Mobile-Friendly vs. Mobile-Responsive

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Do you know how to tell the difference between if someone is being friendly or they are being responsive? Most of us learn at an early age what is friendly versus responsive. For example, when I was walking down the hallway as my mom tutored students after the school day ended, i would say hello to the principal or superintendent if they said hello to me. I knew that I was being friendly, but I was not necessarily responding to anything they said or did. On the other hand, if I ran into a former favorite teacher of mine as I walked the hallway, I would stop what I was doing, go into their classroom, and visit with them. We would ask questions, share conversation, and go beyond the usual small talk. While you may know the difference between being friendly and being responsive in your every day, it can be a little harder to determine the difference between a mobile-friendly site and a mobile-responsive site.


A mobile-responsive site is much more likely to get consistent views, and oddly enough, it is also more friendly for the user! Mobile responsive websites adjust font size, picture, and layout. You will not get three columns you have to scroll horizontally to see. Instead, there is likely a single column that fits the size of your cellphone screen. The pictures and text are optimized for your viewing on a smaller screen. A mobile-friendly website does not change based on the device from which you are accessing the website. It is accessible via your phone or tablet, but it is not the best viewing experience. Mobile responsive sites are ranked higher than mobile friendly sites, and Google ranks SEO based on mobile versions of sites rather than the desktop. It is vital for your SEO ranking that your website have a mobile version of the site that is responsive and easy to access.


If you do not have a mobile-responsive version of your website, contact Your Web Pro today! We are happy to help you get your site to where it needs to be in order to do well in SEO and provide a nice viewing experience for mobile visitors.