Are you mobile responsive? Er, mobile friendly? Mobile ready, even? Google wants to make sure you know.
Check out this mobile web site analyzer. Enter your domain name; view the verdict.
Mobile-responsive web design has been with us for a while. No mere trend. I started building sites with the flexible-width scheme in the early summer of 2013. That code & design sea change coincided with the shift to HTML5.
Mobile-responsive sites simply react to the screen size of the device being used to view the property. The easiest way to tell if a site qualifies is to grab the browser border and pull it in and out. You should the site rebuild itself a few ways — for desktop computer, tablet and mobile phone — with a blocky look at the smallest rendering. Try it now, on this site. Watch the sidebar at the right move down to the bottom about halfway through.
The narrowest site view doesn’t look so hot on a PC, but it’s a blessing if you’re hunkered down in some coffee dungeon, trying to read an article on your mobile.
Have you ever tapped on a Google Search result on your mobile phone, only to find yourself looking at a page where the text was too small, the links were tiny, and you had to scroll sideways to see all the content?
To help out squinting smartphone users (and perhaps to reward compliant web site owners), Google has been rolling out a “mobile friendly” tag for site listings in search results.