Although responsive design is growing at a fast rate, it’s not quite as popular as some sites claim – yet. While we’re excited about the enthusiasm that’s surrounding responsive design, we want to make sure that new reports and information are accurate.
We’re alluding specifically to a recent Google Webmasters poll. If we were to believe this poll, which Google never labeled as scientific, then 82% of websites would use responsive design.
If 82% seems way too high to you, then you’re right. That’s not to say that figure is impossible to achieve, but we’re clearly not there yet. Moreover, there’s already enough proof that responsive design is becoming more popular by the day. There’s no need to stretch those numbers.
According to a recent Marketing Land article, for example, responsive design isn’t as possible as Google’s survey suggests, but it’s rapidly catching up to websites with separate URLs:
“The good news for responsive is that, although adoption in practice isn’t nearly as high as Google’s unscientific survey would suggest, responsive sites are growing quickly, to the point where they are now catching up with separate URLs as the dominant mobile site configuration method.”
Having separate URLs is an alternative to using responsive design. The point is that one URL is for desktops and the other is for smartphones and tablets. This idea is pretty old school, however, and it’s losing ground quickly to responsive design.
The reason we’re writing about this is because responsive design gained a lot of attention in 2014. There are several articles written about it every day, but there’s no guarantee that each one is accurate.
There are, on the other hand, several reliable resources out there if you’d like to learn more about responsive design. We recommend spending your time on those rather than on unscientific surveys.
To talk more about responsive design, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.