Do you know the Importance of a Mobile Responsive Website?

One of the most important things you should be aware of is “Is my Website Mobile Responsive?”

What do I mean by Mobile Responsive?

Wikipedia defines Mobile Responsive as:

an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a broad range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

Let me clarify a bit more:

making sure that your website is easily readable and navigational on mobile devices without causing the reader any discomfort in resizing, scrolling, and searching.

Is your Website Mobile Responsive?

Recently, I have stumbled upon too many blogs that are not mobile responsive. Being I work full-time, I try to squeeze my blog reading and commenting on when I’m walking around my office or on a break.

  • To find an article that I’m very anxious to read but cannot because the content is cut off on my mobile phone is very annoying. This should not be happening.
  • To find an article that you can read and you’d like to contribute by leaving a comment, yet you cannot because there is a popup or a banner in the way and you cannot move it.
  • To find an article that is an awesome read, you were able to leave a comment and now you would like to pass it along to your Social Media, However, you cannot because the Website does not have Mobile Responsive Social Media Sharing Buttons.

These are a few of the issues I run into when I’m mobile. It is annoying and can be very frustrating for a reader.

When was the last time you checked your Website on Mobile?

It’s imperative that we look at our Websites not only on the Web but on Mobile devices. Think about this, if a potential Client cannot read your Available Services on your website via mobile, do you think they will take the time to go on a laptop or desktop to read it?

Chances are, No. They will continue their search on mobile to find someone who can provide them the services they are seeking.

There are many ways you can make your Website Mobile Responsive.

  • WordPress Plugins (Jetpack, WP Touch Mobile, WordPress Mobile Pack, and More)
  • Mobile Responsive Themes (Genesis Framework by Studiopress) {Affiliate} | Restored 316 Designs {Afffiliate}
  • Using Media Queries (Manual Coding)
  • Use Squarespace (I hear their upgrade is fully Mobile Responsive)
  • Google or Bing “Making a Mobile Responsive Website” or something similar and you’ll find many other ways.

Not only should your Website be Mobile Responsive, so should your Website Header and Social Sharing Buttons.

Mobile Responsive Social Sharing Buttons

Here are a few good plugins that one could use for WordPress to ensure your Sharing buttons will show up on mobile devices:

Mobile Responsive Header

Again, if you’re a WordPress user, I highly recommend you use Genesis Framework  for your website. There is an awesome plugin called Genesis Simple Hooks that I highly recommend you take a peek at. This is where I quickly make my Header Image Mobile Responsive. A simple little code and it’s done!

Do you see the importance of making sure your Website is Mobile Responsive?

There are millions of people in our world that use mobile devices. To think that you are not reaching potential Clients or traffic due to a non-mobile responsive site should make you cringe! It does me.

Another thing I’d like to stress to you is TEST, TEST, TEST! 

So, what are you waiting for? Have you checked your website yet? Does it pass my tests? If not, what steps will you take to make your website Mobile Responsive?

Do you have any other helpful tips for our readers?

Do you need help? Just ask and I can help you.

I’d love to hear from you.

 

33 thoughts on “Do you know the Importance of a Mobile Responsive Website?

  1. Hi Brenda,

    Great article. You have shared some excellent points which help bloggers a lot. A mobile responsive site is a must nowadays. It is very important that our site should be mobile-friendly. You’re so right when you say that’s annoying when you try to share a good post, but can’t!.
    Thanks for sharing this. Have a great week ahead. 🙂

    1. Hi Mansi and thank you.

      I know, because I use my mobile so often, that there have been many blogs with worthy content but I was (1) unable to share it due to no share buttons, or (2) I was unable to comment because of popups in the way or other obstacles. I feel it’s essential that everyone has a mobile responsive site and tools available for their readers and potential customers.

      I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great week ahead!

      Brenda

  2. Hi Brenda

    It is no secret that mobile responsive is the trend of the Internet. I see some blogs who aren’t mobile friendly and I wonder if they understand what they are missing out.

