Responsive Websites On Mobile Phones
Have you ever gone on a website with your phone, only to have to start caressing the screen with your two fingers to try to enlarge the text?
Have you enlarged the text successfully, only to then need the dreaded sideways scroll to keep on reading?
Perhaps you started, and then realised it wasn’t worth it. On to the next website you go…
Unless your website is correctly optimised for mobile devices, you run the risk of your visitors doing exactly the same thing – moving on.
The Mobile World
You only have to walk into the average family home (with permission, of course), to notice that even the adults are spending more and more time on their phones or tablets. It’s not just the young’uns anymore. Every single question we have, we can simply consult the genius of Google. Other search engines are available.
If we want food, knowledge, fun, laughter, even friendly conversations, we can now just use our phone or tablets. Electronic tablets. Not the ones in packets.
So, it makes sense that a large number of people visiting websites on the go or even in the comfort of their own homes, are searching from devices much smaller than a laptop or desktop. The screens are smaller, but does your website care?
The Problem With “Static” Websites
A static website doesn’t care who is viewing it. We could even call it lazy. Whether someone views it on a huge computer screen or a mobile screen the size of your hand, a static website will not move a muscle.
It’s not the website’s fault. It just hasn’t not been told how to act. It has not been empowered with the knowledge of what to do when a phone views it, what should happen to its text size and image layout when a tablet views it, and how spacious it should be when a desktop views it. It just sits there, confused, unable to adjust itself.
The viewer ends up with a good experience if they are using a computer, but if using a phone, it’s not so nice. The images are too huge, the website’s text is not making any attempt to fit on their screen, and the forms are hard to fill in.
The website just stays as it is – massive, but appearing tiny, demanding its viewer enlarge the text for themselves, insisting they scroll around in all directions, just to read one line.
It might even accuse it’s visitor of laziness for not wanting to zoom in and out all of the time. Some website’s have quite a nerve.
No one wants any kind of struggle when surfing the net. Things should be simple, clear and easy. That’s why you need a responsive website for mobiles…
You Need A “Responsive” Website
A responsive website is clever. It is mobile-optimised. It has been told how to act, depending on the type of device that is viewing it. When a desktop user is visiting, the website knows to expand, to be wide and spacious and free. It knows that if a phone is looking at it, it should shrink, contract, become more space-efficient and even adjust its imagery for the best user experience.
It is literally responsive to the size of the device viewing it.
It has been programmed to adjust itself for specific screen sizes, meaning that people on all devices get the best, most seamless experience possible.
And who doesn’t want seamlessness?
Give Your Customers A Great Experience
If you make their lives easier, you will be repaid one way or another. No one will get annoyed with you for not having a mobile-optimised website, because they probably won’t stay long enough to find out about you in the first place.
Having a responsive website for mobile phones and tablets means more people will be able to find and read your website with ease. And filling out a form on a responsive website is an absolute dream for anyone interested in your business.
Most websites are now catching up with the mobile-friendly trend, so it only makes sense that you stay ahead of the game as well.
So how can you get a website to look good on all devices?
Get A Website For Mobile Phones To Enjoy
To get a mobile-friendly website, you have two main options:
- Learn how to code. It’s certainly possible. But it takes a lot of time, and saintly patience. Good luck.
- Have your website built by people who have it covered for you.
Let’s talk about option two…
There are companies out there who have already done all the clever coding to ensure all of their websites are super mobile-friendly.
They have programmed their websites to look clean and clear and enticing on all devices, so that everyone who visits their websites has a good old time, free from any need to zoom or scroll sideways.
“Responsive” websites are what you want to ask after. Make sure this is covered in your package. Unless you have this covered, you might be alienating a large proportion of your potential customers.
Your Customer-Friendly Website
To make your website customer-friendly, make sure it is mobile-friendly.
You now have a choice, if you want to take this further…
- Check out some examples of the websites DotGO have built for mobiles and all other devices – click here.