Google Recently Announced Two Resources to Help Webmasters Build Websites that are Compatible Across All Devices

It may happen sometimes that you are loading a page from your device and it shows nothing but a blank space or lacks a large portion of the page’s content. This a common problem for web users when websites you’re trying to load require browsing technologies that are not supported by your device. Starting today, Google will notify its webusers when its algorithms detect pages that are not compatible on their devices. For instance, Adobe Flash is not compatible across iOS devices or Android versions 4.1 and latest, and a website whose contents are mostly Flash may appear like this:

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Developing modern multi-device websites

Today, it’s very easy to design websites that are compatible across all modern devices websites can use HTML5 since it is universally supported, sometimes exclusively by all devices. To help webmasters design website that is compatible across all types of devices, Google has released two resources:

  • Web Starter Kit: a starter framework supporting the Web Fundamentals best practices out of the box.

By following the best practices described in Web Fundamentals you can create a responsive web design that is search-friendly too. Be sure not to block crawling of any search engine bots of the page assets (CSS, JavaScript, and images) using robots.txt or otherwise. Being able to access these external files fully helps our algorithms detect your site’s responsive web design configuration and treat it appropriately. You can use the Fetch and render as Google feature in Webmaster Tools to test how our indexing algorithms see your site.