ActiveRain Tutorials: Is Your Website Mobile Optimized?

Is Your Website Mobile Optimized?

Mobile WebAccording to Google, mobile traffic queries are up over 4 times those of a year ago. More and more people are surfing the web from their smart phones every day for things. There should no longer be a question of whether or not you need a mobile version of your website.

Having your website mobile optimized means that it will load quickly & easily for any mobile device. If it takes more than five seconds for the page to load, consumers are likely to leave and move on to another site. Also, the amount of data required to open a non-mobile site can turn those with limited data packages away from becoming a regular online customer of yours. If you have images inserted, they need to load properly and I shouldn't need to pinch or zoom to view the items on a page.

Google believes that mobile sites are becoming so important that they recently launched an initiative to help people determine if their site is mobile optimized. HowToGoMo.comoffers you the ability to test your site, learn more about mobile websites and even get help if needed.

Here's a quick demo on how it works:

When you finish the test you will get a brief summary and also the ability to either email or download a Full Mobile Report. Also, if your site does not do so well in the test, they have some great developers available to assist you in building a mobile optimized site for your business.

As someone who uses WordPress and also builds Custom WordPress Sites, I install a plugin called WPTouch onto all the sites I build that helps turn them into a mobile optimized version for when your site is viewed on a smartphone. It is super simple to set up and can be done in less than three minutes. It will make your site look fairly similar to the way mine did in the video demo above.

So, go try HowToGoMo.com and see how your site ranks in their results. If you need help turning your WordPress Site into a mobile optimized version, just ask!

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Comment balloon 11 commentsJeremy Blanton • December 01 2011 02:34PM

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Great advice. I realized when you mentioned the WP plug in that my other site was not optimized. My RE/MAX site did good.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 7 years ago

Oh, I so need to do this for my new wordpress site.  thx for the reminder.  I added to project list.  Suggested.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 7 years ago

Thanks, Jeremy,

great tip. I am going to check it right now...

Have a great day.

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Thanks ladies!  How did your sites rank?

 

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 7 years ago

My site ranked 2 out of 4 :(

They suggest calling your website provider first to see if there is anything they can do - after that, I'll have to investigate some of the other options.

Great information - thank you!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hey Jeremy thanks. I did it and came back pretty good . The only area I "failed" in was it took a few extra seconds to load. Thanks for the post

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 7 years ago

Margaret, make sure to download the full report and look through it.  IT might be just a few minor changes that need to take place.

 

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 7 years ago

Jeremy, i did well load time 1.3 seconds too...good stuff. 

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Jeremy, Nice job here, as you s l o w e s t student I really appreciate your educational posts and videos. Keep up the great work! Ad yes...I bookmarked this post ;-)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hey Jermy - I'm not even trying!  But I would like to speak to you about possibly revamping my site to meet the mobile requierments - I'm just starting to build my WP site - so it may be too early - not sure

Posted by Marcia Kramarz, CDPE,LMC,CBR (Re/Max Executive Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Jeremy, I just check this out with some of my sites. Neat tool Thanks

Posted by Eva Aliaga, Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Boca Raton IdealFloridaLiving.com) almost 7 years ago

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