    You have listed some tools that will help in making a site responsive especially the Genesis framework which is known to achieve such goal with ease.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    1. Hi Ikechi,

      Oh you are so right! What are some bloggers thinking? Genesis Framework has been a God send for me. I can’t believe how awful my themes were prior to it. I’m glad you find my tools useful and thank you for stopping by and adding to the convo.

      Brenda

  3. Hi Brenda,

    Google takes mobile responsivness as a major factor in ranking a website so if a website isn’t mobile responsive then that’s a big loss.

    I use a free theme and so far my blog is mobile friendly but I’ll be upgrading to a Genesis framework theme soonest.

    Thanks for sharing this useful post with us.

    Have a great day

    1. Hi Kore,

      Oh yes, we can’t anger Google now, can we. 🙂

      Genesis framework is super fabulous. I can’t talk highly enough about it. I know you’ll love it when you take the jump. Good luck!

      Brenda

  4. Hi Brenda,

    You have shared some excellent points which help bloggers a lot.

    Mobile responsive websites are the biggest demand of modern era, because one can not lose our traffic which comes from Mobile devices. If can can safe our websites or blogs from google animals in shape of different algos, then we must follow above mentioned tips for the betterment of of any website or blog.

    Thanks for fantastic share once again.

    Regards

    Mairaj

    1. Hi Mairaj,

      Thank you for sharing with us today. I can tell that you are one who takes a mobile responsive site seriously. I really don’t think it matter what the analytics say about mobile visitors. if we have a service or a product, we need to make it accessible to everyone.

      Hope you are having a great week!

      Brenda

  5. Hi Brenda,

    It is so important that your website is mobile friendly these days. Google will even penalize you for it if yours is not mobile friendly.

    I access websites from my smart phone and tablet alot, and I know I get frustrated if I go to a site that is not mobile friendly. I will just move on.

    I will have agree with Adrienne on her one. Point. In looking at my analytics, a big majority of my traffic comes form desktop pcs, but thats no excuse for not having a mobile friendly site.

    You mentioned the Genesis Framework. This is one of the easiest ways to make your site mobile friendly I think. I know some people use plugins to make their site mobile responsive, but I don’t think that looks as good.

    Thanks for sharing this with us and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and a Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Hi Rob,

      I’m glad to hear you mention your analytics. I get about 50/50 but even if I did have less mobile visitors, I need to remember this. A lot of people read via mobile and may go back later to comment and share. I prefer to have my sites accessible to everyone so they don’t feel the frustration that I do from some sites.

      As I know you love your Genesis Framework, so do I and will recommend it to everyone. There are so many other goodies packed into a Genesis theme that so many are not aware of. Instead, they add plugin after plugin to achieve the same results.

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with us. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

      Brenda

  6. Hi Brenda,

    You have shared some excellent points which help bloggers a lot.

    Mobile responsive websites are the biggest demand of modern era, because one can not lose our traffic which comes from Mobile devices. If can can safe our websites or blogs from google animals in shape of different algos, then we must follow above mentioned tips for the betterment of of any website or blog.

    Thanks for fantastic share once again.

    Regards

    Mairaj

  7. Hi Bren,

    I remember when Google mentioned this a while ago…to have our blogs mobile ready. Yes..I went to panic mode lol. I never tinker in the back office of my blog.

    Thankfully I do have my blog designer and host do it all for me. When I contacted them, the only thing I had to change was the social share buttons because they were covering the content. So they did it for me. Phew…

    -Donna

    1. Hi Donna! Happy Thanksgiving!

      I’m happy you have someone doing all that nasty backend stuff for ya. At times, it can be pretty nuts. Your site is very clean and user-friendly. Glad you listened to Google!

      Wishing you and David a fabulous day! Thanks as always, for sharing with us!

      Brenda

  8. Hey Brenda,

    Mine is thanks to a trusty handy plugin I have but I’m still looking into upgrading my theme. Just haven’t had time to work on it but I do have one at least.

