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Google changes and mobile websites

As many of you are already aware, Google has released an update to their rankings that will use mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal in mobile searches starting April 21, 2015. You can read more about the update here: 

http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html

Q. How does this impact Homestead customers?

A. By default, our websites are not mobile friendly so mobile rankings could be impacted. The true impact of the change will not be known until Google applies the update on April 21st. We do partner with DudaMoblie who will create a mobile version of your site that will be considered mobile friendly. Through our partnership DudaMobile we offer a free option(with some ads) and a paid option, depending upon your needs. You can sign up for a DudaMobile account through your Homestead account. You can see how by clicking the link below.
https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how_can_i_make_my_website_mobile_friendly

Q. Does my website need to be responsive?

A. No, Google has explicitly stated that the requirement is that the site be mobile friendly. Dudamobile fulfills this requirement and will maintain your ranking on mobile searches.

Q. Can I tell if the mobile site is setup correctly?

A. Yes, Google has a tool for testing if your site is mobile friendly. https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ If your Dudamobile site does not show as mobile friendly, there may need to be something tweaked on the site. Dudamobile support will be able to assist you in this case.

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