It used to be that designing websites involved picking a resolution you thought was the most popular, and then designing around that resolution. Those times have changed with the introduction of smartphones, laptops, tablets, and even phablets. There are hundreds of different screen sizes out there so choosing one to code for wouldn’t make sense. That’s where responsive website design comes in. Using “media queries”, you can code websites that automatically adjust depending on the visitors screen size.
Although this has become commonplace, it’s still amazing that a large portion of websites is still not mobile friendly. You may have thought that getting away with it was easy but think again. Google now prioritizes mobile-optimized websites (aka a responsive website) in search results that are performed on mobile devices. With over half of all website visits coming from a mobile device, make sure you’re not cutting your exposure in half.
This may be the push that you needed to finally get your website redone and not all is bad as you may see your website rising the ranks on Google search results as a consequence of a new website.
Additional Tips for Responsive Website Design
If you are no longer in contact with your web developer, the main things you need to know is as follows.
- A website requires a domain name which is the address people enter to visit your website. This is usually done with a registrar and you should have the login information for that.
- Your website also needs a host that will store all of your files for you. The better the host, the faster your website loads, and the less downtime you will experience. Most hosts these days guarantee a 99.99% uptime (the 0.01% covers their butt in case your website should go down). The host doesn’t always have to be the same as the registrar so make sure you have the login for that as well.
If you’ve forgotten your account information for your registrar or host, simply contact them to find out this information so that your developer will have an easier time setting things up for you.
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