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How do you know if your website is responsive? Meaning that it can be viewed optimally in all devices from smartphone to tablet to desktop. While there are many ways to do this, here are two free, quick, and easy ways that you can do yourself.

The first way is by using your desktop browser. With it, you will mimic a desktop, tablet, and smartphone by resizing the browser window. First, while you are in a near full-size window (image 1) resize your window to about half your screen size in a landscape shape (image 2.) This approximates a tablet. Did your web page adjust where you can view all of it without horizontal scrolling? Yes? Great. Next resize it again even smaller to the shape of a smartphone in a portrait view (image 3.) Again, can you view your web pages without horizontal scrolling? Again yes? Excellent. You have just tested and confirmed that your website is responsive and mobile friendly.

The second and more official way is by letting Google test your website. Go to Google’s Mobile Friendly Test page, and type or paste your website URL into the text box to analyze it. Is it responsive? Yes. Excellent.

What if your website is not responsive? I suggest that you make it a top priority to correct it ASAP. Why? What are the main sources of Google search traffic? Mobile devices.  In 2014, searches on mobile exceeded those on desktops. People in the U.S.A search on smartphones for local information 94% of the time. Also, Google is penalizing websites that are not mobile-friendly. But most importantly of all is giving your audience the best viewing experiences of your website regardless of the devices they use.

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