How To Make Your Website Mobile Friendly
Do businesses need for their websites to be mobile friendly if they are going to succeed? Actually, there is a good chance they do.
IT and internet experts understand how hard it is for some of the older people in business to make a new adjustment. They already went through the rigmarole of starting up websites in the first place when they thought the old fashioned ways (brochures, TV ads, and word-of-mouth advertising) would be good enough.
Now they have to switch to mobile sales and advertising too? No business owner has to do anything, but without making these changes few firms are going to succeed or, in fact, survive in a modern age. Adaptation is just a wise move.
What does it mean to be “mobile friendly?” Is the regular website people see on their laptops and desktop computers adequate or not?
Few websites created for these larger formats are going to work to their best advantage on a smart phone like your iPhone or Moto G. Some elements will be fine and you can’t expect a small screen to become magically bigger when you need to see things either.
That’s not the point: certain features have to be visible and those are the ones an expert can help managers figure out how to emphasize. When your website is mobile friendly, people can browse, find information, and even shop while using their internet-enabled cell phones as though they were at home.
Take a look at certain websites, especially e-commerce pages, which are already set up for use on a handheld phone. Ask yourself what makes them use-friendly in this format. View your own website online using a cell phone and determine what is lacking.
Elements of Adaptation
How does one take the plunge?
A simple but crucial element of a site that functions effectively via smart phone is legible content. Content must be large enough and presented in a font that is easy to read. Swirled, ornate, or stylized script is unlikely to mean much in such a small format.
You have to be able to see what’s going on even if only enough to want to learn more. If writing is cramped or illegible, the viewer might just pass over it rather than trying to enlarge the screen to learn what it says. This is especially true if the competitor’s website is much easier to use and your potential customer decides it is not worth the bother to investigate what you have to offer.
Optimization is a good idea too. The site must be fast, not lock up so the user has to turn his phone off again so as to do anything at all. Images must show up well on the screen. Usually, a little less content is better in this format too. Assess your main page and make adjustments to both simultaneously.
Make your website a bit like an app store with lots of things to click which lead the customer somewhere. This could be a sales page, blog, contact details, or live chat. When you want to lead a customer from one part of the site to another, this is the way to do it. After all, those who operate handheld phones with internet capabilities are used to clicking on apps which take them to games, a calendar, internet, radio, and video.
Install programs which place a customer within a geographical context. If she is searching your site from the local area, then content she sees should focus on that area. If this customer is viewing your products from a few states away, your site should lead her to a link proclaiming “low shipping costs in the domestic United States” or the closest brick-and-mortar branch of your brand. Guide readers to ratings, accreditation, and make sure your site is secure to use a credit card.
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