Mobile Devices

How Do I Make My Website Mobile Friendly?

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How Do I Make My Website Mobile Friendly? A question on many peoples minds. Do you know anybody who doesn’t own a mobile device? Chances are, almost everyone you know on the face of the planet has an iPhone or Android mobile. Today, more than half of the globe’s population has access to smartphones or tablets. It has become a necessity rather than a form of luxury. Let’s face it; people are addicted to such high-tech gadgets that they can’t leave their homes without their internet-capable phones.

When developing a new website always look at your current traffic if you already have a website, this is an area that Green Arrow Consultancy can really step in and help your project get off to a flying start.

With mobile marketing becoming more of a necessity than an extra, you must ask yourself “how does your website look when viewed on a mobile device?

Here are 8 tips to set you on the right track with your website.

1. Be plain and simple

A flashy website is not going to convert very well on the mobile device. Stick to the fundamentals, and don’t forget the acronym you may have experienced before. K.I.S.S (Keep it simple silly). With a more simplistic website design your get a faster website loading time, this is very important as today’s users are rushing around and will soon move onto the next website if your site loads slow.

2. Consider how mobile users see your content

Check for yourself on the mobile phone to reassure yourself that this mobile content converts efficiently to the device. You simply can’t be sure without checking, if possible check with a few different devices, Android mobile, iphone are the two main ones.

3. Cut down on advertising clutter

Not all websites have adverts on them, if your website does not then this point is not for you.

You might find you need to transfer your ads to different locations that work far better with mobile devices. Having adverts in the center of content might not function well using a mobile device just like they will do with a regular website.

4. Plenty of navigation

For a mobile device, you most likely need more navigation than on an internet site. Think about using the shorter drop-down menus, and think of strategies to drill down to the minute information on your web site with additional menus.

5. Make short links

As we know, typing on a mobile device is not fun or simple. So make hyperlinks as brief as they can be so that no one throws their mobile phone round the room in annoyance when trying to get to or around your website.

6. One post or range of content for each web page

This goes back to becoming minimalistic but keep the content to a single post per page for much easier viewing. This page for example only has this blog on it, if I started to add other content to the page I would waterdown its effectiveness to get across to you what I am trying to say.

7. Put hyperlinks beneath content and inside

Reconsider the way you put textural links inside a post. Although this is ideal for a web site viewed on a webpage it may be more efficient to place links underneath the post in addition to inside the text for simpler navigation.

8. Use drop down navigation or perhaps hover navigation

This type of navigation will save a lot of space on the cellular system and makes it much simpler to click it to move to the mobile content that the visitor wants to see.