Humor me for a minute. Take out your smartphone and go to the web browser. Type your domain URL into the search box. Click the link to pull up your website, and tell me: what do you see?
- Is your website arranged nicely and is it readable?
- Are your widgets easily found and do they function properly?
- Are your share buttons visible and do they perform correctly?
These are just a few examples of what you should see if your website is mobile responsive.
A mobile responsive website is defined as:
A website that recognizes the equipment (smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop) a visitor is using and adjusts the layout and size accordingly.
- The content and banner should fit nicely within the boundaries of the device the site is being viewed on.
- Your mobile site should not look like a mini version of your desktop website. This can make it very difficult for a mobile visitor to read and navigate your site.
Other things to look for include:
- Your navigation bar items will shrink down to a “dropdown” tab.
- Widgets are moved from the left or right side of your website to a vertical position, generally underneath your content.
If your website looks like a hot mess on your smartphone or tablet, you have some work to do to make it user-friendly for your visitors. Lucky for you, there are many ways you can do this.
Mobile Responsive in a Box
One of the easiest ways is to use a theme that is created to be mobile responsive right out of the box. Themes that are built on the Genesis Framework are responsive, so there is basically no tweaking to do to make it work properly. They look beautiful on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Getting a Mobile Responsive Website
If you don’t have a theme built on the Genesis Framework, you could code up your own mobile responsive site. However, not too many people are experts at coding.
Your other option would be to purchase a mobile responsive theme. If you’re somewhat a savvy designer-in-training, you could look at sites such as:
Keep in mind, if you have a business and/or are monetizing your website, you are probably missing out on potential clients and sales if you do not have a mobile responsive website.
Your turn: is your website mobile responsive?
This is a guest post from Brenda Pace. Brenda is a Virtual Assistant who specializes in Web Design, Blog Management, and Administrative Support. She has over 28 years experience as an Assistant, as well as over 5 years in web design and blogging. Please visit her website at www.brendapace.net.
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