“What is responsive web design?”This is a basic question that comes to your mind when planning to develop your website and when suggested by your developer to go for a responsive website rather than a normal website.
So first let me explain to you what is this response website all about. The simplest way to define a responsive website is “a website that changes its layout according to the users’ device or screen size.” It’s basically an approach whereby a designer builds a web page that “responds to” or resizes itself depending on the type of device it is being seen through i.e; desktop screen,smart-phones.tablets or laptops.
Responsive Web designing has become a vital tool for anyone with a digital presence. These days we are witnessing a drastic shift of users from desktops to mobile devices. More and more people are using mobiles and tablet to view webpages. Recently Google also announced that will be considering mobile-friendly websites first while following their algorithms of Indexing and Crawling.
Responsive Website Vs Traditional Website
Responsive website prevents canonical problems and duplicate content. This is an important benefit when using a responsive website design as against traditional design as is it eliminates the need for canonical tags. Such tags are being used currently in the traditional web designs to make three different websites into one. By using the responsive web design, this method is no longer needed to limit the duplication of content in mobile or desktop versions.
Content remains consistent
Responsive website development helps retain the content as consistent across sites. In the case of traditional web design, this content issue is a great concern as the developer has to maintain several versions of the website especially when any change has been made to the content. But in case of responsive design, it will keep these versions the same and consistent across the board. That means, when any change is made, that will appear correctly on the desktop computer, mobile phone, and the tablet. This enhances the value and position of the website to visitors and to all of the search engines.
Compiling In-bound links
A responsive website compiles or gathers all of the inbound links to one location. This helps to solve the problem of traditional web designing company in relation to inbound links by utilizing the same URL for multiple devices. The competition on the Internet is immense and companies or businesses are all aiming to get to the peak. To get to the top of the ranking, every website gets votes. And these votes grow from the plenty of credible inbound links that the website gets. So more the inbound links generated by your website helps it to rank on the top of the search engines. So it is very essential for all inbound links that come from a wide range of devices to be verified and counted.
Lower Cost and Less Time
One of the benefits responsive web design and its advantages the traditional designs are more affordable and less time-consuming. The cost of building a responsive website is lesser than a traditional website. The time consumed also is less as at one go the website is developed on platforms available in the market. Whereas in the case of a traditional website, the developer has to design different layouts and versions for different devices.
Lower Bounce Rates
A responsive website gives a much better user experience to the visitor as compared to a traditional website. Since if the user is visiting a traditional website on a mobile device it is more likely that the layout or display will not be that appealing. But in case of a responsive one, it does not matter from which device the user is accessing the website as it changes dynamically as per the user’s screen size, indirectly reducing the bounce rate. Also, it is more likely that the user will stick around for a longer period of time and explore different areas of your website. Alternatively, if your website is not responsive, it is very difficult to keep the visitor engaged and its more likely that they will bounce.
So to conclude we may say that a responsive website benefits not only the designers or developers but the businesses and, most importantly, users. As people are shifting their usage on the internet from desktop to laptops and laptops to tablets or mobile devices!
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