What are the Pros and Cons of Responsive Design for e-Commerce Websites

  • April 6, 2016
  • Web

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Responsive designs are important in order to popularize any website. It makes the site highly scalable because it can be accessed on almost any electronic device like computer, tablet or a smartphone.But it took people a while to realize the importance of this particular design technique and initially only three percent companies adopted it. The trend has picked up now with nearly 65 percent people using websites which are mobile intensive.The growth in the computer and tablet sales is also highly responsible for this sudden spur in responsive designs.
According to industry experts more such websites will be built in the future owing to the number of advantages that it offers.

One platform for all websites

Responsive websites are easier to update because they work on a single set of HTML codes and URL’s. It is easier to make changes in the content through only one Content Management System (CMS). It makes the process of updating easier and all users can get access to the website through any device which increases popularity and client appeal. Websites that are particularly created for mobile devices require different landing pages for each of the campaigns but the case will not be the same if the nature is responsive. Statistics show that tablets and smart phones are responsible for 60 percent mail checking and 30 percent search clicks. So,wing to user behavior the change is bound to be in favor of responsive websites.


Better user experience

With responsive e-commerce website, the experience of browsing and shopping is much better because the designs and content are specifically created for such customers even if they do not realize it.Many of the websites are created for the purpose of searching rather than navigation but for all customers user-friendliness is of primary importance rather.


Cost effectiveness

The best part of building a responsive website is the cost advantage because you will be building only one site for all devices. Dual web addresses are necessary for websites that can be used for desktops as well as smart phones. Also, two websites will cost more than one. Besides, in case of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), responsive designs are most useful since all visitors will come to only one website and can be counted easily.

The cons of responsive designs are as mention worthy as the pros.


Low webpage loading speed

People hate to stare at the mobile or computer screen waiting for the page to load. Slow speed therefore makes most browsers impatient and various surveys have proved that. With responsive websites the process gets even slower as all the content is downloaded from the HTML files which are universal and being used on other devices as well. They also give a better smart phone experience but additional scripts are necessary to see the additional content.


Designing constraints

Designing webpages for responsive websites is not easy because they have to fit in the screens meant for smart phones and also draw the attention of customers.


I am a technology expert having 10+ years of experience in IT, Online Marketing and Application Development. Being Co-Founder & CEO at Aarav Infotech India Pvt. Ltd., invests time in Research and Development to fine tune our processes while encouraging my team to embrace innovative ideas for delivering cost-effective output for our clients. My hobby is to share the ideas and thought with effective blogging.
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