Are you mobile-friendly?

Are you mobile-friendly?

We are mobile-friendly according to Google. yes, I know,  blatant self-promotion, sorry. Google has a tool to rank the mobile-friendliness of any website. We mentioned this in a previous news item. Here are some mobile-friendly sites, such as the Victorian government http://www.vic.gov.au/ and Australia car sales site http://www.carsales.com.au/. While others are not like a popular job hunting site in Australia http://www.seek.com.au/ and a large Melbourne hospital site I checked this morning. So what? More people access the web from portable devices than desktops. This has created a sense of urgency in the web design world to build websites that are easy to read and browse from iPhones, Samsungs, and other smart phones. This trend has major implications for all websites. Your all-important content (more information here) must be relevant to the reader more than your organisation. “Mobile-first” thinking puts the screen and power limitations of mobile phones front and centre when designing all company websites. You are then forced to make the most relevant user stuff the easiest to access - front screen display and obvious menu structures. Another important trend is to make websites adaptable to all devices without having separate mobile versions. These are the so-called responsive web  sites, like this one. Firefox users are able to test responsiveness easily with Ctrl+Shift+M (for Windows) to resize their web display. Chrome extensions can do a similar thing. If your site isn’t mobile-friendly then Google provides specific advice on how to improve your mobile-friendliness. For me a give-away of a problem is a site that simply shrinks to fit a mobile phone. Users are then forced to zoom in to...
Google to reward mobile-friendly sites

Google to reward mobile-friendly sites

It’s official from Google(posted February 26, 2015). Websites that are easy to read and browse from mobile phones and tablets as well as desktops will have a priority in Google searches. So the responsive sites, like this one, will receive more favourable treatment in search results than sites that simply shrink to fit. How to test your site? Here’s Google mobile test site. If your site doesn’t fair so well, we provide fully-responsive sites for small and medium size businesses. See our details here. Here are other articles on the same topic for different perspectives: http://www.business2community.com/online-marketing/google-start-penalizing-non-mobile-sites-01175992 http://www.sitepronews.com/2015/03/09/mobile-friendliness-now-google-ranking-signal/  http://hotelmarketing.com/index.php/content/article/google_to_businesses_you_have_until_april_21st_to_get_mobile_friendly Here’s the quote from Google: More mobile-friendly websites in search results Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices. To get help with making a mobile-friendly site, check out our guide to mobile-friendly sites. If you’re a webmaster, you can get ready for this change by using the following tools to see how Googlebot views your pages: If you want to test a few pages, you can use the Mobile-Friendly Test. If you have a site, you can use your Webmaster Tools account to get a full list of mobile usability issues across your site using the Mobile Usability Report.   Image courtesy of Master isolated images at...
No-Fuss Website + Hosting Offer for Small Business

No-Fuss Website + Hosting Offer for Small Business

Get more customers - a special fully-supported website + hosting offer for small business to maximise Internet visibility - quickly and inexpensively. We offer a customised modern website that enables small businesses to engage with clients & potential clients on phones, tablets & desktops. Special Offer: No-Fuss Responsive* Website + Hosting Offer to Small Business *Responsive website means giving you an easy-to-use attractive website on all devices for maximum Internet visibility.  Success for all businesses means engaging with consumers wherever they are - on iPhones, Samsungs, all smart phones, tablets, and all desktops. We offer a fully-managed customized website so you can deliver your messages to clients and potential clients wherever they are. We shall manage the complexities of the background technology, so you can concentrate on what you do best. So let’s be specific. This special offer suits all small businesses, micro and solo businesses, and self-employed professionals. You get a site like amcdesigners.com.au for $950 (AUD) for the customised site and 12 months of hosting. Out of the box you receive a fully-developed responsive web application plus valet hosting for 12 months for $950AUD one-off payment that will: Highlight yourself and your services in modern website that is attractive on mobiles, tablets, and desktops Display your logo and contact details on every screen with a custom image on the opening page Promote your unique propositions or offerings, services, testimonials, and recent work or projects in your own words. We can assist with wording that Google likes. Display latest news about yourself, your organisation, and your industry. You can enter new stories online or even via email as frequently...
Are you responsive?

Are you responsive?

quick checks for any website Today most people access the web via mobile phones. An early response by companies was to have separate mobile site with a link to the main site. The newer approach is have one site flexible enough to deal with all devices. Enter the responsive website. A responsive website provides easy reading and browsing on all devices - smart phones, tablets, and desktops and does this by treating pages, as consisting of movable and resizable blocks of texts and images. These are then moved according to screen space available. Traditional websites, on the other hand, reduce in size to become unreadable or spill over to the right of the display, forcing you to scroll sideways to see the rest of the web page. Here are some easy ways to check any site. In Firefox users simple press Ctrl+Shift+M (for Windows users). This is my favourite Firefox feature! The top left shows a drop-down of screen resolutions. So choose another one or drag the right or bottom of the display. Just watch the web-page, and a responsive site will automatically rearrange menus and displays to suit. You can check this site as an example. For Chrome users it’s slightly more complicated. I installed an extension, Responsive Web Design Tester, that displays a small desktop & phone in the toolbar. The extension allows you to choose a device like iPad and then displays your current webpage within those dimensions. Note that these tricks do not truly simulate a mobile display. They simply show whether or not a site is responsive and will reshape menus and rearrange text...