The web is an ever-changing platform and it would not be good to be left behind. Recently, Google announced that another major change in their search algorithm is forthcoming. Part of this is what the web industry is calling “Mobilegeddon” – the search engine will be penalizing websites that are not optimized for mobile devices in mobile searches. As announced, the update will take effect starting April 21, 2015.
While some are in panic with this announcement, others are not surprised. Google has always stated that their goal is to provide users with the most relevant and usable content. Today, a huge percentage of internet users do it on mobile devices, with mobile internet use actually exceeding its desktop counterpart. It only follows that Google will be giving importance to a site’s mobile-friendliness.
Those with responsive web design (RWD) sites are prepared for this. RWD is a web design method that allows a website to respond to the screen size of the device where it is viewed on. So, whether a user is viewing the site from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, the site will be optimized for use and viewing. For those who don’t have a responsive website yet, it’s time to make the shift. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that RWD is now a must.