These days, a perfect website is not just determined by how it looks in your laptop browser. With the rapidly increasing market share of mobile devices – both smart phones and tablets – it is important to design a website that takes the particular constraints of these devices into account. Due to different size and capabilities of a mobile devices, an elegantly designed website might be frustrating and difficult to navigate on mobile. Follow the tips bellow to learn how you can optimize your blog for mobile devices.
Make a mobile home
Fortunately, there are some easy things that you can do in order to make your blog mobile friendly. The first, of course, is to set up a default mobile URL, so as not to sacrifice the time you put into your standard version. Most mobile URLs start with an “m.” or end with a backslash “mobile”. By creating this URL, when someone tries to access your site on a mobile device, they will be redirected to the mobile version, allowing you to easily maintain two separate designs, so that users on a standard browser can still appreciate the regular version of your blog.
Large icons, small photos
With that set up, you need to consider the design for your mobile page. Some key things are your click able icons. They need to be big and easy to read, so that someone navigating on a touch screen can select them easily, without accidentally accessing a page they do not want. It is also a good idea to have your mobile site be more text heavy than image. Large images can often overwhelm a mobile device and fail to load properly, resulting in a strangely formatted and incomplete page. Also, with formatting, keep in mind that it can be easier to have all of your text center justified to guarantee it will be read on any device, and not lost off to the side.
Don’t use Java and Flash
Many mobile devices don’t support Java and Flash, so try to avoid using them on your blog’s mobile version.
The key is in the template
Keep in mind that you do not need to redesign every single page. If you have a site with multiple pages that are similarly formatted – for example a blog, e-commerce site, or free classifieds site – spend your time designing a single template, and then apply it across the board.
Mobile optimization can be really beneficial for your blog, as more people will be able to access you blog, even when they’re on the go. This can help you to increase the number of followers to your blog. To get an idea of how an efficiently optimized mobile website looks like, check this mobile free classifieds site.
This is a Guest Post from Mary Johnson, who work for Sahipasand.com (One of the Best Free Classified Website in India).