Is Your Site Optimized for Mobile Devices? What To DO if Your Site is Not Mobile Ready…
As the popularity of mobile web browsers increases, whether it’s on an iPhone, Android or tablet, it is important that your site is mobile friendly.
Websites a few years ago DID NOT Come Standard to Work for Tablets OR Phones… it Takes Special Scripting to Make your site compatible and work Properly across different mobile platforms.
If Your Site is More than a Few Years Old, and Has NOT Been Updated for Mobile Devices, IT May Look All Messed UP When a Person Lands Onto Your Site Via Tablet or Phone.
There are many websites in cyberspace to this day that are not responsive to mobile devices, which means that these businesses are missing out on an opportunity to sell their product or service to the many people that are accessing their site from a wireless device.
Make Sure Your Site is Ready for Your Mobile Audience
It is said that mobile networks are available to more than 90% of the world’s population with some 150 countries offering, at the minimum, high-speed 3G service.
These Internet access patterns have massive implications for all kinds of businesses worldwide with the ability to contact consumers at the moment that they’re near you ready to buy what you have to offer.
Your site should have the proper HTML and CSS scripting that will recognize the type of device your visitors are using, whether they are using a laptop computer, a mobile phone or tablet, then display the site in the proper format.
What Does Your Site Look Like in a Mobile Device?
Take a look at a site that is not mobile ready… the following image are two screenshots of a blog post using the Apple iPhone platform, on a Mobile test site.
The following screen shots were taken from an online Mobile Testing site that you can find here: http://mobiletest.me/
Now, take a close look at the slider bar indicated by the yellow arrows.
On a mobile device the scroll bar won’t be so obvious, but the Mobile test site added this feature as an indicator that the information is not within the device window.
This means that you will need to move the screen back and forth for each and every sentence in order to read the information on the page.
Now, take a look at the same iPhone mobile testing device using this blog, JohnEEngle.com, which IS mobile compliant.
Having a Site Mobile Ready is called ‘Responsive Web Design’
You will notice that there is no scroll bar to move the information to the left or right, only a scroll bar to move the information up and down to read it like a book (all the information is within the window making it much easier to read).
Whether it’s the Nokia phone, which has a larger screen than the iPhone, or an Apple iPad tablet, the results will be the same, the information will adjust and fit within the window of any mobile device making it easier to read, compared to a site that is not mobile optimized.
Below is an screen shot of an iPad, from the mobile test site, which is showing the same blog post used for the iPhone image above.
The width of the larger version of the Apple iPad 1/2 image shown below is 768 pixels, which is more narrow than the standard computer screen, and you will notice that there is no slider bar showing.
It’s time to test your site using the online Mobile Testing tool: http://mobiletest.me/
Once you land on the site, select a device to get started then enter the website address you want tested.
This Mobile Testing platform will give you 6 different mobile device choices to choose from ranging from the smaller version Samsung Galaxy Y phone all the way up to the larger Apple iPad.
At any time you can switch between the 6 different mobile devices to include the Orientation of the testing device from Portrait to a Landscape view.
What if My Blog is Not Mobile Optimized?
If you have a static HTML site, you have your work cut out for you. You will need to hire a webmaster to create the scripting for you.
If you are a blogger like me using the WordPress platform, and you do not have a site that is mobile ready, your best bet is to purchase a WordPress Responsive Designed, mobile ready theme and upload it to your blog.
To make your existing WordPress theme mobile ready can be quite an momentous task that you may not want to invest in.
If you are not sure about which theme to choose, visit Google.com and type in “mobile responsive themes for wordpress” which will bring up a large list of websites offering mobile ready themes for WordPress.