Considered to be a fad when introduced, Tablets are quickly replacing PCs and Tablet sales are likely to surpass PCs by 2015. Worldwide PC shipments are down 11 percent. So, as Peter Cashmore predicted, 2013 is the year responsive design has taken off and soared.
Responsive width means the layout adapts depending on the size of the device being used to view your site. When responsive width themes are viewed on mobiles sidebars appear below the posts in order to provide as much space as possible for reading.
If you have been following this blog you will be aware that I have been attempting to accommodate mobile and tablet users. To that end I have been trying out all free responsive width themes available at WordPress.com since they began to be introduced.
In this article I’m presenting memorable quotes from experts on responsive web design.
Pater Cashmore of Mashable in Why 2013 Is the Year of Responsive Web Design
Given the rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones — and the fact that users currently seem to prefer reading their news on the mobile web rather than in apps — I think it’s inevitable that 2013 will be the year that responsive design takes off.
Joshua Steimle of Forbes in Why Your Business Needs A Responsive Website Before 2014
The future is mobile, as we see people increasingly favoring their mobile devices over desktop computers. Nielsen says that over 60% of all mobile phone owners in the US use a smartphone. A recent study by Walker Sands Digital showed mobile traffic to its client base increasing by 171 since Q3 2011. Statista says that 5 billion people will use mobile phones by 2017. Making your website responsive is a small price to pay to reach all these people.
Jonathan Hassell of CIO in Why Responsive Web Design Is Here to Stay
From smartphones to mini-tablets to regular-size tablets, a significant and growing portion of Web consumption is happening on devices on the go. You and your developers can no longer assume that your sites are being used on a full-screen desktop PC and develop mobile sites as an afterthought.
Marcelo Ballve of Business Insider in Here’s Why Responsive Design Is The Most-Recommended Mobile Web Strategy, And Why It’s Not Perfect
Responsive designs is now the gold standard: This dominance was cemented in mid-2012 when Google recommended responsive design as the best strategy for smartphone-optimized websites. But it’s not perfect: As with most technologies in a multi-device world, it has disadvantages, and it’s not right for every business, or every application.
SEO and Responsive design
Matt Cutts of Google answers the question:
Does a site leveraging responsive design “lose” any SEO benefit compared to a more traditional m. site?
“Whenever you have a site that can work well for regular browsers on the desktop as well as mobile phones, there’s a couple completely valid ways to do it. One is called responsive design, and responsive design just means that the page works totally fine whether you access that URL with a desktop browser or whether you access that URL with a mobile browser. Things will rescale, you know, the page size will be taken into account, and everything works fine. Another way to do it is, depending on the user agent that’s coming, you could do a redirect so that a mobile phone – a mobile smartphone, for example – might get redirected to a mobile dot version of your page, and that’s totally fine as well.”
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