If you tend to regularly familiarise yourself with what is going on in the web design world, then chances are that you are already familiar with responsive web design. Responsive web design is, as its name suggests, a web design that is responsive to the different screen sizes and other factors of different devices through which the website is viewed. However, though the rising use of devices like smartphones and tablet computers for Internet usage might hint at many great benefits of responsive web design, otherwise commonly known as RWD, for many website owners, it should still not necessarily be made a priority for every single website. So, how can you tell if it should be for yours?
Check your website’s statistics
It would be common sense that, if your website is most commonly viewed through devices with smaller screens than desktop and laptop computers, like smartphones and tablet computers, then your website could benefit much more from an RWD than a website that is mainly viewed through more traditional means. You can see profiles of the types of devices that are being used to access your website by looking at relevant statistics generated for your website by highly-esteemed statistics service Google Analytics.
Consider your own expectations
However, one problem with such statistics is that they would only demonstrate how your website has so far been viewed, rather than also how your website is likely to be viewed in the future. Hence, you should think carefully about how your website might be viewed in future by members of your target audience. Are such people likely to, for example, initially view your website through smartphones while on the go before later accessing it through desktop or laptop computers at their homes?