What Is A Mobile-Friendly Website/Blog ?
Just like the name, a mobile-friendly website/blog is a site developed, optimized and designed for mobile users.
On the most fundamental level, mobile users wants content that’s easy to view.
If your text and pictures are too tiny, they’ll always grow frustrated and leave increasing bounce rate – so appropriately-sized contents and images are vital.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to create a mobile friendly site. Smartphones and tablets come in many different sizes and screen resolutions, so format that will display perfectly on every devices seems to be different.
It is also a good thing today that current website templates and themes are moving into a scaling format where they can quickly adjust to the device(s) they’re displaying on.
Why Being Mobile Friendly Is So Essential
Well, the number of users that are accessing the net through some sort of mobile device is increasing consistently while the number of desktop/pc users are heading the opposite direction.
You could be possibly losing out on half or more of your potential visitors if you don’t have a mobile friendly site. So having a mobile friendly site is essential.
If you’re still trying to figure out how to make your website more friendly for mobile devices, don’t worry and just ride along with us till we reach the long awaited destination.
How To Know If You Have A Mobile Friendly Website/Blog
Checking if your site is mobile friendly now is very easy. Thanks to the grand masters of online arena “GOOGLE”. Google developers made a tool to check if your site is mobile friendly.
>>>>>>>>> You can check yours by clicking on this text>>>>> GOOGLE MOBILE FRIENDLY TOOL TEST.
Why Use This Tool
GOOGLE MOBILE FRIENDLY TOOL TEST will analyze your entire site immediately giving you a feedback as regards to if your site is mobile friendly. Below is a screenshot of mine :
Google mobile friendly test tool gives accurate results of mobile friendly sites. So check yours now.
What If You Encountered Error In Loading Issues or page partially loaded When Testing For Mobile Friendly Site
Worry not much because it is as a result of the robots.txt blocking the crawlers or Google bot from accessing some of your pages or places in your site as seen below :
So it’s not a big issue. Your the robots.txt is doing its work.
What If The Result You Got Was “Your Site Is Not Mobile Friendly
Here brings us to the topic at hand: How To Create A Mobile Friendly Website/Blog
Below are some tips to guide and help you to make/create a mobile friendly site :
1. Use Media Queries:
Media in this context is the content which you’re delivering to a user.
Media queries allow you to ask a device what size it is and then direct the browser to display things following the set of CSS that you have set.
Media queries plays a key part of most mobile friendly sites, but you’ll need to make sure that the system is properly/neatly configured for all device(s) currently in use, not just the two or three most popular.
2. Use Frameworks like: Bootstrap
There are so many frameworks if am not mistaken out there that you could use for free such as Skeleton, Foundation 3 or TukTuk. One of the more popular of all framework is Twitter’s Bootstrap.
Bootstrap as we know is a front-end framework for your site designed to quickly and automatically scale your web page to any device(s). Using a pre-built system is much easier than trying to code yourself and it’s much less of a headache too.
However, you will need to check any framework you’re using for full compatibility with your existing website. The more functions and custom coding your site has, the more difficult it may to ensure everything works properly on a mobile device. Don’t be afraid to call an expert or a good programmer if you really need the help.
3. Don’t Disable the Submit Button or Some Buttons On Your Site
Mobile devices are so popular but not all are reliable and this can be a headache for users who click a ‘Submit’ button only to have their connection drop out immediately and see the button disable itself that they can’t try again. Trying to prevent repeated submissions is an admirable aim but the realities of mobile connection mean it’s not good to prevent them in this way.
4. Use a Responsive Theme
Responsive themes such as those from Somothemes, Soratemplates, themeforest etc makes it easier to ensure a high-quality display for all users. This is something that many overlook when they’re trying to be mobile friendly and it is bad because what your users experience is far more important than how easy something is to code.
Of course, responsive themes are more outstanding for casual sites that don’t need a whole lot of customization in order to succeed.
5. Use Percentages
Long ago, most people thought about pictures in-terms of pixel(s) but the widely different resolutions on mobile devices mean that having a single size for images is an inherently bad idea.
Instead, configure things like images to have a certain specific width on the page,typically 100% unless you have a anyother reason to do otherwise. This helps to provide a nice viewing experience on different devices and make sure that each image offers as much impact as possible.
6. Focus on A Simple Design
Another way mobile users differ from desktop users is their preference for simple site design. This is a practical matter. Things that are so complicated and large will all become slow on a mobile devices and one of their major and main demands is instant/quick delivery of the content they want.
Simple designs makes it easy to keep their attention on your contents
Java is not/never a flawless system but it is widely used together with CSS and image files, making it one of the pillar of a responsive and mobile-friendly site.
Your main aim here is trying to make your website universally compatible. It should display on any device that people would care to view it on. The more specialized your site is, the less likely your site will be compatible everywhere.
8. Optimize Image Sizes
When you’re dealing with mobile devices, create images that have the smallest possible size. This is because the bandwidth of mobile devices are much smaller compared to that of desktop’s (pc) and causes longer loading time.
So if you need your users to download a 2MB jpeg file and all they can see is a thumbnail-sized image, they’re going to be frustrated and leave your site. Remember increasing bounce rate.
NOTE: Mobile friendliness isn’t just about having a nice site design, it’s about improving your user’s experience and the load times they go through. Shrinking the file sizes helps load the page faster and likewise contributes to a positive image of your site.
For WordPress users, get a Wp Smush and bloggers, resize your images and get quality images.
9. Don’t Use Flash
Note that mobile devices do not support Flash. The motive for this are less important than the reality. If your site still rely on Flash, then bear in mind it’s not going to display properly on any mobile device.
Flash is an obsolete technology & nobody loves Flash even on desktop. Even if you think you need Flash, there other technology that replaces Flash. So to be safe and smart, never use Flash.
Switch to a compatible technology like HTML instead.
10. Use Standard/Simple Fonts
Custom and creative fonts can help a website look nice but mobile users don’t want to be downloading new fonts to their phone always.
Fortunately, most of devices today comes with a wide variety of fonts installed inside while others go ahead rooting their devices so as to make it font compatible and then choose from it when designing sites. There’s one more thing to have in mind, though some fonts are easier or harder to read at different sizes, so be sure you check the readability of your font before you’re done with updates on your site
Hey😮!! What are you waiting for ?
TEST-RUN YOUR SITE NOW to check for its mobile friendliness and then carry out the above steps if not friendly.
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