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In October 2014 we did an estimate of the proportion of websites that were mobile optimised in some way. Read about that in this post. A year has now passed so it would be interesting to see what’s changed. Firstly the percentage of browsing done on mobile devices has increased to 41.36% according to StatCounter. This is way up from 32.8% at the same time last year, an increase of 26.10% or about a quarter.

Next is the number of mobile optimised sites tabulated below. The results were calculated using the same meanpath queries that were used last year detailed in the 2014 results table.

Estimating of the number of mobile websites 2014 and 2015
Description 2014 2015
2014 # of Websites 2014 % of Websites 2015 # of Websites 2015 % of Websites % increase
Mobile Only Sites
sites with .mobi subdomain name 583500 0.50 423150 0.25 -49.57
sites with an m. subdomain 340631 0.29 625640 0.38 27.71
sites with a .mobile subdomain 329 0.00 1132 0.00 N/A
sites that use the jQuery Mobile library 94025 0.08 118095 0.07 -12.67
All mobile only sites 994337 0.86 1125275 0.68 -21.31
Responsive Sites
Sites with a media query 4570431 3.95 8490668 5.11 29.18
Sites where JavaScript is triggered by the screen resizing 1452167 1.26 2369523 1.42 13.46
Check for responsive JavaScript libraries 24802 0.02 61119 0.04 71.35
All responsive sites 5803160 5.02 10445187 6.28 25.15
Combined Responsive and Mobile Only Sites 6697401 5.79 11442326 6.88 18.80

Conclusions

The number of mobile optimised sites compared to last year is irrelevant, as meanpath has increased the total number of sites in it’s index. So in comparing to last years data we should only compare ‘% of sites’. The total proportion of sites optimised for mobile have increased from 5.8% to 6.9%, an increase of 18.80%. This increase has come entirely from responsive sites as the number of mobile only sites has actually decreased which is a good thing, because responsive sites tend to be easier to maintain and are better for SEO.

Generally it seems the web is not quite keeping up with the proliferation of mobile devices. There is still plenty of opportunity for businesses to get ahead of their competitors by providing a friendly mobile experience on their website.

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