written by owen on 2013-Oct-23.
Mobile responsive websites are only good for people on iphones
Why do you need a responsive website for mobile users when most of the people who are using the website are already on a computer and probably cannot afford a smartphone. And to make matters worse, why make a mobile responsive website for a smartphone that is powerful enough to display a full website perfectly? I tried to load up the website on a blackberry curve os5 and it showed up as a blank white page. Back in 2007 Steve Jobs brought a full webpage to mobile devices, he called it a revolution to bring the "real internet" to a cellphone.
Now imagine, visiting a website and using internet explorer 6 and because the developer decided to jazz up his website, you end up with a blank page. What do you do then? cry or upgrade your browser? Of course you are going to complain that the website is not working. Even if you read the message that says "your browser sucks", no message or instruction is going to make you feel any better about the website. The user will NOT say; "hey, my web browser sucks, I am sorry that I am using this browser, and wish I was hip and smart enough to use another browser". What the user will actually say is "hey, this website sucks, I thought this was a fancy new website! why is it empty and why won't the links work? All the other websites work just fine".
Making hundreds of little pages is not always the best route
Now I understand the advantages of reducing latency, but at same time you have to realize that if 2 million people hit your web server 5 times per page and download 76 files - your server might crash; even before the users start to do any work. There is no need to have AJAX on a login page - just make a regular page. The registration page is 3 screens plus the login screen all on one webpage. Why would you need to load both these forms all at the same time? The cool switch transition between them is nice, but why should I click between them constantly?
The web has limits
Some would look at facebook/google and think that you can do anything on the internet; that the internet is an infinite resource like the sun or space or nuclear energy. The fact is, it is not. It is insane to launch a website to an entire population of practically 312 million people in one day and expect it to not die under the weight. I cannot even imagine how they tested a web interface to accommodate so many people of varying age groups and backgrounds; It is madness.
Pretty UX designs only impress technical people
Common users of the internet just want simplicity. Maybe also a button that says "login", "submit" or "save" and some links to information. They do not want an icon that looks like a magnifying glass that pops out of a hidden panel with a text box and some options, the less options you have the better. That "clicked" state on a button with rounded corner is only going to consume another 100k of the limited memory that the user has on their computer; its pointless. The pre-registration icon image on the first page of the website is 770 kb. It is almost as if the designer wanted to ensure that no one would complain about the compression artifacts in his images.