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When evaluating a website, it’s important to ensure the website is mobile ready. Being mobile ready means your website will provide a great user experience for anybody accessing it from a mobile phone or tablet.
Do you know if your website is mobile ready?
If not, no worries…
Below I dive into three considerations you need to take into account when evaluating whether your website is mobile ready or not.
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When you visit the homepage of your website from a mobile device or tablet, do you have to scroll horizontally to view the entire page? Or, does the layout adapt to the smaller screen?
Responsive design is when a page dynamically changes depending on the device being used and the size of the screen.
For instance, if you view a website on a desktop computer with a large monitor, the text should grow in size. Then, when you view the same website on a mobile device, the text should decrease in size.
In addition to text size changing, the layout should change as well.
Site Performance On Cellular Network
Although cellular network speeds have drastically increased in recent years, there are still occasions where visitors to your site may be on a slow internet connection.
If a visitor comes to your website, and they’re on a slow internet connection, how quickly will your page load? Of course, this depends on a lot of factors, yet it’s important to think about.
One of the most common issues with slow loading websites is an abundance of large images. A great way to speed up a website, especially a site that may be accessed from a slow internet connection, is to optimize, compress, and cache your images. This is just a fancy way of describing how you can make your images load more quickly.
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When you interact with your website on a desktop computer, you’re likely using a mouse to click and navigate around. However, when you visit your website from a mobile device or tablet, you won’t have a mouse to use. Instead, you’ll be using your finger to tap on the screen.
When designing a website for mobile and tablet, you must look for any features that may require a mouse. For instance, if you have certain sections of your website (or maybe a call to action button) that change colors when you hover over them with a mouse, this isn’t going to work for a mobile user.
Instead, you’ll need to find another way to call the user’s attention to a certain section of your website.
Although this isn’t a comprehensive list of every possible consideration for mobile and tablet, these are three great places to start for your website.
Head over to your website now on your mobile device, and determine if it’s 1) responsive, 2) quick to load, and 3) touch supported.
If you have any questions, connect with me on Twitter (@TeamPixelayn) or email me at (bryan at pixelayn dot com).