Responsive Design vs Server-side Mobile Solutions an Infographic

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Responsive Design vs Server-side Mobile Solutions an Infographic

Responsive Design vs Server-side Mobile Solutions an Infographic

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If the average mobile user is only willing to wait a maximum of four seconds for content to load on their devices, it makes no sense to use an approach that may slow down your site’s loading time.

Yet some are choosing to use responsive design for their websites – a method by which both desktop computers and mobile devices always download an entire web page, along with its added code.

The statistics in our new infographic show why we believe the better choice for many high-traffic, large-volume sites is a fast and flexible server-side solution.

When it comes to Server-side Mobile Solutions options and WordPress, there’s new discussion in the web development community about the merits of responsive design, while less talk of alternate options like WPtouch & WPtouch Pro. This post explores some of the key differences between the two approaches.

In a recent blog post, 5 Reasons Why Responsive Design Is Not Worth It, Tom Ewer, of Manage WP examines the shortcomings of responsive design and laments the lack of arguments against it on the Internet. Though I’ve come across a few other voices here and there that speak less favourably of responsive design, these comments seem somewhat lost in a sea of content being produced by its supporters.

This is not to say that Responsive Design is not a valuable approach to mobile website design— I’m speaking here about the lack of discussion regarding alternate approaches.

Responsive Design vs Server-side Mobile Solutions an Infographic

Source: Bavenewcode

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Door | 2016-11-01T18:06:52+00:00 12 november 2013|Categorieën: seo, social media, social networks, webhosting, wordpress|Tags: , , |

49 Reacties

  1. Mithu Hassan 12 november 2013 om 10:27

    Great infograhic !!

  2. Sumit Sharma 12 november 2013 om 10:38

    Really a informative Infographics

  3. RadeBigMan 12 november 2013 om 10:50

    Cool infographic, well done!

  4. Marc van Wijk 12 november 2013 om 11:01

    Indeed a nice graphic, but hardly surprising numbers.

    However, consider this. An average website has a lifespan of what, 2 years? 3? In those 2 years both mobile connection speeds and that of devices will grow equally, if not more, exponentially to the growth of webpages. Is it worth it to basically design 2 separate sites for a problem that may be moot before it becomes a BIG problem?

    • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 11:19

      @marc_van_wijk:disqus it’s two templates, the design will be like the website it took me 2 hours to make my mobile site with WP Touch Pro 😉

      • Marc van Wijk 12 november 2013 om 11:33

        If you start a site on a responsive basis from scratch, it may cost even less than that 🙂

        • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 12:07

          I do not think so, a good responsive site is very difficult if you also want to be flexible and SEO optimized!

          • Marc van Wijk 12 november 2013 om 13:13

            I don’t agree. A handful of (css-)tricks (or rather, basics) will make a site fully responsive and thus keep your SEO in check with your full-width site.

          • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 15:25

            This is not as easy as you think 😉 I wish it was 😉

          • Marc van Wijk 12 november 2013 om 15:54

            Sure it is. Have you ever looked at TwentyTwelve? That’s full responsiveness right there, solely through CSS.

          • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 16:02

            Yes ofcause, I work with WordPress sins version 2 when it was only a weblog 😉 I know the theme is respnsive and only through CSS, but you also have to work with plugin’s and custom code etc… so 2012 is not good enough IMHO, and Responsive is also not the way I would go, mobile is way better an much more flexible

          • Marc van Wijk 12 november 2013 om 16:29

            Hmm… have you checked your own homepage on mobile? Half the content is dropping of the screen and unreadable. On this blog page, your sidebar is gone. I can’t imagine that’s good for SEO. Besides, what about tablets? I’d rather have my site scale to whatever best fits the user’s browser, than make it dependent of what that type of browser that is.

          • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 16:52

            I know I am still busy with the best setup, it running for one day now 😉 the sidebar should be gone after the blogpost choice, thats no problem. I like this much better than responsive design I tried a lot of responsive templates but all where very bad IMO so far….

  5. Rachel Bloomer 12 november 2013 om 11:04

    Interesting & informative post. Thanks for your sharing!

  6. Milieunet 12 november 2013 om 11:12

    Interesting inforgraphic.

