How to Get Your Website Mobile Friendly

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by robinincarolina, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. robinincarolina

    robinincarolina Silver Member

    Is there a simple way to make your Website Mobile Friendly. I have ran my websites through the Google tool to see if they were mobile friendly and one of them is not. The theme I use is Socrates. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    Ugh, only one? I have dozens to re-vamp!
    Been writing code for 20 years but wasn't ready for this.
    Most of my WordPress sites pass, some need tweaking.
    The short answer is use WordPress and follow guidelines.

    Fixed widths and set font sizes are the biggest killer here.
    Old static sites can be made flexible with a bit of work.

    If it ain't mobile friendly we're missing 60% of searches.
    Google will not show non mobile sites in mobile searches.
    That's a big change for sites that were created for desktops.

    Been thinking about starting this thread for weeks.
    Thanks for bringing it up, it is a critical change.
    Any suggestions are welcome and needed!
     
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  3. robinincarolina

    robinincarolina Silver Member

  4. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    There are several plug-ins for WordPress to make it more mobile friendly.
    I have been using some for years but not properly.
    Even using them doesn't guarantee a proper fit.
    Mobile screens can be as small as 300 px wide.
    I had mine set for a minimum 800 px (based on desktops).
    Also 3 column doesn't work well on most mobile devices.
    Most of my sites were/are using 3 columns instead of 2.
    Takes time to re-design but it is a "must do" for SEO.
     
  5. robinincarolina

    robinincarolina Silver Member

    I just tried wptouch plug in on one of my smaller sites and it worked like a charm. A bit cautious however about adding it to my big site.
     
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  6. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    WP Touch is on some of my sites too, a good plug in.

    One of my "penalties" has to do with LINK SPACING.
    Think of it as needing to double space so fat fingers can hit the right line.
    In my case it is icons that are too close together to be mobile friendly.
    Easily solved when I get a "roundtuit", just add padding.

    Another Google change (next week) has to do with links themselves.
    It the site they point to is not mobile friendly they won't get ranked.

    But don't get carried away thinking mobile only, it has to be "responsive".
    Simply put, the website needs to detect what device is looking at it and change size.
    That's what WP Touch does for existing Word Press websites, with limitations.
    Other factors still have to be addressed such as no set widths or font sizes.
    Just the header image itself can cause problems if it isn't responsive.

    Earning comes with LEarning, I am still doing both.
     
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  7. robinincarolina

    robinincarolina Silver Member

    Yes, link spacing is one of my errors as well!

    Sincerely,

    Clueless in Carolina
     
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  8. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    Location, location, location.
    That's not just for bricks and mortar anymore.
    Mobile device search results are ranked by location.
    Smart phones tell Google where the searcher is located.
    The results they get will vary depending on where they are.

    That has always been true to some extent with desktops, based on ISP location.
    Many of the "sponsored ads" you see in search results are in your local area.
    The same will be true for all searches from smart phones, just more so.

    Using place names, zip codes, area codes, etc on your website will help.
    Also put the locale in meta tags on images to increase the indexing.

    That creates a problem for people who are on-line affiliate marketers.
    How to get around that is a topic worth exploring, I have no answer.
    (most of my sites are for local brick and mortar companies)
    Best guess is to name the countries/areas that you serve.
    Any and all suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
     
  9. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    Just found a plugin for a client that configures the "viewport"
    The plugin is called "Definitely allow mobile zooming"
    An easy fix for his sites, I also installed on my own sites but haven't tested them.

    That is only one of the many little fixes yet to address like font and header sizes.
    Guess it's time I earned my keep as a webmaster, been sleeping on the job.
    20+ years and it's like starting over but learning keeps me young.
    It's fear of learning that causes frustration and stress.


     
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  10. Scott W

    Scott W New Member

    Oddly I got this email from Google concerning this same thing. Anything working good for static websites not built in Wordpress? I tried using Php Mobilizer ( https://code.google.com/p/phpmobilizer/ ) but it does not seem to work properly.
     
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  11. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    Check to see if your Apache server is running PHP version 5 and has the http access set to rewrite capable.
    That's what is required, plus copying the files to a subdomain named "m" (as in mobile).

    Thanks for the link. I'm sure a lot of people, including myself, will be happy you shared it.
    I'll add to that the link for the instructions which has some comments that might help:
    https://code.google.com/p/phpmobilizer/wiki/Installation
    There are users who had problems but most answers are there.
     
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