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Responsive Web Design - Web Design for All Devices

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If you missed Google's mobile-friendliness deadline, it is not too late to develop a Responsive Web Design (RWD) strategy to succeed.

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Why does my website look bad on smart devices?

Have you ever looked at your site on a mobile phone or tablet and thought “My site looks terrible on a phone but looks great on a desktop and lapto?”

The two most common reasons a web design looks bad on a smart device such as an iPhone or iPad is that your website is not responsive, or you do not have a mobile version of your site. The next question, naturally, is...

How to make your website compatible with both mobile phones and tablets?

You have two basic options: an entirely separate mobile-only version of your website or a single responsive website that works on all devices. We recommend reviewing our frequently asked questions and answers section to determine which option suits you best.

What if I missed Google's mobile-friendliness deadline?

First run a mobile-friendly test to analyze your URL and see if your site has a mobile-friendly design. If you have a Google Webmaster account, you should check your Mobile Usability report to help you identify current mobile website issues. If you have not yet seen a decline in your website traffic, you probably will soon.

Now take action and address the mobile compatibility of your site to make amends with Google. Just because you missed the mobile-friendly algorithm deadline does not mean you cannot simultaneously address the problem and recover or even improve.

Gulf Coast Website Design can assist you with a mobile friendly, responsive website. Contact us today, we can help you find a solution with our flexible design options.

Responsive Web Design (RWD)

Responsive websites respond to their environment. We want you to take into account; the concept, benefits, and disadvantages of RWD. We hope this list of popular questions and answers about Responsive Web Design give you the information you need to make the decision to update your existing website.

What is responsive web design?

Responsive website design (RWD) is the design approach to create a site; that adapts to the viewers' device; whether a desktop monitor, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. RWD deploys high-standard HTML5 and CSS media queries to resize, hide, or move the content to make it look good on any screen.

Is responsive design the same as a mobile design?

No, responsive design is not the same as mobile design. Mobile specific design necessitates the creation of an entirely new website or web application with content specifically created for the mobile experience. A mobile website is a whole new website that has a different website address (URL) whereas a responsive website design uses one URL for all devices.

The main disadvantage of a separate dedicated mobile website is the cost doubles in the long run as your company will need to maintain and update multiple two different front-end codebases.

Why do I need a responsive website?

Responsive web design is the present and future-proof. Without a responsive website, you run the risk of losing valuable traffic. Approximately one-third of your web traffic is viewed from a mobile device. The rising popularity and affordability of smart devices such as tablets and mobile phones have created a significant demand for websites that provide for an optimal viewing, reading and navigational experience on small displays.

View your Google Analytics! This free tool tells you about your web traffic. It can tell you how much traffic is coming to your site from mobile devices. Google Analytics helps you understand your site's mobile experience by comparing the bounce rate of mobile versus desktop traffic.

For the sake of your customers; it is a customer service issue. Customers expect a site to work well on their mobile devices. It is no longer a viable option to force your customers to pinch and zoom to read text or tap a link. A recent Google survey found that 72 percent of users say it is important to them that websites are mobile-friendly.

Now take action and address the mobile compatibility of your site to make amends with Google. Just because you missed the mobile-friendly algorithm deadline does not mean you cannot simultaneously address the problem and recover or even improve.

What are other benefits of responsive websites?

A responsive design saves time and money. It is costlier in both time and money to maintain two websites: one for desktop and another for mobile users.

Another benefit of responsive design is the decrease in bounce back (click back) rate. Approximately 1 in 4 mobile visitors leaves a website not optimized for a mobile device. Users like simplicity, accessibility, and usability, so a responsive site offers higher conversion rates.

Are responsive websites search engine optimization friendly?

Yes, the main reason is your site only has one URL (web address) therefore, you do not have to promote two websites.

Responsive web design is Search Engine Optimization SEO friendly because it helps combat high bounce rates. If your site is not mobile-friendly, it probably has a high bounce rate. Google interprets a high bounce rate as a sign your site is not offering relevant content to your users which usually leads to a drop in rankings.

Are there any drawbacks to a responsive website?

Yes, responsive design is not perfect. Some disadvantages include: slower loading time, call to action buttons may be hard to click on, and some older versions of web browsers do not support the technology.

Is there a way of checking whether a website is responsive or not?

Yes, a quick way to test for responsiveness is to open the website in your desktop browser window and resize the window. If the layout of the site changes, you have a responsive website.Check your site for free, with the responsive testing tool, located below. There are also tools such Google's Mobile-Friendly Test that will analyze a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design.

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