In my previous article, I wrote about Google’s announcement for the changes in their search algorithm from 21st April 2015 and why businesses need a responsive website. You have less than a month to make your website responsive, but how can you find out if you need to update your website and how can you be sure if you existing website is responsive or not?
Here you go, these are the 4 simple ways to find that out.
1. Google Mobile Friendly Test
Use Google’s own Mobile Friendly Test to find out how Googlebot views your website pages. Simply enter a web page URL and hit “Analyze”. You will get straight forward results whether it is mobile-friendly or not. If your website is not, then “PageSpeed Insights” will show you what is wrong on your website and what needs to be fixed.
2. Resizing Internet Browser
This is one of the easiest method, just open your website in any browser and change the size of your window. If content and layout of your website changes automatically according to the changes in your browser window size then your website is responsive.
You can also use a ResizeMyBrowser website. It gives you different size options to choose from. Your browser window will resize automatically as per your selection and then you can open your website in that window and check its layout and content.
3. Online Tools
There are so many online tools available to check the responsiveness of any website. I have tried number of tools and I find these to be simple and easy to use.
ResponsiveDesignChecker: This website has various options to choose from different monitor sizes, tablets and smartphones. Enter your website, hit the “Go” button and select any device from available options. It will show you what your website would look like on different screen sizes.
IsResponsive: This website has different smartphone and tablet display screens in portrait and landscape mode. Enter your website, hit the “Check” button and it will show your website in different smartphones and tablet screens.
4. Family, Friends and Co-Workers
This is an odd option but can be very effective. You can ask your family members, friends and co-workers to check your website on the different devices they may have. You will get feedback about the responsiveness of your website but they may also give you valuable recommendations for any future changes or updates.
I have visited some great websites but also came across some terrible ones as well. A responsive website guarantees great visitor experience in different devices which can convert into more visitors, lead generation and increased sales.
I believe only 10-20% of websites are responsive. Have you updated your website to comply with mobile devices and Google’s new search engine algorithm?
I would love to know which methods you have used out of these four to check the responsiveness of your website and which one(s) you liked the most. Also please let me know if you know of or have used any other method.
Looking forward to see your comments.
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