Updated: Sep 21
More and more people are viewing websites on different devices: desktop, laptop, tablet or ipad, smartphones, and smartwatches. When your website is a responsive web design, it means that your website is optimized so that it will adapt to the size of any screen it is being viewed on.
In 2015, Google introduced recommendations relating to responsive web design and began acknowledging websites that were fully optimized for mobile platforms. Shortly afterwards, Google implemented mobile-first indexing which started migrating sites that followed best practice in mobile indexing. This is important for search engine optimization because Mobile-first indexing ranks and indexes from the mobile version of your website as opposed to only the desktop version.
Then in 2018, Google announced that they were migrating sites that followed diligently the best practices of mobile-first indexing. This meant that Google now “crawls,” indexes and ranks the mobile version of your website. Now it is more important than ever that you have a responsive website design that can be viewed on all devices.
Google requires responsive website design with the following features:
Text that is at a readable size without the need for zooming
Content which fits a device’s screen, without the need for horizontal scrolling
Links and buttons which are adequately spaced out so that tapping on any device is not difficult
Reasonable load times for pages
The benefits of responsive website design also affect your business:
Your website will be easy to navigate on all screen sizes which provides an optimal experience for users
Users can read and navigate with minimum resizing and scrolling
Increase a consistent user experience which increases the potential for users to stay on your website
Text and images adapt to fit the different screen sizes
Users are more likely to return to your website in the future
Responsiveness helps your site load faster which boosts your ranking and decreases your website’s bounce rate
More traffic to your site brings better lead generation, added conversions and increases sales for your business
Increased visibility in search engines
SEO analytics, tracking, and reporting are all in one place
Stay ahead of the competition in your industry
More economical – you don’t have to buy 2 websites: 1 designed for desktop; 1 designed for mobile devices and less time-consuming – you don’t have to maintain 2 websites.
One more thing to keep in mind: Google drives 96% of mobile search traffic and recommends responsive design as a best practice. This helps increase visibility on search engines, which means more visitors to your website.
Let Us Work With You on Your Responsive Web Design
If you are looking to either build a brand new website or refresh your current website with an overhaul redesign that incorporates a responsive web design, our team at Dynamic Website Design & Marketing can help. Get in touch to find out how we can help with the design of your website.