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Top 6 Instructive Ways to Make Your Web Page Mobile Friendly

By NTW Designs: Web Design Company

Mobile friendly web design is the way to go. With the majority of internet viewers using mobile devices, web designers have no choice but to adapt.

Google webmaster tools have started to point out quick facts about the importance of mobile design. With this much use on mobile devices, every website should be tested and seen if it is mobile friendly.

There are six ways to make your webpage mobile friendly! Keep reading to learn more.

6 Instructive Ways to Become Mobile Friendly 

  1. Remove unnecessary photography. Too many photos will take a very long time to load (even if compressed) and they will add on to the browser HTTP requests.  Keep selected and high quality photos on your site. Avoid overloading your site with too many images.
  2. Remove too many Javascript files. Javascript took the place of Flash because it was lighter for creating web effects, but too many Javascript files can still be very heavy. Sometimes, web developers may leave unused Javascript effects tagged onto their website script. Even though some Javascript may not be used on a web page at any given time, the code is still linked to URLs that, when loaded, will increase internet requests.
  3. Remove auto-playing music and multiple widgets. These things irritate the average user and has been proven that there is a higher bounce rate on websites that have hidden auto playing objects. It's recommended to remove the old fashioned auto-playing audio from your website and reduce the widgets on your homepage.
  4. Go with a much larger design. Mobile designs have a more zoomed in look. This means that the photos, text, and layout as a whole, are much larger. The layout must increase in size to be user-friendly. With this larger web page view, it will ultimately be easier on the eyes for the visitors.
  5. Go with a vertical shape. The vertical shape layout is the perfect role model for a mobile web design. The one-page web design is the best example that displays a vertical type of layout with a long scrolling asset. Mobile devices prefer the top to bottom motion, and that is what a vertical design is. The multi-page web design is more of a side-to-side design. White spaces reduce the extra elements on the page. The white space trend promotes the type of clean and modern look that a mobile web design should have. 

What are the must have tags for mobile devices? 

Regular Viewport Tag. The Viewport mobile tag promotes a responsive layout design.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

Disable the pinch zoom tag. Disabling the pinch zoom is another practice often seen on mobile web designs.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, user-scalable=0"/> <!--320-->

Increase font size. An increased font size is necessary so a mobile visitor can read a web page easily.

p {font-size: 1.4em;}

Mobile Testing Phase

After finishing your web design and uploading it on the server, there are some checks to do to make sure some functions are working on all devices including mobile.

  • Menu Check. Test all the menu buttons on your website and make sure that they are working on all pages of the website. 
  • Broken Link Check. Adding links in lowercase and uppercase letters may work off the server, but when the site is ftp'd, it may create broken links due to character sensitivity.
  • Responsive Design. Check that your design is responsive and that it will scale down perfectly for all types of mobile and desktop devices.
  • Javascript/CSS File Check. Make sure that your Javascript and CSS lines of code are all compatible with mobile and desktop devices. 
Mobile devices have changed web design for the better. Before, web developers didn't care about testing out their web pages specifically for mobile devices, but with this change, web design has now become much faster and has generated an overall better experience for users. Follow this instructive article and make your web design as mobile friendly as you can!

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