Should we, as web designers, be offering clients responsiveness to websites as an optional extra which they can pay for, included as part of every website or as a package in itself (i.e static site, cms site, responsive site).
As it stands I have not been charging clients for making their websites responsive but am not sure if I am at a loss by doing so?
If it takes you more time then you should be charging for it. If you are doing it for free for a few clients then make them aware of it, and use those sites in your portfolio to sell responsive sites to new clients.
Not sure if I agree with that – in some cases a whole separate mobile site would be more appropriate – should that be at no extra charge too? Anything that takes more time should cost more.
If you were charging £1000 for a website before you started doing responsive, you should keep that rate for non-responsive. I don’t think you should start spending more time for the same amount of money just because of a new web development trend.
calling responsive web design a trend makes it sound as if its something thats a passing design fad, simply its not, a few years back you could have gotten away with a static sized site how ever most likely you’d have built your design around either the common average desktop resolution or some lower common resolution and as resolutions only tended to get bigger, you’d be safe. But then mobile devices came along and basically threw the rules out the window. Not catering for mobile devices these days is kinda like deciding to ignore the design quirks one of the major 5 browser’s.
As for a mobile site vs responsive design, responsive wins out because a) you don’t have to maintain and update two sites b) some of the big player’s have come down on the side of preference of responsive design.
Having said that, responsive design does take more time than simply a static site, far more testing tweaking and lateral thinking, idealy it should be part of your standard package it should be the norm for designers to consider mobile devices now just look at how many smart phones you see when you walk down the street or look at brwoser statstics. But its going to take some time for that to completely sink in across the community and ofcourse its going to cost a bit more, my opinion is that it should be part of your standard sales pitch but give the client an opt out rather than an opt in, and explain to them the advantages of having a responsive freindly site.
@AndyHowells but do you charge by time? because if you are then you are charging for it. @ToxicFire – there are situations where a separate mobile site is more appropriate – if you’re a listener of shoptalkshow then Chris explains this quite well.
I’d guarantee you that more than 90% of new site builds are still not responsive, so I don’t think it’s the norm yet.
Personally, I like to create responsive designs but doing work for less money to give the client a responsive design seems like poor business sense to me. So a website that maybe took you 14 days work non responsive now might take 16 responsive – would that be the same price?