If you are running an eCommerce store by now shire you experienced a significant increase in the amount of traffic you are receiving from mobile devices. It seems everyone has a tablet or a smartphone. More and more, people are choosing to make purchasing decisions from their mobile devices, making the need for a mobile-friendly eCommerce store that much more important. Of all the open-source eCommerce solutions, Magento seems to be the most popular. With the structure in place of giving way to responsive web design, it is important to understand the benefits, capabilities, and other considerations to be aware of.
Why Responsive Design?
The main purpose to choose responsive web design for your Magento store design has to do with usability, accessibility, and user experience. A well-done mobile-optimized website can also maintain a store’s brand identity and consistency for users who may bookmark the site from their mobile device so they return on their desktop or laptop computers.
As far as usability, a responsively designed store will preserve all of its features, even if those features are rearranged to fit on a screen. Navigation remains intact, the checkout process is nearly identical, and images will show across each device.
Responsive sites also tend to be faster on mobile devices and rank higher in search engines than sites not designed to be responsive or with a mobile dedicated version.
All of this leads to more return visits, a more professional appearance and lower shopping cart abandonment rates.
A Magento store designed to be responsive should have all of the same capabilities as any other site with a responsive theme. It will have one set of code, will not have to call different functions for a mobile device, and will simply rearrange certain elements around the page to fit the screen size.
The one drawback is that for those on smartphones, they will likely have to scroll much farther down the page to navigate to different sections of the site. This should have no impact on finding related products, as those are typically listed directly above or below product descriptions.
Not that long ago Google and Bing announced that all websites with a mobile-friendly design will have a better chance of ranking higher than sites lacking a mobile-friendly design. Since search engine traffic is essential, it is a good idea to optimize sites in order to give them the best chance to rank well.
Finally, a responsive site is simpler to maintain than a mobile site. While it may be a bit more expensive in the initial setup process than a site designed only for computer monitors, it is more economical than allocation development resources to develop both desktop and mobile dedicated sites. It is also a long term investment when considering all the benefits and the potential for lost revenue by not having a responsively designed site.
At this point, there is a no better option to take advantage of the boom in mobile traffic than responsive web design. As technology evolves, sites will get faster and easier to use. It makes sense to be on the front end of this trend.