    The numbers that people say vary because when you look at MY stats it’s not anywhere near 45% of mobile users who visit my blog. So I think people have to look at their own analytics but you’re right. There are more people today accessing our sites using their mobile devices than ever before. I still don’t access anyone’s blog using my phone. I hate it, I literally hate it even if they do have theirs set up correctly. I just don’t like reading anything on that small of a screen, period. It’s just not enjoyable to me.

    Whether I like it or not doesn’t matter though, it’s what everyone else is doing so we either make it easy for them if they chose to use their devices or take that chance of loosing them altogether. We’re fixing to head into 2016 so people need to get on the ball with this one now.

    Thanks for bringing this up and you have a wonderful week. Happy Thanksgiving!

    ~Adrienne

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Are you thinking of going with Genesis Framework or another Mobile Responsive theme? I can’t wait to see when you do it. I’m sure it will be great.

      I can see what you mean about accessing blogs via mobile, however, I don’t have that option during my work day. If I want to make as many rounds as I can, mobile is my only choice at this moment.

      I’m glad to see you embracing it though. Sadly, some business folks still haven’t taken the plunge. I don’t understand why when there are so many resources to do it and many folks, like myself, that can help one through the process. I’d like to see how many of the sites I see now that are mobiles responsive become responsive in 2016. I think I’ll personally congratulate them! 😉

      I appreciate you taking time to share with us, Adrienne. Very much appreciated. Have a great Thanksgiving!

      Brenda

  9. Hi brenda

    A great advice. It is very important that our site should be mobile-friendly. Recently only I faced this problem while trying to place a banner on my blog.

    Thanks for sharing so much information.

    Have a nice day!

    1. Hi Sonal,

      Were you able to fix your banner? I’m glad to see you are aware of being mobile responsive and taking steps to make sure your site is.

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Have a fabulous day!

      Brenda

  10. Hi Brenda,

    I couldn’t agree more, responsive is an absolute must!!!! Nearly 40% of my traffic comes from a smartphone. Last year I flipped mine and the results have been amazing.

    However, I was having a problem with YouTube videos. They are not responsive and it was slightly blowing up the responsive.

    I found a way to solve that problem and for your readers here is a simple solution.

    In the CSS add the following code where you’re content is at:

    .video-wrapper {
    width: 640px;
    max-width: 100%;
    margin-left: auto ;
    margin-right: auto ;
    }
    .video-container {
    position: relative;
    padding-bottom: 56.25%;
    padding-top: 5px; height: 0; overflow: hidden;

    }
    .video-container iframe,
    .video-container object,
    .video-container embed {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    margin-left: auto ;
    margin-right: auto ;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;
    }

    Now, whenever you post your YouTube video don’t just use their embed option. Use this instead:

    Where the code … is past the link to the video and ta da…. your video is now responsive.

    Hope that helps anyone that was having the problems I was having. It took hours for me to find that solution.

    Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving Brenda!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Hi Don,

      Thank you so much for this valuable information for YouTube videos! I’m sure some will be happy to see this and start utilizing it right away! Do you think YouTube will ever get it together and fix the issue on their end? One can only hope, right?

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with us, Don. Wishing you and your family a very Festive Thanksgiving!

      Brenda

  11. Hey Brenda,

    Great post here.

    I know when Google had that update, many people were panicking because their site wasn’t mobile friendly. Fortunately for me, I use Genesis and my theme was mobile friendly so I wasn’t affected .

    But I plan to do a site redesign in the future so I need to make sure that is a priority.

    And checking my site on my mobile and tablet and those things is a routine before I publish a new post. And will continue one when I redesign.

    Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew! Happy Monday!

      That is one of the MANY great things about using Genesis Framework. Some people are scared of it but me? I love it!

      I’m glad that you take Mobile Responsive seriously and want to continue keeping your readers reading across all platforms. Very admirable!

