The fast-growing mobile industry tasked web designers with a solution that was responsive and adaptable for desktop and mobile views.
That’s where responsive design came from. Ethan Marcotte created the concept, and it’s changed the way we look at websites on smartphones and tablets, where we now spend most of our time browsing.
The revolutionary new concept of responsive design has created a few rumors and myths that need to be debunked. We’ll look at 5 myths we’ve heard about responsive design.
Myth 1: Responsive design is for mobile devices only
Responsive design exists not just to make websites appear aesthetically on mobile devices, but to fit any size screen. Responsive design uses different image resolutions and widths to accommodate any screen size, and that goes beyond mobile. It’s responsive to all devices and desktops.
Myth 2: It’s compatible with all browsers
Unfortunately, responsive design doesn’t work well with older browsers like Internet Explorer 7. The browsers themselves cannot do what the responsive websites ask them to do. Make sure you’re using an updated browser to avoid issues with website compatibility.
Myth 3: Responsive design costs more
Responsive design is just set up differently; it doesn’t have to cost more. Designers are always working on ways to make it more cost effective, and for the time being, relying on an agency to cheaply design your responsive website could be a financially smart decision for your business.
Myth 4: It will slow down page load speed
Maybe you’ve heard that responsive design slows down your page load speed. That’s completely untrue, because responsive design only loads the elements on a site that are specified for mobile or desktop views. Loading only what is required speeds up page load time.
Myth 5: It will mess with SEO
Don’t believe this myth! Responsive websites actually rank higher in search because they have fast page loading speeds, more visitors, and a lower bounce rate. It’s not bad for SEO to improve the responsiveness of your website.
Those are the 5 myths we’ve heard about responsive web design and how it operates and effects your website. As more and more people browse the internet on mobile devices, the responsiveness of websites to mobile devices will become a more important factor of facilitating a website’s success.
If your website isn’t using responsive design yet, it’s time to move forward and get back in the competition! Your competitors are sure to be offering a responsive, user friendly website experience.