From mainframes in the 1960s to personal computers in the 1990s and the power-packing mobile devices of the 2000s, information tech is always on the march. Today’s phones and tablets can handle a lot of what PCs used to do – including accessing the web. If you run a site, you probably notice that often over 50% of traffic that is generated from mobile devices. So is your site responsive and mobile friendly?

Okay, what is responsive web design? It’s the approach in web design to make your site render and load well on a variety of typically narrower-screen devices, including smartphones, iPads, laptops, and desktop computers. Responsive web design takes into account menu, text and graphic sizes so that no matter what the device viewing your website, it loads cleanly, quickly, and is easy to use. Along with ease of use and helping potential customers find information, back in 2015, Google changed its search algorithm in their search engine to display responsive websites first in their search order. So if someone searches for info and your website is in the list and your site is not responsive, others could appear higher in the search ranking taking people away from your business.

So how do I move to or setup a responsive website?

There are many options, from hiring a web developer to using off-the-shelf content management systems that, with a little technical skill and learning, can let you do-it-yourself. Popular content management systems include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and many others. Most CMS’s can run on just about any hosting service. Other proprietary services – such as Wix.com, Squarespace.com and Weebly.com – let you create your own website by adding content and pictures using their predefined templates and settings. t

Adam Romanik is the owner of Computer Solutions for Less, an IT consulting business. Adam has over 15 years experience working in the both the IT industry, in libraries, and as an IT instructor. For more info, it’s Computersolutionsforless.com

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Adam Romanik
Adam Romanik
Adam Romanik is the owner of Computer Solutions for Less, an IT consulting business. Adam has over 15 years experience working in the both the IT industry and libraries and has worked as an adjunct instructor at several educational institutions. Adam earned both a Bachelors & Masters degree in Library Science from Clarion University, has earned 24 graduate credits towards a second masters degree in Information Systems and is an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer).

Adam Romanik is also the president and founder of the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association. He actively competes both on the International Gay Rodeo Association Circuit as well as locally in the mid-atlantic region.