• Ashutosh R

    Good article! I have read many such articles and it is good to see such which will lead people to think before they jump on responsive site designing. Some people need to get mobile site versions of their site developed instead of going for responsive sites. Considering the page weight and other factors that destroy mobile user experience instead of helping their cause in certain page heavy sites having a lot of rich media, Javascripts etc.

  • http://www.andreapernici.com Andrea Pernici

    What is missing here is the TTI metrics and above the fold rendering.
    Considering that non-responsive website take more than 10secs to load and 5 to TTI those numbers aren’t so bad.

  • Tom Maslen

    Any website that has loads of heavy images are going to load slowly on a poor connection. What has this to do with mobiles or responsive web design?

  • Ashutosh R

    Because they are not that much resource rich(having lower capabilities) than PC/laptops… In some cases poor connection is not only the culprit. Plus we are supposed to target people having poor connection as well. Meaning as many segments possible…

  • Tom Maslen

    The phone in my pocket is better spec’d than the PC on my desk. There is no correlation between screen size and capability or connection speed. Most people will use their phone at home via WIFI just as much as they use it on the go.

    Saying responsive web design is bad because sites have lots of images is a stupid thing to say. If a site is heavy its because of the amount of content that is added to the it, not the technique used to make it.

    Its not 2007 anymore, devices don’t sit nicely into one of two device types: “mobile” and “not mobile”. People who think this don’t understand what “mobile” is anymore.

  • Martyn Jones

    I agree Tom, responsive design does not equal mobile. So may people make this mistake.

  • Martyn Jones

    Also, what the link doesn’t say is how the tests where carried out. If you’re on a smartphone with weak signal then obviously the load times will be slow.

  • Ashutosh R

    So do you mean today mobile specific website has no logic. Each and every requirement of a site can be handled well with responsive sites(for mobile visitors) be it made on any theme of product or service. People (even big brands) having separate mobile sites version are living in stone age with no logic to support their act of not having responsive site. People having responsive sites are able to properly interact with all kind of mobiles (feature and smart), tabs or other such devices. They are effectively handling user concerns in all kind of OS environment browsers…

  • Tom Maslen

    I would say responsive should be your default but its not the only option. Yes, you could make a separate mobile site but that has loads of issues.

    The first one being that you can’t reliably define what a “mobile” is anymore. Before the iphone when we started making sites/interfaces, we’d start with the device and work out what content to put onto it. Now because the number of devices accessing our content is so diverse we should start with the content instead. Responsive web design is a better technique to allow us to do that.

    Responsive web design isn’t perfect, but its better to make no assumptions about how people are trying to access your site.

  • Tom Maslen

    “big brands) having separate mobile sites version are living in stone age with no logic to support their act of not having responsive site”

    Yes. Big corporations move much slower than normal, plus the biggest issue they will have will be making a new responsive website work with their legacy CMS system.