Mobile Sites Vs Responsive Sites
Mobile site is a set of pages that are designed specifically for the mobile. A new domain is created for a mobile site – m.domainname.com Mobile sites use advanced technology and coding and do not need to be worked on for backward compatibility of old browsers. Mobile sites is a separate website and so if you already have an existing website, it would mean maintaining two websites. But coding for the mobile site is comparatively easy to work on as it is specifically for one type of platform. Mobile sites are more user friendly with a less loading time. All these features make them rank higher on Google mobile searches.
Responsive site is a set of pages designed for the desktop devices but has certain coding that enables it to adjust its display when accessed on a mobile. For a responsive site, the domain name does not have to be changed. The entire work is of backend coding. Designing a responsive site is a complex task as it requires the website to work on different versions of the desktop browser, old and new, as well as on the smartphones. Responsive sites need a lot of work in resizing and customizing the content for mobile platforms. This results in a lot of added coding which makes the website slow. Google prefers responsive website designs but this does not make Responsive sites rank higher than mobile sites on Google mobile searches.