What Is Responsive Web Design?

Multiple devices display the same website in the proper format for the device.

While some web design strategies come and go, there are a handful that revolutionize the game and elevate the standards of greatness. Responsive web design is one of them. This is something that used to be the “next biggest trend,” but it has now become a staple of modern website builds.

If you’re not familiar with it, you’ll want to get familiar. A responsive design can improve the experience users have on your site by a TON, while modernizing the look, feel, and function of your “virtual office.”

What Makes a Website “Responsive”

When we talk about “responsive web design,” we’re talking about designing websites that recognize the device a site is being viewed on and deliver a compatible user experience. So, when potential clients view your website on a phone, they automatically see a mobile-friendly version of your site. If they pull up your site on a desktop or laptop, they will see the more traditional version of your site.

And responsive design goes deeper than just how your website looks to users. Responsive designs take into account screen size, screen orientation, input methods (like clicks, taps, and swipes), screen resolution, privacy settings, and more. Each person that visits your website automatically gets an experience that’s customized to the type of mobile device they’re using.

How cool is that?

Before responsive web design was a “thing,” you’d have to essentially create a different copy of your website for every device on the market, and then you’d have to add new versions every time a new device came out. With the current prevalence of mobile devices, it would be impossible to keep up!

It was extra horrible for tablet users because tablets typically fall somewhere in between laptops and smartphones. Users accessing your site on a larger tablet usually want a more traditional website experience, while users on smaller tablets usually want a more mobile-optimized experience. It was a nightmare for tablet users to get a good experience when browsing! Now, responsive designs have resolved all that.  

So, that should give you an idea of why responsive design has become the industry standard—and a mobile marketing must-have. Now, let’s talk about why it really matters to you.   

What Makes a Responsive Website Matter to Lawyers and Doctors

Everything about your website should support your goal of bringing in new cases and clients or patients—so the user experience on your website is key. Trying to navigate a traditional website with a smartphone is very difficult. It usually involves a lot of zooming in, scrolling around, and frustration, which most modern web users aren’t going to put up with. If it’s tough to even minimally read and navigate your website, it doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in your ability to provide a great experience in person. It also makes it a lot easier to give up, click away, and visit your competitors’ websites, instead.

In a service-focused business, like doctoring or lawyering, this is HUGE.

And the truth is that even Google prefers responsive websites! A responsive design makes it easier for search engines to index and apply their algorithms to your website. Plus, the device-optimized experience is great for the search-engine users that Google wants to keep happy. The outcome is that, overall, responsive websites rank higher than sites using the old “separate mobile site” model, and they are crawled more efficiently by search engines.

In short, what we’re saying is that responsive web design can improve both your search rankings AND the user experience for your leads and contacts.

You can’t beat that benefit combo!  

How to Get a Mobile-Responsive Website for Your Practice

It’s no longer a trend; it’s the standard. If your website isn’t seamlessly responsive to mobile devices, you’re probably already losing leads.

A responsive website design shows potential clients and referral sources that you’re sensitive to the needs of all the users who find you—and it builds confidence that they’ll have the same great experience when they call your office or meet with you about a legal matter. 

Ready to embrace a mobile-responsive website design? Want to automatically give people what they want without having to think about it? Schedule a design consultation with our award-winning team, or call us at 888.886.0939. Let’s start building a website that works hard for your practice and your visitors.

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