Do You Have a Mobile Friendly Website?
Why Do We Love Mobile So Much?
While I spend much of my day on my desktop, I use my mobile devices at night or on the weekends when I’m with my family. It keeps me connected to my digital world and my commitments to our customers and our staff. It keeps me mobile and it allows me to zip out on a Friday afternoon to have ice cream, because I know I’m still able to manage my responsibilities.
Interesting Mobile Trends
- One-third of cell owners (33%) say that their phone is a smartphone (Source: Pew Research Center)
- In a 2013 retailer survey 29% of retailers said more than 20% of their traffic was coming from the mobile web or mobile apps (Source: Marketing Land)
- U.S. mobile Web use has doubled since 2009 (Source: CNN)
- Smartphones and tablets have nearly doubled the time we’re online in the past 3 years (Source: comScore)
- 25% of all smartphone owners do most of their online browsing on their mobile phone (Source: Pew Research Center)
Are You Considering Creating a Mobile Friendly Website?
Responsive web design allows website developers to best utilize the available screen real estate on desktop and mobile devices. The website adapts in layout without removing massive amounts of web content.
What was once considered a costly expenditure is now part of the standard website design project. Businesses no longer have to create two independent websites or pay to support two websites. They can develop one website that simply adapts to accommodate the smaller footprint of mobile devices.
Benefits of Using Responsive Design
- Captures more mobile traffic
- Captures higher ranking and more search traffic for local terms and phrases
- Improves overall bounce rates because it cuts down on mobile user frustration
- Avoids duplicate content that can result from managing two websites
- Increases online sales (yes people really do buy products off of mobile devices)
- Cheaper than developing separate websites for desktop and mobile usage
- Saves development time because you create only one website
- Provides a consistent user experience across devices (as opposed two multiple websites that look and act differently)
Responsive Design According to Google
- “Google recommends webmasters follow the industry best practice of using responsive web design, namely serving the same HTML for all devices and using only CSS media queries to decide the rendering on each device.”
- Responsive web design “keeps your desktop and mobile content on a single URL, which is easier for your users to interact with, share, and link to and for Google’s algorithms to assign the indexing properties to your content.”
- “Google can discover your content more efficiently as we wouldn’t need to crawl a page with the different Googlebot user agents to retrieve and index all the content.”