What does your website look like if viewed by a mobile phone?
You should care – the jump in users who are accessing the web with their phones has jumped tremendously in the last few months: by some estimates, mobile visits now account for fully 20 percent of Web traffic.
Never fear, you can check what your site looks like on a smartphone with the Go Mo Meter, a cool, and free, online checker by Google’s Go Mo.
Go Mo will even go a bit farther, by providing a report on what’s working well on your site, and what you can do better.
More reasons to take mobile seriously.
- by 2013, more people will be using their mobile device to surf online, than a PC.
- Since 2010, mobile searches have quadrupled.
Some WordPress developers have taken to designing WordPress themes that will work on mobile phones. The term is called responsive design, and it is a way to make sure your website will look good by “responding” to the platform. If you have a website built with a WordPress blog, then you might want to switch to one of these new themes. If you want a new website, consider creating it with WordPress.
Responsive Premium Themes include these newest themes for Genesis by Studiopress:
- Eleven 40
As for making sure your site is user-friendly for mobile devices, here are some tips:
- Skip the huge graphics. Mobile users want your site to download in 3 seconds. They will ditch your site and go to your competitor’s if you site doesn’t load fast enough. This, by the way, applies to all websites.
- Local search is big. Make sure your site is showing up in the searches for the spontaneous shopper.
- Mobile ready sites drive purchases. Users log-on to do price checks, read reviews, and 50% of mobile shoppers lead to purchases.
- Make it easy for people to buy from you. The less clicks the better. Keep text short, forms minimum, and phone numbers and emails easy to find.