What is a responsive website and why does it matter?

A responsive website is one that adjusts to different screen sizes, whether someone is viewing it on a phone, tablet or desktop pc.

How can you tell if your site is responsive?

Simple, either view it on a mobile phone or if you are looking at it on your computer, just drag the edge of the browser to make it narrower and watch how the site responds. If you find that the site stays the same but just get smaller you are not offering your users a good browsing experience as it is difficult to read the text. A good design will re-flow – the different elements will rearrange themselves so that the content is easy to read at different screen sizes.

Alternatively, visit Google and enter the URL (web address) of your site: https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly

This is important for a number of reasons:

  • Nowadays, more people browse the web using their phone than using a traditional pc.
  • Sites that are not responsive can be hard to read on smaller screens or can result in the user having to scroll sideways to view the full page content.
  • Google prioritises sites that offer a good mobile experience – this means you site will rank higher in search results.

How can we help?

All our sites are designed to be fully responsive as standard. Let us set you up a new modern website.

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When must the annual parish meeting be held

The annual parish meeting is not a parish council meeting. The months when the meeting must be held and the starting time of the meeting are defined by law.

The annual parish meeting must be held between 1st March and 1st June (inclusive). The date must be decided by the parish council – not by the chairman or clerk.

The annual parish meeting may not start before 6pm (LG 1972 s 14 (4)).