Mobile Website Design: Responsive vs Conventional

Now that mobile devices are taking over it may be time for your business to development a mobile website.  If you have not already done so that is.  With mobile websites there are two ways to get a site up and running for optimal mobile viewing.

First we are going to discuss the Conventional method.  With this method you would have a full desktop site for laptop and desktop computers.  You would have a second design that would be setup for tablets and mobile phones.  Your customers will be automatically directed to the proper site depending on the device they are using.

This method is a lower investment for your business compared to a responsive website design approach.  Another positive aspect on the separate mobile site option is the ease of DIY Do-It-Yourself applications.  It is relatively simple to update the design or content with the mobile site.

The most up to date website choice for mobile and desktop viewing pleasure is to build a responsive website design.  The defination of Responsive Website Design can be found by visiting Wikipedia.  To keep things simple this approach allows one site that will format itself to best fit the device it is being viewed on.  Have you ever seen a link on a mobile site that read – View Desktop Site or View Full Site?  This link allows you to bypass the preferred display method and go straight to the full desktop site.

Please check out our site on a mobile device 1SourceMG on a mobile device to view a responsive website design.  The chart below shows some key features and how those features are impacted by the two design methods used for mobile website.  Please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below as we would love to hear from you!

Mobile Website Design