Be responsive or be ignored by Google

Be responsive or be ignored by Google

Think mobile first when designing your website.

There’s nothing worse than viewing a poorly rendered website on a mobile device and struggling to read overlapping text with cluttered images that run off the page.

Mobile first means mobile responsive. A fully mobile-responsive website design should be a top priority in 2020 to ensure that your visitors have the same user experience across the board from a smartphone, desktop or a tablet.

(Article by Bridget O’Connor on www.business2community.com  16 January 2020)

Aside from potentially poor viewing aesthetics in mobile devices, it’s now imperative to have a mobile-responsive website in order to rank in Google. At 1 July 2019 Google announced that “all new websites previously unknown to Google Search” will be indexed using mobile-first indexing. In other words, Google now crawls and indexes your website based on how it renders on a mobile phone versus a desktop computer.

How Can I Test My Site? 
Here are 4 ways you can switch your website from desktop to mobile device view:

  1. Open your website and select anywhere on your page and right-click. You will see a list of options appear. Select the bottom option, ‘Inspect’.
    • Step 1: Click on the multi-device icon as seen below. This will reduce the size of your website.
    • Step 2. Select from the ‘Responsive’ drop down options to see how your website fares in a number of mobile device views.
  2. If you’re designing a WordPress site and using a page builder like Beaver Builder, you can select the module you’re working on and choose the mobile view from the Advanced tab to see how the site looks.
  3. WordPress has its own built-in mobile device preview option via Customize which is located in the admin panel. This comes in handy when you want to take a quick view of your mobile design.
  4. Free tools such as responsivedesignchecker will show how your site looks in different device options.

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