Disadvantages and advantages
Disadvantages: Of course, there are not only advantages to using responsive design. In some situations, it is better to build traditionally. Here is a list of 10 disadvantages of building a website with responsive design compared to other methods.
- Can be slow in charge. Information for all units must be loaded at once and the images must be large enough to be scaled differently to get the results nicely. It often leads to choosing images that are a little bigger to be on the safe side.
- More time-consuming to design. Since the pages will be able to switch in different formats, the design must be considered and tested in different template options.
- One cannot think of exact dimensions. Everything must be thought of as a percentage relative to the image width. This is the exact opposite of “pixel perfect”.
- Can be difficult with advertisements (banners) on the site. Listings are often adapted into different size formats based on pixels. It can sometimes be difficult to make the images neat when columns change in size in relation to the screen width. Given that side blocks are moved around when the screen surface changes, ads can move to other places, which affects visibility.
- In many cases, it can take a long time to build a traditional website into a responsive one. Usually, it is easier to build a brand new one from scratch.
- Some parts of the layout can be difficult to make responsive. Advanced tables are one example.
- Sometimes you have to compromise on the aesthetic. Function must come before aesthetics for it to be practical to make the page responsive.
- Responsive websites can sometimes be difficult to work with in some publishing formats (CMS), because one must take into account the multi-page templates.
- If you are working toward audiences that have very old browsers, they can have problems with responsive pages, because they require browsers to handle new commands.
- When posting content on responsive websites, one should constantly test pages in different resolutions to see how text and images flow. This can make the process of building the pages take longer.
What are the major benefits of the use of responsive web design when building a site? Here is a list of 10 points.
- The web server does not need to check the device you are coming from and then select the version of the site. The layout is adjusted only by the screen width.
- You work with a code base, the same side and the same articles. You do not need to work with multiple versions of the same site.
- Google has started to communicate that they would prefer responsive pages as a natural format for mobile websites. It could affect rankings in search results in the future.
- You will receive comprehensive visitor statistics that are not divided into mobile statistics and computer screen statistics.
- Good for Search Engine Optimization. There is only one URL per page, not one URL for display and one for mobile. It can also minimize the risk that you get the same content (duplicate content) on several pages.
- When sharing on social media, computer users and the mobile users get about the same experience of a specific URL.
- When the new devices, phones, tablets, etc., are introduced to the market only responsive sites adjust automatically because they go by screen size, not technology.
- When Google indexes pages, it only needs to crawl a site, not one for mobile and one for computer. This is very good for large websites.
- A website that looks good and works well regardless of device is often popular because it is easy to use.
- It may sound ridiculous, but responsive websites are “in” and you need to keep up with the latest trends.