Responsive websites are designed to fit the screen of whichever device is viewing the site. This means the website looks good on a computer, a tablet, and on mobile. You don’t have to constantly zoom in and out, words and pictures aren’t cut off at the edge of the screen, etc. Not only that, but the website also looks good on your phone with a normal text size as well as your mom’s phone with words as big as your arm. I mean seriously, could those words be any bigger? You’re not that old, mom.
There are examples of the Rokusek site (this site) with responsive and without responsive. If you’re viewing this on a computer, the examples are probably to the right of this text. If you’re viewing this on a phone, the examples are probably at the bottom of the page. Notice how on the mobile version without responsive, the text is all cut off and images don’t fit.
If you’re not interested in statistics, here is the cliff notes version: it’s 2020 and your website needs to be responsive.
Anyway, on to the statistics.
Are responsive sites that important?
Let’s look at some statistics from StatCounter Global Stats, arguably the industry standard for internet-related metrics.
In August 2020, mobile devices accounted for 51.33% of web traffic. Desktops (computers) accounted for 45.89%, and tablets came in at 2.78%. There is a strong chance that over half of the visitors to your website last month came from a phone.
For reference, in August 2015 mobile was 39.18%, desktop was 55.22% and tablet was 5.6%.
Here’s a graph. Click the graph for a fancier graph you can play around with.