How To Make Your Website Mobile Friendly
How can you tell if your website is mobile friendly? Luckily, Google has a quick answer to this question. Test any website or page here, just type in your URL and Google will do the rest.
How to Check If Your Website is Responsive Design
Here are two easy tricks to check if your website’s design is responsive:
- Bring up the site on your desktop computer. Go to one of the corners of the site and drag that corner diagonally to the middle of the screen. If you see the elements of the website start to “stack” on top of each other, then it’s likely a responsive design website.
But, there’s an even easier way to do this with one of the many responsive design tools that are online. A Purplegator favorite is ResponsiveDesignChecker.com. Here, you can simply enter your website URL on your desktop to check if it uses responsive design.
2. Make sure you check the top right corner of the page, that is where the resolution is listed. Of course, it’s always width x height so the first number will always be higher on your desktop and lower for a mobile phone.
Now, enter the resolution you wish to use for a smartphone. The most common resolutions in the United States are 750 x 1334 and 1080 x 1920. Once this is plugged in, you will see how the site will look on mobile.
Did the elements “stack” on top of each other? If so, it’s likely a responsive design. Congrats! Your website’s design is responsive and you are ready for viewers to visit.
Some More Mobile Web Design Tips…
Here is a resourceful infographic that summarizes some of the best mobile web design tips the web world has to offer. This graphic is especially useful for restaurant owners because mobile access is by far the predominant access point.
Some companies that use adaptive design often provide a scaled down version of their desktop site on mobile. One of the key considerations of Google’s mobile-first indexing is making sure that your mobile site has the same extensive content, as well as clear and meaningful headings following copy as your desktop version. Since only the content shown on the mobile version will be used for search engine indexing, this is extremely important. If your mobile site has less content than your desktop site, you may have lost some traffic as of Spring 2021 since Google won’t be viewing the complete desktop site anymore.
Of course, if you use responsive design on the entire site, losing content from the desktop site will not be an issue. Responsive design is a key success factor for a functional mobile website. An easy-to-follow website makes your site more approachable and drives viewer engagement.