Smartphones have become an integral part of our personal and business lives. We use them to check emails, read news, text, social media, and call people. If you have a website, assume that many people will view your website on mobile. So, you need some simple tools to check how your site looks on mobile
You can use a few helpful tools to check if your website is mobile-friendly. Making corrections to your website so that it’s easy to navigate on mobile, your visitors will have a better experience, and they’re more likely to stick around to hear your message. How does your site look? Is it still easy to navigate without weird text wrapping or missing menus? It’s essential to ensure it looks good and is easy to use on computers and phones.
Mobile Use Is Growing
Our habits are supported by statistics that highlight the importance of mobile optimization. According to oberlo.com, mobile traffic now accounts for nearly 60% of total internet traffic, a significant increase from the mere 6% recorded in 2011. Furthermore, approximately 60% of all web searches are conducted on mobile devices.
In the United States, the amount of time individuals spend engaging in non-voice activities on their smartphones has steadily grown. In 2019, the average time spent was 3 hours and 45 minutes; by 2022, it had risen to an average of 4 hours and 29 minutes. These numbers are projected to continue increasing.
Since an increasing number of people are accessing websites through mobile devices, ensuring that your site has an appealing visual design and functions effectively on mobile becomes crucial. We commonly refer to this concept as “mobile responsiveness.”
What Does ‘Mobile Responsive’ Mean?
The definition of a mobile responsive (or mobile-friendly) website is simple:
“A mobile-friendly website displays correctly on a handheld device like a smartphone (iPhone/Droid) or a tablet.”
In the old days, people had to create a separate mobile version of their website. Businesses would have two parallel versions of their website – one for mobile and one for desktop. What a hassle!
Fortunately, technology has advanced since then. Plus, WordPress is naturally mobile-friendly. However, be sure you’re using a theme design that is mobile responsive. (See below for my suggestions).
Navigating Your Site on a Mobile Device
A mobile-friendly site should be accessible for your visitors to navigate. Navigation on a mobile device differs from using a desktop or a laptop.
Mobile devices have touch screens. These touch screens allow users to tap, slide, expand, etc, with their thumbs and fingers. In contrast, a desktop or a laptop uses a mouse. The mobile device’s small screen size offers a different experience as well.
As a result, your Navigation should be straightforward, with buttons or links that are large and easy to tap.
Tools To Check Your Site’s “Mobile Responsiveness”:
Tool #1) Pull Out Your Phone and Look at It
There’s no substitute for pulling out your phone and going to your website. How does it look? If you have an iPhone, go to your website and look at it. Click around and see how it works. Then have a friend with an Android test your website too.
This is the best way to know how your site looks on mobile!
Tool #2) Check With the Customizer Inside WordPress
You can check to see what your WordPress site looks like on mobile with just a few clicks. First, go into the ‘Customizer’ (where you customize your theme). Next, scroll to the very bottom and find the three little icons. Last, click the appropriate icon to show you how your site will look on each (desktop, tablet, or mobile). See the screenshots below.
Tool #3) Use Free Online Mobile-Friendly Tools
There are many free online mobile-friendly tools. One that I like a lot is from Website Planet. You enter your domain name, click on your desired device, and click the yellow “test my site.” It will show how it looks on the different devices. Go ahead and give it a try here: https://www.websiteplanet.com/webtools/responsive-checker/
The other one I like is Mobile Moxie, but they limit you to only three daily tests. Check it out here: https://mobilemoxie.com/tools/mobile-page-test/
Tool #4) Use Google’s Mobile-Friendly Tool
You can also use Google’s Mobile Friendly Tool called “Mobile-Friendly Test” to evaluate your site’s mobile-friendliness. Go to www.ChristinasResources.com/isitmobile and type in your site name.
For example, here’s the image that came up when I typed in the URL for my Website Marketing Workshop (my WordPress training program for people who already know the basics of WordPress). It will show you how your site looks on a mobile device! Pretty cool.
3 Tips to Make Your Site More Mobile Friendly:
Tip 1) Use a Mobile Responsive WordPress Theme
A mobile responsive WordPress theme will automatically adjust the display based on the type of device the visitor is using. This will help your visitor have a great experience on your website, no matter their device. Fortunately, there are many unique mobile-friendly WordPress themes. I will share some of my favorite themes in the next section below.
Tip 2) Add a “Click-to-Call” Mobile Feature
Have you ever looked up a phone number on your mobile device? Sometimes, you can click on a phone number, and your phone will automatically start calling that number.
This is called a “Click to Call” link. It’s much easier than copying and pasting the phone number or trying to remember it! If you want your website visitors to contact you, consider adding a “Click to Call” feature to your website.
Tip 3) Use a WordPress Plugin if Your Theme is Not Mobile Responsive
Your WordPress site may not be mobile responsive if you use a very old theme. If you’re using a WordPress theme that’s NOT mobile responsive, a few plugins can make your site look better on mobile devices. These plugins will allow you to customize the mobile version of your site. Best of all, you don’t need to use any coding.
- WPTouch (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wptouch/)
- AMP for WordPress (https://wordpress.org/plugins/accelerated-mobile-pages/)
- WP Mobile Menu (https://wordpress.org/plugins/mobile-menu/) – for making your menus responsive
My Favorite Mobile Responsive WordPress Themes
Extra Theme: The magazine-style theme powered by Divi. It’s the theme we are using here at the Website Creation Workshop.
In conclusion, your website must look good and work well on mobile devices. With most people using smartphones to browse the internet, you cannot afford to ignore the visitor’s mobile experience. Fortunately, there are easy-to-use tools available that can help you check how your site appears on mobile.
Using these tools, you can identify any issues and improve the mobile-friendliness of your website. Remember, a mobile-friendly site satisfies your visitors and improves your search engine rankings. So, take the time to optimize your website for mobile, enhance the user experience, and reap the benefits of increased engagement and better online visibility.
How does your site look on mobile devices? Is it “Mobile Responsive”?
(this article has been updated since it first appeared on 6/16/20)