; businesses must also consider the usability of their content. How easily can the content be downloaded over wi-fi, 3G, 4G and slower connections? Does it take into account unique mobile capabilities such as location or touch interfaces? Is it sensible to serve all desktop content to mobile users?
As well as usability, there is also the issue of responsibility. Consumers do not look kindly on businesses serving them content that costs them data allowance, battery life, time and money. As well as ensuring that content works across different devices, businesses also need to ensure that it is sympathetic to users’ needs – and pockets.
- See more full article - http://mobilemarketingmagazine.com/gc-dotmobi-multiscreen
No question. Responsive is the only way to go - it allows you the most flexibility for (generally) the best value. Even if analytics tell you today that most of your traffic is not mobile...chances are it's moving in that direction.
With the present shift towards mobile internet use I have opted to go for a responsive design despite the cost, because it will last well into the future whereas an unresponsive site will make it difficult for the increasing number of mobile viewers.
You really don't have a choice at this point to be honest. Responsive Design was created for the mobile community which as you are surely aware taken over the PC industry.
Joshua Steimle: "If you’ve ignored previous warnings and your business isn’t taking advantage of responsive web design right now or planning on it in the very near future, you are in danger of going out of business in 2014. There are three exceptions to the rule; 1) you don’t depend on your website to stay in business, 2) you have no competitors, or 3) you are familiar with responsive design, you’ve already verified it’s not the right fit for you, as Linkedin has, and you have an alternative mobile strategy. If any of these three apply to you, then you’re ok, carry on. But if your company depends on its website enough that losing the business it brings to you would be a serious blow, getting a responsive website before the end of the year should be your #1 online marketing goal."
Most likely you should. But the actual question is "is it the right time?" The answer to that question can vary and depends on your current stats. Just check your site's Google analytics (if you have not installed it yet, do that asap), and in case 15 or more percent of your site's traffic is mobile.. the decision is obvious.
According to my opinion. You have to develop responsive website. Because in future its really important.