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Responsive Design More Mobile Friendly Than m.


When Google created the second search engine for mobile sites back in 2012, you could edge ahead of competitors with a mobile friendly design.

Back then, created a mobile site on a subdomain (usually m.) of your main site to help you get found by visitors on cell phones and tablets.

  • No squished sites.
  • Tap-to-call buttons.

But times change…

Now you must be mobile friendly.

And m. is no longer best practices.

Current best practice is to have a responsive design without a separate mobile site on a subdomain:

  • If using WordPress, select a site that is responsive and that the developers update.
  • If you prefer an html site, html and css code is needed to make it responsive. (I’m playing with an html site I’ve had up for years that I don’t want to redesign and will let you know how it goes.)

In April 2015, Google started giving a ranking edge to mobile-friendly sites. Google provides a mobile friendly test for your site and offers suggestions to improve it.

The decline of m. and the rise of responsive means this site now has a lot of redirects since the m. sample designs are no longer relevant. In other words, a complete site redesign.

  • Minus side…lost 201 results.
  • Plus side…my server’s a lot lighter.
  • I’ll add to this as I go along

Now to rethink what else I’ll put here…