Is Your Website Responsive And Mobile Friendly?
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?
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 “Keep 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.
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.
Here 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.
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.