Responsive websites and UX have been high in demand since 2013. The reason for it is quite simple: a lot of people search on their phones. Google has taken note and uses responsiveness as a way to rank their results on mobile searches. Here are ways to improve your UX and increase your website’s responsiveness.

Have a Plan

Set a budget that keeps the current needs of UX in mind. As websites grow in size, the responsiveness of the page can affect the speed. The plan should include a pre-determined limit for the speed when loading the page. As changes to images or pages come up you should check to make sure there’s room within your budget. This will keep you on track with the speed and functionality of your website. 

Optimize Your Images 

Higher-resolution images are gaining in popularity. To avoid an overloaded website, you can optimize your images to load correctly and quickly. Adaptive Images is a small PHP script that detects the screen size of the device and automatically resizes, caches and serves a scaled image of the image. The software also allows you to control the quality of your images.

Trim the Fat

Removing any unnecessary line breaks or white spaces helps to reduce the size of the file and increase their download speed and deleting any unnecessary elements on your website has the same effect. Although you may want to test out new things, if the new element isn’t vital or the user wouldn’t experience or understand the difference, it’s not necessary.

Invest in Good Hosting 

No matter how good your website may be, a lot of the performance comes down to the quality of the servers you’re using to host it. While there are many options available, a quick study of your competitors’ websites should allow you to see what works and what does not. You can plug their information into whoishostingthis.com to see which hosting provider they are using as well as the company’s service ratings.  

Other things that you can look into: minimize the number redirects and round trips, optimize JavaScript execution and rendering time and execution time and avoid externally blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold text. These are things that can be easily adjusted and make a very big difference in user experience and how Google will rank your website.