Today’s digital experience includes different websites that are all designed to serve different purposes and different audiences. With such a strong movement towards mobile marketing and site access, many are asking the question—should I build a mobile dedicated website? So let’s start with the basics. Which type of sites serve what purpose:
As they sound, they are entirely distinct from the full site and typically have a separate web address from the main site. The features (or content) of these sites are usually a “light” version of the main website. They are not responsive sites per se, which typically contain the same content and functionality for mobile and desktop, but rearrange these features on mobile.
These are not real applications; they are actually websites that only look and feel like true applications.
This platform uses a development technique that detects the device and dynamically adjusts the layout of a site.
It seems the reason people do not like mobile dedicated websites is that they often exclude content and functionality that some mobile users will miss. Responsive sites can support a variety of devices and screen sizes with a single execution. Additionally, responsive sites were easier to find with a search engine. But today, search engines have figured out how to find mobile dedicated websites.AND... responsive sites can sometimes be, slower, more expensive to develop, and occasionally fail on complex tasks.
All of these design types—mobile-dedicated, responsive, or adaptive—may work for you depending on your needs. Naturally, all of them have advantages and disadvantages. Typically the mobile user does not detect the difference. While the actual execution may be world’s apart in content and usability, the responsive, adaptive, or mobile-dedicated sites must follow rigorous QA procedures and mobile usability guidelines before they are deployed.
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