Should all websites be responsive?

The next season of the Boagworld Podcast is going to debate the major issues surrounding web design. The first subject is responsive design and we need your opinion.

Responsive design has taken the web design world by storm and many clients are now insisting that their sites be made responsive. However, is responsive design always the right solution and should all sites be made responsive?

The new season of the Boagworld Podcast that starts in September is going to tackle the biggest issues surrounding web design in a series called “The Great Debate”.

We are going to use the debating format that you may remember from school. Each week we will have a statement proposed by ‘the house’ that you can either support or reject. For example our statement relating to responsive design is:

This house proposes that all new websites should be built to be responsive.

Like this post, all future debates will be released ahead of the podcast so it can be discussed in the comments. Of course, like all debates, you cannot answer “it depends.” There will be no sitting on the fence! You have to pick a side.

So what side of the fence are you going to pick on responsive design? What are the pros and cons of making every site responsive? Post your thoughts in the comments now. The best comments will be featured in the show.

Post your comments

  • richarddale

    I definitely think mobile sites have their place. Many of the sites I built prior to RWD, static sites that view great on desktop and tablet. Its only when you get down to smart phone size that things start to break down. For many of these sites a mobile specific site would probably work better than a RWD site where I could be more focused and target the medium specifically.

    I did a RWD e-commerce website recently and although the end results were good, trying to get the shopping basket working and looking correct whilst being responsive was a nightmare and I couldn’t help but think that a mobile specific site would have been a better solution. When I browse the web using my iPad Air I never visit a fix width website and think this is a poor user experience why don’t they have a RWD site. I ony ever think this when on my iPhone.

  • sanedevil

    I am not a web designer, but have a team that is building one for me. So in trad way, I have to have a “web designer” design the site in Photoshop which is then handed to “web developer” to generate code.

    You can imagine there are several problems w this – time, costs, rework, code doesn’t do what the design shows etc.

    I hit upon your blog while thinking if there are tools that would eliminate the design-to-code step

    I very much agree w the house and would love to know the process and tools to help achieve this.

  • David R

    The simple answer is yes, a website must be responsive and also Google is focusing more on responsive websites, a static design
    web development firm still works OK in most cases when you have separate mobile friendly website.