      I hope you are having a great start to your week! As always, I appreciate you stopping by to share your thoughts with us.

      Brenda

  12. Hi Bren,

    Having a mobile responsive website is a must-have. Unfortunately, mobile sharing buttons are often missing or not working properly. You’re so right when you say that’s annoying when you try to share a good post, but can’t! With all the smartphones getting bigger and bigger, people use them more and more to surf the net. So, it’s crucial to have a mobile site that’s optimal.

    Thanks for sharing these useful tips, gf! Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

    1. Hi Nataly,

      I’m happy you enjoyed my post. Do you run into many blogs that aren’t responsive? I almost feel as though I should be letting these bloggers know when I have issues but feel they probably wouldn’t care. I have told a few bloggers about issues and the response has been “It’s fine”. You can’t help those that don’t want to change or fix their sites, right?

      By at least writing an article about it and passing it along, hopefully, it will reach a few of those who really need to work on their sites and they will correct it.

      I hope you’re having a nice weekend. Thanks for sharing with us.

      Brenda

  13. This is honestly the first thing I look for when buying a new theme.
    I also test it out immediately. Mobile is pretty important these days, and around 1 billion people more will have access to the internet soon.

    1. Hello Pav,

      It’s good that is one of your requirements when researching themes. Kudos to you! More and more people are on the go and rely on their cell phones and tablets for accessing the virtual world. It’s up to us to make sure our sites are accessible to them as well.

      I appreciate your comment.

      Brenda

  14. These are some excellent points Brenda!

    Are you definitely right on the money, when you advice us that at least 50% of
    our traffic is viewing both and site(s) and email messages on some type of
    mobile device.

    So we absolutely have to stay on top of this issue or our audience will quickly move on!

    And I couldn’t agree more, far too webmasters are totally dropping ball in this area! Great post!Thanks for
    sharing it!

    1. Hi Mark and Thank You.

      I am still surprised at how many sites are mobile responsive. Or there are sites that don’t have sharing buttons or email subscriptions. I guess not everyone double checks their sites for mobile. I want as many people as possible to be able to read my content, comment easily, and share if they’d like. I would hope others want the same thing.

      I appreciate your comment, Mark. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

      Brenda

  15. As always, great advice gf. A mobile responsive site is a must nowadays. Thanks for sharing the resources to make a site mobile responsive and for the social sharing buttons we should use. I’m going to have to change mine…I use simple social share and it’s not on your list :).

    Thanks for the great info! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    Cori

    1. Hi Cori,

      I’m surprised by those “bigger bloggers” that actually don’t have a mobile responsive site. Amazes me because it’s fairly easy to do, unless you are dead set on not changing your theme. There are still ways around it though. Have you checked your site on mobile to see if your Simple Social Share works?

      Brenda

  16. You are so right. I don’t even give websites if it’s not mobile responsive. With everyone being on their phones these days it’s a must. I am going to put this in my Workday Wed info for next week for others to read.

    1. Hi Kita,

      Are you still running into blogs that aren’t mobile responsive? I run into at least 3 a day. Unbelievable. Thank you for adding this post to your Workday Wednesday. I hope your readers will find it useful!

      Brenda

  17. Hi Brenda,

    You have brought an interesting topic here.

    Bloggers should build a website which is mobile friendly. I like the idea of adding the mobile friendly header. Many web designers try to optimize the website for mobile.

    Nowadays people use mobile phones more and search for their need. It is necessary to provide them a mobile friendly website so that they can get what they want.

    Thanks for the post.
    Enjoy your day.
    ~Ravi

    1. Hi Ravi,

      I don’t think some bloggers realize their sites aren’t mobile responsive until someone tells them. But even then, they may not believe you. I think you are right in saying we must provide them with a mobile friendly site. I think it’s very important to make sure all aspects of our sites work via mobile as well.

      I hope you are enjoying your Friday. As always, I appreciate your comment and shares. Wishing you a fabulous weekend ahead!

      Brenda

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