Mobile friendliness is key to getting your website ranking in Google Mobile and for visitors to get the most out of your website no matter where they are.
In the digital era, it’s hard to see anyone without a mobile phone in their hands, either at home or on the go. Mobile phones have made it easy to Google whatever you need at the press of a button or the touch of a screen.
Changing the View from Desktop to Mobile
But what if your website isn’t exactly mobile friendly? Sure you have all the bells and whistles of modern web design on your desktop display, but what about your mobile display? Sadly, if you don’t approach mobile design as something equally as important as desktop design, you could be missing out on potential readers and customers.
Designing for Mobile in Mind
Now that you know why you want to be mobile friendly, you’ll need to know how to become mobile friendly.
Depending on the way your desktop site is developed, there are a few different ways to design a mobile friendly version.
If your site uses WordPress or similar platforms, there is a good chance your website’s theme has an option to enable a mobile friendly display to show mobile phone viewers, giving you the best responsive design for your money.
But if you don’t have this type of flexibility in your website’s theme, you’ll want to get a Web Developer to optimize your pages and make the design responsive. That’s something we can help you with at Bailey Creative!
Sidenote—If you’re wondering what “responsive design” is, it simply means that the browser can use the same HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) on every device, and pulls code from the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to change the content size depending on the device–meaning the design responds to your device! Responsive Web Design is one of the leading design techniques in the digital world today.
What is the Big Difference?
Some of the main differences between a website layout on a desktop and a mobile layout is in the navigation menus, text sizes, image sizes, and what areas of the screen can be clicked on. Take, for example, our current website as seen on a desktop display and on a mobile display.
While a lot of the design aspects remain the same, the mobile friendly version has three major changes: a little navigation tab at the top, images are resized to fit to mobile screen, and the text enlarges.
You may also wish to continue the same idea and create a tablet friendly version of the website. Just follow the same steps as you would take for a mobile friendly version.
The final component to becoming fully mobile friendly is the right SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which gets your page to rank atop Google searches.Check back next week, when we’ll be sharing tips for mobile friendliness and SEO!