  7. Andoni Al-Khoury 12 november 2013 om 11:19

    Very helpful info, thx 🙂

  8. Damon Hall 12 november 2013 om 11:52

    Interesting stuff here… Thanks

  9. Get Some 12 november 2013 om 11:54

    Wow, this is amazing.

  10. Ming Jong Tey 12 november 2013 om 11:56

    I love responsive theme that suits all kind of platform. This will become a norm in a few years time for sure!

    • Marc van Wijk 12 november 2013 om 12:05

      I would say that for serious webdesigners, it already is.

  11. Tap That Tech 12 november 2013 om 12:01

    Great infographic 🙂

  12. Nikki Ng 12 november 2013 om 12:02

    I always like responsive design, given that I browse sites on my mobile from time to time. So, definitely love the theme that can cater for mobile, pad, etc…

  13. Stuart Donald 12 november 2013 om 12:02

    Slow sites are a problem and I’m the first to admit that I don’t like to wait for a site to load on my smart phone, how things have changed as it was less than 18 years ago when we all had to go to a telephone book or a book. This is a very interestings infographic and I’m pleased to see the topic bought to light. Well done

    • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 12:05

      I agree @stuartdonald:disqus so that wy I now use the Mobile template, this is much faster and also it takes sources away from the desktop site, so it works bith way’s! 🙂

  14. Steven L. Johnson 12 november 2013 om 12:11

    When I surf the web with a mobile device, I’m mostly connecting via WiFi. If that becomes more and more common, does that change the response vs. server-side equation?

    • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 12:25

      No, it’s not only about speed also about size

    • Marc van Wijk 12 november 2013 om 13:17

      Like the graphic says, it’s more about the capabilities of the devices than the connection speed.

  15. Jonathan Boyer 12 november 2013 om 12:23


  16. Harold Gardner 12 november 2013 om 12:59

    It is an interesting balancing act to ensure that the experience is rich & responsive no matter where the browser happens to be.

  17. Abir Roy 12 november 2013 om 13:37

    very nice infographic

  18. Michelle Harris 12 november 2013 om 13:46

    thanks Berry – Loving a mobile infographic right now 🙂

    • Berrie Pelser 12 november 2013 om 16:02

      Thx! @disqus_Yi349xYJ5w:disqus 🙂

  19. ATOTSM 12 november 2013 om 13:48

    Wonderful – So much information in one pic 🙂

  20. X 12 november 2013 om 13:58

    Great infograph, thanks for sharing

  21. TZARUL NICOLAI 12 november 2013 om 13:58

    Exceptional analysis Berrie, thank you for sharing such a well documented infographic 🙂

  22. Robert M Staples 12 november 2013 om 14:10

    Very insightful Infographic

  23. Stephanie 12 november 2013 om 14:37

    Love this graph!

  24. Adam Hailey 12 november 2013 om 14:47

    love this infographic, explains everything well

  25. Tom Mack 12 november 2013 om 15:15

    Love it! It’s an entire article in pictures.

  26. Agence referencement 12 november 2013 om 15:32

    Good job, I share this infography on my GG+, very interesting comparative.

  27. Rob Tee 12 november 2013 om 16:41

    That’s a great point, yeah clients should only ever have to download what is needed based on the client.

  28. Eric Penn 12 november 2013 om 17:47

    Great advice

  29. gholden 12 november 2013 om 18:01

    Shared this widely. Many will appreciate this information.

  30. Gil Datz 12 november 2013 om 22:10

    Lots of info. Great job. I’ll have to read it a few more times. 😉

  31. Braden Walker 13 november 2013 om 00:38

    great infographic. thanks

  32. hsphealth 13 november 2013 om 01:10

    Interesting article. Load times are important and I did not realize how slow mobile is. Good to know.

  33. Matej 13 november 2013 om 09:00

    Slow connections are a problem.

  34. TatianaTheDog 14 november 2013 om 01:57

    Rather than choosing between the two, what about using both?

    RESS: Responsive Design + Server Side Components

    • Berrie Pelser 14 december 2013 om 11:26

      That would not be nessesary if you choose the Mobile sollution 😉

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