What does “Responsive mean” and why should my website be “Responsive”?

Introduction

When hiring a web design company, there’s so much to think about, that’s because its not as simple as say purchasing a new desk for the office.

Nope, there’s so much more to think about, such as why do the web design quotes that you have been offered differ so much?

What does one company mean when they say the website will be Responsive, yet another agency offers this as an additional cost?

Well, if you want to find out what the term “Responsive” means when it comes to investing in a new website, you’ve most definitely come to the right place.

What does Responsive and Mobile Friendly mean?

So let’s say you hire a web designer, and they build a new CMS website for your business, and they call you into the web design agency to take a look at your new website, and you are very happy with the design.

It’s just later on you find that the website doesn’t work on smartphones or tablets, well t,his would be a big problem, right?

That’s because its widely thought that over 50% of all visitors to a company’s website come via a mobile device, so that’s a mobile phone or a tablet.

And making a website responsive means that the website should work on smartphones and tablets.

The website should therefore automatically resize to the size of the screen.

Mobile First Index

Here’s another really important reason why your website should be responsive, that’s because Google announced on March 2018 that they were starting to migrate websites over to the mobile first index.

So this means that it’s really important for SEO, for your business to have a responsive website.

Okay, but we may already have a  responsive website, so how can I test to see if it is responsive or not?

The most obvious way would be to see if the website loads on say a smartphone, having said that, you will want to make sure that the website loads not just on that smartphone, that runs on say Android, but you will want to make sure that it loads on all most smartphones, so what’s a good way of testing to see if your website is responsive or not?

Well, Google have built a really useful tool, it’s called the Mobile Friendly Testing Tool, and it offers a very quick and easy way of seeing if your website is mobile friendly, which some website designers call making the company’s website responsive.

It’s all well and good having a responsive website, but how fast is it?

Many websites are now responsive, that’s to say many WordPress as well also Joomla websites are responsive.

However, we would say its now an absolute must to make your website responsive, so the next thing the business should be doing is to see if the website is fast when loading onto say a smartphone.

You may have heard about AMP, which stands for accelerated mobile pages, and this basically means that the web developers will have built a website that’s light, and by that we mean it should load quickly on your smartphone.

A lot of SEO agencies, and web design company’s are saying that if a business can get their website to load fast, then there are SEO benefits that can come with this.

How we can help:

We are a web design business that’s based in Cardiff, we design high-quality websites, plus we can also offer white hat seo.

Best of all, we do not charge extra for making a website responsive, in matter of fact, all of the websites that we build are responsive.

So, if your business requires a high-quality website, then why not call us?