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What Is Best for You: Mobile Website or Responsive Design?

With hundreds of smartphone and smart devices around us, it is no surprise when statistics show that about 50% of web traffic is driven by mobile devices. Search engines are also favoring sites that are tailored for mobile devices. If you are already convinced that you must have a mobile optimized site, then you are presented with another dilemma of whether you need a responsive design or a mobile website. Here is an overview of both these techniques to help you choose. Mobile Sites In this type of approach, a separate site is created that is suitable for the small screens and hardware of mobile devices. When a user tries to access the site from a mobile device, the server identifies the device and redirects them to the mobile site. This was the first solution introduced for mobile optimization and has its own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages You can differentiate the content on the mobile and desktop sites. So you can optimize the content for mobile sites and make them more mobile friendly. It provides a better user experience by providing mobile-specific controls. Disadvantages The bi-directional annotation (redirecting to mobile sites based on a device) may cause complications for SEOs. The changes in the desktop site must also be reflected in the mobile site. You have to maintain two domains for the same site. Responsive Design Responsive designs use code elements to alter the design of your website depending upon the device you use to access it. Essentially, a single website is made to adapt itself to the environment in which it is used. Responsive sites adjust themselves to...

Web Development Trends – 2014

Web development is an ever-changing practice. Web development started as a simple HTML page by typing in code for each individual page. Today we hear about terms like custom web development. The technology never stops evolving and there are new trends that come by. It’s the same with web development. Let’s take a look at the top web development trends in 2014. Single Page Website Single Page Website is the newest trend in the web development industry. Single Page Websites give you the liberty to view all the content on just one page by just vertically scrolling up and down. This works really well on mobile phones. One of the benefits of having such a website is that the user can process the information given more easily without being interrupted for switching to any other page. Responsive Design You must be thinking that how something that has been there for quite a few years will become a trend now. You are absolutely right. Responsive Web Design will not be a trend anymore. It will become implied in web design. The PC usage is at its lowest with every body busy with their mobile and other hand-held devices. Under such circumstances, responsive web design is the only thing that makes sense. Rise in JavaScript Development JavaScript will see a dramatic increase in the usage for web development this year. You ask for reasons, right? The developer does not have to go and learn a totally different language to develop an application, deployment is a whole lot easier and it does all this without compromising on the custom web development needs of the...