Is Your Website Responsive And Mobile Friendly?

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If you’ve been involved with creating websites for any length of time, you’ll probably remember when all the new browser alternatives started to come alone such as Firefox and Opera. This became quite a problem for website creators, because when you viewed a site in one browser just how you wanted it, it would look quite different in another. At the time I found this quite frustrating as it became a work flow obstacle for a while, but of course we eventually overcome these problems and found work arounds.

I’m quite old school and although I do like to embrace new technology, sometimes I’m reluctant to jump in head first, I’m still using Windows XP to type this very article, why? Because it works and although I have used Windows 7 and found it a perfectly acceptable Operating System I simply prefer XP for word processor work.

But I’m sure the time for me to accept the change and make that leap is close.

Over 50% Of Website Traffic Is Already Mobile, Are You Ready?a2z Screen Shot Shown On A Mobile

Well we’re approaching another of those so called times, in fact it’s been here for quite some time already, but now it is becoming official, as of April 21, 2015 Google will be using your website responsiveness as a ranking factor. This basically means, if your website is mobile friendly, it will help with your ranking and SEO.

I do have issues with this new technology, not because I dislike it, but I really like having my large screen monitor in front of me, with my website looking how I want, but this would be impossible on a tablet or a smartphone, so once again I’m having to make changes. Fortunately, being an advocate of WordPress, they have us covered pretty much, most new themes coming out now are responsive and work on the newer devices. But if you’re using an older theme, it’s probably in your interest to check it out.

Have You Looked At Your Site On A Smartphone Or Tablet?

If not, now would be a good time to check, if you don’t have access to such a device ask a friend

To help you get started and to make sure that your site is mobile friendly, Google have a test page set up for you, you can check out your site here

If your site passes the test I’d still advise you to follow a few simple rules, to make your site visitors time more enjoyable.

What Is The Kiss Principle?

I came across this recently, fortunately I was already following it without even realizing, it simply means β€œKeep It Simple Stupid”. Keep your website clean, with a simple user friendly interface, easy navigation and nice clear fonts, preferably with white background and black front. I’m noticing a lot of sites lately using a pale grey font, which causes me eye strain. If your websites visitors like your site and enjoy their time there, they are for more likely to make return visits if you follow these principles.

Even when you do follow everything outlined here, there is still no absolute guarantee that it will look correctly on every single device, there are just too many variables.

Woman Using A Mobile With A Responsive Theme

How Can We Make Our Sites Responsive?

This is the beauty of WordPress, it has us covered for these eventualities, there are numerous themes available to make our sites look clean, simple and elegant, but most importantly, responsive to the new technology. We also have the option of plugins to cater to those wishing to keep to their current theme, if it does fail the Google test.

TTThemes-responsive-scriptsHere at a2z, we like TT Themes, all of their themes are free, but they also offer Premium versions at a very reasonable price. We always advise our clients to go with Premium themes if possible, as the designers offer a more personal service, Thomas of TT Themes altered the menu to this site free of charge for me.

Responsive Plugins

If it turns out that your theme isn’t responsive and you are dead set against changing it. Then there are a number of plugins you can use, such as WP Touch.There are other alternatives, but my associates seem to prefer this one.

As every day passes, more and more people are switching to mobile devices to view sites, you need to be ready, so please make sure your site is responsive by using the Google Test.

 

Comments (22)

  1. jes

    A great and up to date post on website responsiveness. This day and age the smartphones and tablets are so popular that it is absolutely crucial to have a responsive website. Thanks a lot for writing this out πŸ™‚

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Thanks a lot Jes, you’re very welcome, thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  2. Joe Werner

    Jay,

    The information was very useful to me, my theme was not ready to be view on mobile devices.

    Now it is, however did required me to move to another theme. Even with some of the plugs available, my site was not good to go on devices I have around here.

    Thank you for getting the information to us.

    Joe (Old Geezer)
    http://www.oldgeezerbrewery.com

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Hi Joe, I’m so glad that I was able to help you, thanks for letting me know.

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  3. Joe

    This is soooo relevant for today’s online business! Just take a look around and you will see nearly everyone using their smartphones and tablets out and about to find stuff! If your website is not mobile friendly you are not helping your customers or your own business. Great article!

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Thanks for your kind words Joe, I appreciate you stopping by πŸ™‚

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  4. Rozz

    My website is not mobile friendly. I am somewhat surprised that this is true at WA.

    Everyone definitely have to have a mobile friendly device! I will correct…

    Thanks for this helpful post,
    Rozz

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Rozz, the themes that are supplied at Wa are stock WordPress themes, no matter what site you used for WordPress, you’d probably get the same choice of themes. Just try the WP Touch plugin in my article , that should put your site right. Thanks for your comment & if you have any trouble, please let me know.

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    I totally agree with you here. It is really important to make your website mobile friendly. It even helps out your rankings. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      You’re very welcome, thanks for your comment.

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  6. Lis

    Hi Jay,

    Thank you so much for this article. I have been concentrating on developing my site that I did not give a thought to the devices that It can be viewed on. My bad. Anyway, I ran the text and thankfully my site is user-friendly on mobile devices.

    I will definitely keep in mind, for the future, to keep up to date with the changes that occur within the technological world of devices and make sure that I am ready for any new changes that come along.

    Lis.

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Hi Liz, I’m finding a lot of people have overlooked this, it really does pay to be in touch with the technology, it’s our bread & butter. Glad I could be of help to you πŸ™‚

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  7. Marc

    Great write-up. I have seen a couple of different stories about how Google is changing. One of them suggested they were delisting sites that had a single page that was not responsive to the smart devises. of course I think that was a little extreme but that is what I saw.
    Marc

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Hi Marc, I’ve found nothing mentioning anything against single page sites, as that would be unfair in my opinion, as Landing Pages are single pages are very popular for advertising. But I think as long as our sites are accessible by mobile users you’re pretty much good to go, thanks for stopping by & sharing your thoughts.

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  8. chris

    Hi Jay

    Thanks very much for this excellent article.

    Not only was it informative and readable but it’s actually resulted in me identifying a major problem with my site that I would never have noticed otherwise.

    I took the Google Test for mobile responsiveness on the link you gave and although I passed, my results showed that 4 resources on my site were blocking Googlebots and potentially harming my rankings!

    You better believe I’ll be spending the next whatever-it-takes in Webmaster tools fixing the issues, but I just wanted to say thanks for the heads up.

    You have a super valuable site, how can I subscribe?

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Hi Chris, thanks for then kinds words & glad I could help, I’ll be sorting a subscription service here soon, so bookmark for now & I’ll update it soon πŸ™‚

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  9. Ty Jord

    I’ve been changing themes recently in an effort to make my site as responsive as I possibly could. I was shooting for perfect as I always try but I had to let that go. I’ve managed to finally stick to one though they are a few things I’d like to change but it works and it looks good so that’s enough for me.

    Thanks post the informative post and best wishes.
    Ty

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Thanks Tyrone, I had similar issues, but as long as you’re close it should be ok.

      Reply
  10. Roslyn

    I used this post info to make my site mobile friendly. It was very easy to understand and do.
    Somehow, my site that had been mobile friendly site changed. So, I was glad to find your blog.
    Doing as you suggested was very simple… it took less than a minute!
    Thanks
    Rozz

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Hi Rozz, I’m glad I was able to help you, it will help your traffic no end πŸ™‚

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  11. Adel

    Thanks a lot for this great information. I have just checked mine and its working perfectly fine on my mobile.

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Glad to be of service.

      Reply

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