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?
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?
Yes & no regarding the hourly vs fixed price. It totally depends on the client.
Sure hours factor in to any development project, but we charge on a value basis rather than on a set number of hours so responsive design doesn’t necessarily have an impact on pricing.
Responsive design has come about due to the current landscape of web accessible devices. Once we had had desktops, now there are a plethora of devices that can access out content each with their own display type.
Back in 1974 houses in my home town were built exactly the same way they were built everywhere else in Australia. On Christmas day that year a devastating cyclone swept through and destroyed most of those houses. After that day people realised that to survive in this landscape the way houses were built had to change drastically. All of sudden houses required more planning, deeper foundations, architects had to spend more time on ensuring structural integrity would be maintained in the various conditions… and all of this ensured that the cost of building a house went up along with it.
The builders were still building houses, but the houses were just built better. It was a new standard of building houses that didn’t exist before.
It’s up to everyone how they charge for the services they provide. Someone said to me a long time ago “You’ll never make any money charging what it costs you to do something, charge what it’s worth to your client”.
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