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How a Responsive website is different from a Mobile website?

February 24 , 2017 | Written by: Azhar Siddiqui

As more and more people began to browse the web on their mobile devices, the need for mobile-ready websites became important a few years ago. This led to the development of mobile websites and responsive websites, both apparently driven by the goal to deliver similar results. Despite sharing the same objectives, both these web design approaches have many differences.Responsive Web Design A mobile website is designed specifically keeping in mind the web design needs of rendering a website on the small screen and faster-rendering needs of a mobile device. Responsive web design is not specific to the mobile device. It is a web design approach for creating websites that provide optimal viewing experience across all types of devices including mobile devices, desktops, tablets, laptops, and even other web-enabled devices where you can open websites.A responsive website adapts to any screen layouts, not just mobile. But a mobile website is specifically designed for adapting to a mobile device’s screen.Mobile Websites A mobile website can be said to be a condensed version of your main website, but it is a different website altogether. It can be accessed only from a mobile device and has lesser information and toned down graphics. A mobile website is different from your website’s primary website and can be recognized by the use of “m.” in the URL. When someone tries to access your main website, they will be redirected to your mobile website. Due to the lesser amount of information and lighter graphics, the mobile site is typically faster to load.Differences between Responsive & Mobile Sites Some of the common signs that tell the different types of mobile-ready websites are as following:• When a website looks similar on both a mobile device and desktop, it is a responsive website. The textual and graphic elements adapt well to the device’s screen and are easy to navigate.• When a website looks different on a mobile device compared to the desktop, yet can be easily navigated, is a mobile website.• When a website looks the same on mobile device and desktop but seems to be a miniature version on a mobile device and needs to be zoomed-in and scrolled to see the content, it is neither a responsive nor mobile site.Why Responsive Web Design is Better There are many reasons why a responsive website is better than a mobile website. When you have a responsive site, there will be only one site to design, develop, host and maintain. When you have a mobile site, it will be a separate website from the desktop version. So you will have two websites that need everything from designing to maintenance on a separate basis. This means increased costs if you not have responsive website.User experience is also better with responsive web design. However, many businesses prefer providing different user experience for their desktop and mobile-device users, and they may prefer having a separate mobile site. Even from the perspective of SEO, responsive website is easier to promote. You will have only one website to optimize and promote.
Azhar Siddiqui

About Azhar Siddiqui


Azhar is a Calgary Entrepreneur who thinks he has found his true calling :) Helping start-ups and small businesses get to the next level is the best feeling in the world. Currently works @ agua Entrepreneurial Solutions Inc. as Website Solutions Expert. Azhar is also a SEO specialist and a writer.

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