According to to StatCounter, which tracks statistics on over 2 million websites globally, the most popular desktop screen resolutions in the U.S. in 2018 were as follows.
Desktop Screen Resolution
Percentage Market Share
Now, you’ll notice the shares above do not equal 100%. Well that’s because mobile phone use continues to increase…
Desktop Vs Mobile Vs Tablet
Percentage Market Share
Of course, all of these numbers vary widely by demographic. For example, a retail restaurant will typically serve more mobile visitors than a heavy e-commerce site. Last year, I conducted a Site Audit for a data-driven website for scientists where 98% of visitors used desktop computers to access the information. Obviously, their Return On Investment for a mobile-responsive site upgrade would be minimal.
Kristi Galante owns and operates a pilates and yoga studio in Gig Harbor. Her old website was powered by the LiveEdit Platform – a CMS that offers integration with many third party services, including MindBodyOnline, a popular studio service.
When we opened the studio in October 2014, we anticipated high client interaction with the website (registration for classes, payments, etc.). We found that potential clients are attracted to the studio by the design of the website, but prefer to do most of their scheduling and transactions in person. LiveEdit offered integration with MindBody, but client logins were often problematic, and we saw little need to continue paying for the API at LiveEdit when the MindBody consumer mode works well for the small number of clients who continue to schedule and pay online. Plus, MindBody has continue development of their mobile app, and more clients are booking through their mobile devices.
From the beginning the template-based design at LiveEdit was cumbersome. Design elements were not flexible, and it was not easy to simply go in and change calls-to-action or pictures. Mobile responsiveness was not satisfactory, and we grew increasingly frustrated with LiveEdit’s technical support. The service was no longer worth the monthly fee, and we decided to upgrade our hosting plan with A2 to handle both of our websites.
The old site suffered from some performance problems. Overall page size was 1.3 Mb, below the 2016 industry median page size of 1.9 Mb, but well above Google’s recommended benchmark of 500 Kb. Additionally, performance testing via Google PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom, and WebPageTest showed the site loading in the bottom 65% tier of sites.
New WordPress Site
Old LiveEdit Site
Google Mobile Speed:
Google Desktop Speed
88 faster than 82% of tested sites
76 slower than 64% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index
Web Page Size
Web Server Requests
Average web page size in 2017 = ~2.1 Mb WebPageTest median Speed Index = 4,493; top 10% = < 1,388
Contributing to the performance lag were images not optimized for the web, slow server response, and the lack of header expirations.
Now we have a design that is portable, flexible, easy to update, and cost-efficient to maintain.
This web redesign project for EFESTĒ winery involved migrating site content from a static, fixed width WordPress site and a separate mobile responsive blog into a single, cohesive mobile responsive Theme.
The new site features font icons for improved page load speed; an improved, branded event calendar; and online forms for tour and charitable donation requests.
Thanks for a successful launch! Nancy Croisier, CSW, Marketing Manager
The new website homepage loads in the top 15% tier of tested sites, with a 658 Kb page size – above Google’s recommended 300 Kb maximum, but well below the 2015 industry average of ~1.95 Mb. This means the site works better for mobile visitors, and has an improved chance of conversions.
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Ladies Musical Club of Seattle worked with us to redesign their static ‘fixed width’ website into a mobile responsive Content Management System (powered by WordPress – the most popular open source CMS in the world).
The new site features rich, custom photography and videography; and a public concert event calendar. Volunteers can now add and edit content, including events.
So exciting! A huge thanks to you and David for the beautiful layout, design, your knowledge and patience while guiding us through! … There is more work ahead, more to learn, but let’s take a big breath and delight in this huge milestone! Wow, just wow! Claudia McCormick-Kester, Vice President of Communications
The new site also loads among the top 10% of tested sites.