If you’re a business owner in the Atlanta area with a website that was designed two or three years ago or even longer, you may be wondering whether you can simply convert current website to responsive design, making it function and display properly on mobile devices. The short answer? Yes, technically, it can be done. However, it may not be the best idea.
In order to convert a website that was designed for desktops to one that is responsive for mobile devices, your website essentially has to be rebuilt completely from the ground up. Chances are when your website was designed or built originally, the code and code structure required to make the site responsive to iPads, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices didn’t exist.
While your current website could be converted, it may not work well. You could probably keep your website’s appearance the same, and have the underlying code rewritten so that your site performs on more devices, but this still doesn’t alleviate potential problems. For instance, small screens may not adapt well to your current design, simply because it wasn’t originally created with that use in mind. If you have a lot of “stuff” on your website, it becomes even more difficult. You will have to make tough decisions about what’s most important in terms of information and content. Smaller screens can only display so much, and making your existing website responsive won’t resolve the issues you’re having.
Responsive website design is still a relatively new concept, and in today’s Internet-crazy world, technology changes constantly. Even if your website is fairly new, you could be behind times! What to do?
- Forget about responsive design and just ignore mobile visitors – NOT recommended!
- Fork out the money and upgrade to a responsive website design. While the most costly initially, you will see a great ROI – the best solution for the long-term.
- Have a separate site for mobile users. Google really prefers that businesses serve up the same content to website and mobile visitors, however adding a separate mobile solution is one option. If you do decide to have a separate site for mobile designed, be sure all of your content is accessible and learn about any potential downfalls first.
At EBB Web Design, our Atlanta website design professionals are always on top of it when it comes to responsive web design and the latest changes in technology. Give our team of experts a call today!Google+