Thursday, September 4, 2014

Why Responsive Website Design is a Requirement not just a Feature

It is highly unlikely that you are a smart phone user and have never browsed a website in your phone. If you haven't, it is probable that you must be learning how to do that as we speak. My point being that most of the internet traffic nowadays is channeled via smart phones and thus the problem, of how to build websites that are flexible enough to suit any platform. By now you might have guessed the solution to the stated problem(as its quite obvious from the title) is Responsive Website Design (RWD) . So, let us take a deeper look and understand what a responsive design is.
According to CNN, mobile phones were responsible for 55% of internet usage in USA around January 2014. while stats regarding people accessing net from their desktops vs mobile are:
  • Mostly via Desktop — 11 percent
  • Evenly split between both mobile and PC — 28 percent
  • Mostly via mobile — 37 percent
  • Only via mobile — 23 percent
Therefore, it is quite apparent that flexibility of a website, or its being responsive in different platforms is an essential necessity.
So if you have browsed enough websites from your mobile then you might have come across certain websites whose texts are misaligned or have too much sideways scrolling. These are some of the many flaws that Responsive Website Design has overcome quite brilliantly as it offers complete functionality, optimum readability and can be easily used such that it remains consistent across various platforms and screen sizes.
If you are still not convinced why RWD is the need of the hour then take a look at these staggering stats concerning web browsing via mobiles :
  • 74% of consumers will wait 5 seconds for a web page to load on their mobile device before abandoning the site.
  • 46% of consumers are unlikely to return to a mobile site if it didn't work properly during their last visit.
  • There are over 2 Billion people accessing the web from their mobiles.
As the data suggests the future of websites is in responsive design and you can find a lot of web designers, like us at honeyvig's Web development services who are working to make your website responsive and flexible. For those who think its just a passing phase and RWD is just another feature need to be vigilant for time is ruthless and the future is moving beyond your desktop screen.
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