What is responsive website design?
Responsive web designs are a system used to guarantee that a site shows up precisely on a mixture of distinct gadgets. As such, your site knows when it is being shown on a mobile phone or device (e.g. an iPhone, iPad or Android device) and consequently reverts automatically to touch friendly functionality.
There are two main reasons:
The people who use your site are visiting at different times from different devices, in different locations. For example if someone visits your site whilst they are sat at a bus stop in Burnley, chances are they will need web design which is mobile friendly. It makes sense that you can guarantee that your site looks its best and works perfectly, whilst being shown on all types of device, be it a PC, tablet or the latest smart phone. Google recently produced a report on the basic pattern of “multi-screen purchasing” and the significance of your site being viewed effectively on all screen sizes.
The main outcome was that Google will rank you higher! Google realises that near to 50% of the people who use their site are on mobile devices and mainly smart phones. It makes sense that these users would be hoping to see websites that are mobile friendly when trying to navigate the website. Thus it is to Google’s greatest advantage to downgrade ineffective an non-responsive websites and promote those which are easy to use.
Is my WordPress site responsive? How do I tell?
Straightforward, load it up on any smart phone or tablet device. Does it look simply like it does on a computer, but all squashed down and difficult to navigate? If this is the case then your site is not responsive, nor is it mobile friendly. However, if your site is showing up differently than the desktop form and is anything but difficult to explore on any type of touch screen, you have yourself a fully responsive site!
Another test is to use Chrome or Firefox and dragging the window to see if the website changes. When you resize the screen down to the width of a smart phone or tablet you ought to see your responsive site change over into the new responsive layout immediatley. Give it a go on this site and see for yourself.