image of tausif akram By: Amby
6 Feb 2015

Is Your Website Really Mobile Responsive?

RWD, or responsive web design as it is more commonly called, is an approach to designing websites that focuses on crafting a finished product capable of producing the best possible experience for users, regardless of the device they use. This means that users will benefit from simple navigation, ideal resizing, smooth scrolling and easy reading whether they’re visiting a website from their mobile or their laptop.

There are a number of fantastic websites online today that work brilliantly on a laptop or computer screen, but as soon as they are opened in mobile devices, those websites begin to lose visitors due to a poorly optimized landing page. Even Google is more favorable towards websites that support a responsive design, meaning the more responsive your page is, the higher you are likely to be in search results.

Consider all Devices

Your websites should appear the same way on multiple devices, which means that your website should automatically adjust for the best possible view. Google algorithms define mobile-friendly websites as an essential part of all website management, and today it’s important for websites to reach as many people as possible. According to the definition given by Google Developers, mobile websites can be broken down into three separate factors:

  • Dynamics: Google recommends that web developers use the “vary HTTP” in their header for different HTML configurations. This means that if you would like to use a hidden URL, this method will help search engines to discover your website.
  • Responsiveness: The URL should utilize the same CSS and HTML configurations on any platform, which is the setup preferred by Google.
  • Separate mobile site or redirect: When users are directed towards a different URL, your web developer should be able to set up a bi-directional annotation to show the relationship between the other URL and your domain.

The easiest way to redesign your website is to use a responsive design. If you’re using WordPress as your CMS, there are a number of great responsive templates available to you that should help you to organize your website quickly. Remember, just because your website is classed as “mobile” does not mean it is necessarily responsive. If you’re not sure whether your website is responsive, all you need to do is load it onto your computer and check on your smartphone to see how it is being viewed by your visitors.

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