Dislodging 5 Common Myths About Responsive Design

Saurabh Tiwary | 30th June 2016

Responsive Design has been in the vogue for a while now. This formerly set trend that focused on designing a website accessible through various device types is still taking over various other design forms. The causes also looks quite obvious you can’t deny the usability and flexibility offered by responsive websites. Thus, making them one of the most favourable alternatives for web or mobile-based development. However, it looks like designers being more crazy about responsive design often possesses widespread misconceptions. Let’s take a look.

Responsive Design Myths

Myth #1- Responsive Design Improves Website Load Time

It is one of the common misconceptions that designers tend to possess. Although responsive websites do not suffer from redirecting issues, but the downloading of various components while website loading makes them a bit slower. Whether or not all the elements are required, they are still loaded resulting in slowing down of websites.


Myth #2- Responsive Design Ensures Optimal Layout

Responsive websites makes it easier to display content as per the screen size allowing single layout to be used across various screen sizes. However, following mobile-first approach might optimize the mobile version of the layout, but it might have negative impact on the desktop and tablet version.


Mysth #3- A Responsive Website Is Necessary For SEO

With update of Google mobile-friendly algorithm, there was a hoax that it was necessary to have a responsive website for better SEO experiences. It was considered that adapting desktop experience to the smaller screens through responsive website’ might meet Google’s mobile-friendly criteria. However, responsive design were only meant for mobile-friendly experiences. And it’s not like having a responsive website will ensure  better SEO.


Myth #4- It’s Mandatory To Have A Responsive Design

Most of the designers consider responsive design to be an essential asset of their website. They go behind the notion that modern web design is solely based on it. However, many survey reports reveal that by 2015, only 20% websites incorporated responsive design whereas a number of big companies are still running static websites. So it is just a misconception.


Myth #5- Responsive Design Does Not Display All Content

This statement counts to the biggest myth. The purpose of a website is to provide information. So, why would a design process hide any important information? Responsive design displays content in different way without hiding any information. It automatically formats the entire content depending on the device type. However, no information is required to be chopped off.

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