Good question, Andrea! I'm sure you will get some good suggestions from the members in our community.
Why don't you tell us a bit more about the focus/theme of the website you are thinking of creating? That might give others some direction so they will have some idea of how to suggest website ideas.
We struggled with the same issues a few years ago when it was still new technology. Our site uses WordPress and all of our themes (templates) are responsive. Some companies use GoDaddy for their quick and dirty web sites and I have found that most are not responsive.
There are many good designers available, but at a price. We chose to use a platform and framework in WP that has never giver us any problems.
Here is a detailed explanation from wiki:
Hi Andrea, MarketUS has given you a great starting point on responsive web design that will help answer some of your basic questions. We also recommend that you download and read our helpful guide Guide: Successfully Marketing Your Growing Business. Written by our experts on the SBC team, it will cover all areas of how you can get the most out of your advertising dollar, website and grow you business.
Please let us know if you find this guide helpful! In the meantime, feel free to browse our forums to find other past discussions regarding making the most of your website, and responsive web designs.
Best of luck to you!
Step 1 - Hire someone.
I'm not trying to be rude but there are far too many ways to list here.
And yes, mobile search is surpassing desktop and is becoming mandatory for the majority of businesses.
You can use Weebly. It's free. And, you have the ability to add in your title tags, SEO, keywords, description, format a color scheme, use your own photos, have a blog, ecommerce section, etc.
You may view my site as an example: GadboisConsulting.com
I would fess up the few extra bucks and get the Pro version instead of the "free" site. ;-)
My professional recommendation is that you do NOT use GoDaddy website services.
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I was researching this same thing because Google sent me a notification in webmaster tools about this issue. Evidently, they've sent out thousands of emails telling website owners if there site is not 'responsive-friendly'. Here's a blog post about the notifications: http://www.majux.com/2015/01/google-fix-mobile-usability-issues-now-else/
I was doing some research and basically came to the conclusion that a responsive Wordpress theme was the easiest way to go. Most people in other sites that I looked at said to hire someone to do it.
It is probably really good timing to take your site responsive if Google thinks it is an important enough issue to email everyone about.
With mobile devices becoming dominate over desktops in searches for many types of businesses, it's imperative to know if you're one of those businesses or you're going to lose a ton of business.
Think about restaurants, locksmiths and taxi's for just a few glaring examples. Analytics prove that people search for restaurants FAR more on mobile devices than do on desktops.
If you're a locksmith or taxi company, the only thing you REALLY need on your mobile site is a great big 'Tap to Call' phone number, front and center. Of course, you'd probably want some other information, but usually, when someone is looking for a locksmith or a taxi, they want it NOW and aren't going to do much in the way of research or shopping. Just tap the phone number link and get someone to me now!
What a lot of business owners don't understand is that just because they can SEE their website on a mobile device, doesn't mean it's mobile optimized. If it's not properly mobile optimized, it'll be very hard to read and navigate. It won't take more than a couple of seconds before the user clicks to a competitors site.
Enjoy your day,
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Great discussion everyone! Keep those tips coming, there is a lot of great advice in this thread.