• The Downsides Of Responsive Design

    When it comes to having varieties of choices for those hungry for new breakthroughs, it has been a feeding frenzy. With the pop of new technology and its myriad of advances coming at us as fast as we can refresh a page, sometimes we forget to study the underside of that juicy-next-thing on the plate.

    Responsive web design is meant to move with the evolution of your site. When it comes to responsive  processes, understanding the bruised underside of things can reduce potentially destructive unintended results.

    Beginning With The Obvious

    When faster is better, it can be frustrating to be an user or mobile device user with a slow connection. If you layer on top of this the slower loading time required for some responsive processes, you can lose that audience quickly.

    When time is burned loading it means even though they may not be needed when called, such as with a mobile device, all scripts and images load up first anyway. A business whose competitors have become mobile-optimized, well, they keep the gate open for the speed-demons to find their landing page.

    A site with a responsive design takes at least 7 times longer to load than a dedicated, mobile-optimized version. This is a profound catastrophe for any e-commerce site, or for those that don’t possess the popularity to risk testing a visitor’s endurance.

    It Can Break Feature-Driven Sites

    Anytime users visit sites on any device, the user generally expects every core feature – from search to navigation, from category to action buttons – to be readily available.

    With construction, it usually means squeezing and piling these features into tediously long lists and at times even hiding them too deeply. This leads to not finding what’s needed, or having a navigation menu crowd the screen.

    This is a deal-breaker when it comes to usability. Trading usability for flexibility means responsive designs are more suited to content rather than feature-oriented sites.

    Interrupting Our Advertising Model

    Most advertising businesses are built on ad placement, which forces the advertiser to reconsider this value. Ads can break the layout as well as move advertisements to unintended and less optimal positions on the page.

    So much for sites depending on advertisement networks like Google AdSense that simply don’t offer responsive ads. The implementation for this would be too complicated on their end.

    No Compatibility For IE 8

    IE 8 maintains at least 24% of browser usage share around our world. CSS3 media queries do not support Internet Explorer 8 or anything else below it.

    Experience and Reality Affect Cost

    Always eager to try something newer and better, techies tend to hold a high level of optimism over the newest technological buzzword trending across the net (just think HTML5), until we actually apply it to a product.

    The truth remains; responsive design requires extensive experience with technologies and design process and patterns. It is an insane idea that anyone can reach the goal without trial-and-error methods.

    The RWD approach works under assumptions about browser display, and the designs working perfectly without any bugs. Considering the fluid nature of RWD, there will be unforeseen bugs every time the layout changes its structure according to screen resolutions and orientation.

    Jasmine has spent many years researching the design and development industry. She loves sharing her research & knowledge with others.