How to Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Avi

Avi · 10th May 2020·Optimisation

How to Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Believe it or not, the first phone that could access the internet came out in 1996. It was the Nokia 9000, and needless to say, its features were extremely basic by today’s standards. It was just 20 years later, in 2016, that mobile internet usage surpassed web usage from standards computers. Today just about everyone has a smartphone, and commonly uses it to browse the web. If you aren’t giving these visitors to your site a positive experience, they aren’t likely to come back.

So, if your website isn’t already mobile-friendly, now is the time to put in some effort to bring it up to speed. Every day you allow to pass without serving your mobile visitors with the best experience possible is a day wasted. This page offers a number of things that you can do to optimize your site for mobile traffic.

Install a Responsive Front End

Just about all content management systems used today have the option to install what are called responsive themes. A responsive theme is one that is able to detect what type of device the page is being accessed from and customize the way it is displayed based on that information. When a mobile device is used to access your page, it can perform things such as:

· Adjust the Size – The page will load so that the width of it fits on the mobile device. This prevents the need from scrolling side to side to read the entire page.

· Bigger Buttons – The size of the buttons on the page should be larger compared to on traditional PCs. This is because when someone taps the button on a mobile device it is more difficult to hit a precise spot.

· Loading Images – The images on your page will likely need to be shrunk down in size so they aren’t taking up the entire page. In addition, the smaller images can load more quickly.

There are many other things that can automatically be done when a site is equipped with a responsive theme. This requires no coding on your part as it is all built into top content management systems. For example, we provide customers of Verpex with the ability to install WordPress with just a couple clicks. WordPress has thousands of responsive themes, many of which are available free of charge.

Avoid Flash & Other Resource Intensive Features

Multimedia features on a website can be very engaging and make for a fun experience on a normal PC. On a mobile device, however, they can cause things to perform incorrectly and take longer to load. This is especially true when it comes to trying to load a page on an older smartphone, which may not have the system resources needed. Other than basic videos and images, it is typically best to avoid any type of flash or other multimedia features.

Test Test Test

Testing is one of the most important things you can do when optimizing your website. When you make a change, it is important to bring up your site and try to view it from the eyes of a visitor. To the extent possible, this means accessing your site using a number of different devices. It isn’t enough just to check out the site from your personal smartphone. At the very least, you should be testing it with an Apple device as well as an Android device. If you have the budget, adding in multiple versions of each of these types of devices is also a good idea. The more testing you do, the more information you will have. This information can be used to further optimize your site with the next update.

Only Choose Fast Hosting

Slow websites are always annoying, but when it is on your mobile device it can be especially frustrating. People often use their phones or tablets to look things up when they are in a hurry, so the last thing they want is to have to wait more than a couple seconds for the page to load. The best thing you can do to ensure you have a fast loading mobile site is choosing the right hosting company. Verpex hosting is designed to be extremely responsive for all types of hosting. We offer solid-state drives, powerful processors, and exceptional connectivity to and from the Internet. When hosting with us, you can be confident that visitors to your site will have a great experience.