After Google’s update, responsive design became a necessity more than fashion. ‘Responsive’ – it is a three syllable word thrown easily to the web designers by the clients. Most of you may not know this, but there are multiple ways to make your website mobile friendly, one of which is responsive design, the other two ways are m(dot) version of your website and adaptive version. We will discuss each type in detail.
1. m(dot) version
In the early days, m(dot) designing was used to make websites optimized for mobile devices. We all have seen the m(dot)websitename(dot)com written on our mobile devices. The ‘m’ represented the mobile version of the website. Facebook, YouTube all made the alternate version of their website with m(dot) in the prefix instead of regular http://.
Pros of m(dot) Design
- Reduced Page Load Time
- Quicker access
Cons of m(dot) Design
- Multiple URL structures for the same website
- Issues with duplicate content
- Hectic development and CMS work
- Not fit for all devices with different resolutions
2. Adaptive Design
A more advanced and modern version to m(dot) design is Adaptive design. In adaptive design, the server takes the responsibility to identify the device type and then loads the exact version of the website. Currently, there are three different versions of devices available for adaptive design. And these devices are categorized as per their screen resolution.
1. Desktop/Laptop Website
2. Tablet/Tabloid Website
3. Mobile Website
In order to make a website adaptive for these device types, three different versions of the website are prepared and loaded on the server.
Pros of Adaptive Design
- Better web page load time
- Lets you tailor the content as per user’s device
- No tweaking with existing website
Cons of Adaptive Design
- Not cost Effective to achieve
- Complex development tasks
- Cross-device content sharing is not allowed
3. Responsive Design
Responsive is the fresh solution out of these three solutions. In responsive design, you don’t have to create different versions of the website. You can achieve responsiveness with one website version only. The website layout changes dimensions as per the device it is being opened on. m(dot) is rarely used, but the real fight is between Adaptive Design and Responsive Design. There’s no clear winner here.
Pros of Responsive Design
- Single website version
- Single URL Structure
- Cost Effective
Cons of Responsive Design
- Fetches all the data because of one website version which reduces page load speed
- Long scrolling leads to users missing some features
- Images are scaled down and not re-sized which reduces page load speed
- Scaling down also makes some buttons, links non-clickable. User has to enlarge the size to click or tap
There is clearly not single solution to the question “Which is the Best Mobile Website Design for Optimization?” Adaptive and Responsive websites have their own pros and cons. It all comes down to your requirements and priorities.
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