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How does your website look on a phone?

Updated on May 4, 2015

Your website on a smart phone

Over the last few years, more and more people have been accessing the web on their cell phones. As the popularity of iPhone and Android models has exploded, people are just as likely to be viewing your site from the beach, a café or almost anywhere you can imagine.

And it's not just when people are out and about. I know many people who prefer to use their phones to browse the internet when they are at home.

What's more, the numbers of people who are looking at your site from a cell phone is increasing every day. When people find that it's time replace their old phones, the chances are that they'll be upgrading to a smartphone. It's applicable to all ages too. Both my granddaughter and my dad use iPhones. (They are eighty one years apart in age!) I monitor website statistics daily and even I'm surprised by the number of visitors who come via mobile phones. A large number come from Pinterest, Facebook, Google and Twitter apps.

The good news is that once your article looks great on mobile devices, viewers who are using phones and tablets will be able to read your information and see your products. See the examples below.

See how this site looks on an iPhone

How various features look on a phone

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Photographs are crisp and text is clear.Colors are accurate.Listings are clear and links easy to distinguish and use.The Celebrate magazine looks terrific.Lead images look beautiful.Videos look great and work perfectly.Good Veg magazine looks wonderful on a smartphone.Text is easy to read.Products are well displayed on a cellphone and clickthoughs are fine.Cellphone users can order products directly even if they're on the beach!
Photographs are crisp and text is clear.
Photographs are crisp and text is clear.
Colors are accurate.
Colors are accurate.
Listings are clear and links easy to distinguish and use.
Listings are clear and links easy to distinguish and use.
The Celebrate magazine looks terrific.
The Celebrate magazine looks terrific.
Lead images look beautiful.
Lead images look beautiful.
Videos look great and work perfectly.
Videos look great and work perfectly.
Good Veg magazine looks wonderful on a smartphone.
Good Veg magazine looks wonderful on a smartphone.
Text is easy to read.
Text is easy to read.
Products are well displayed on a cellphone and clickthoughs are fine.
Products are well displayed on a cellphone and clickthoughs are fine.
Cellphone users can order products directly even if they're on the beach!
Cellphone users can order products directly even if they're on the beach!

Users need info now!

Today, people want information as quickly as possible. If I go to a website using my phone and it isn't optimized correctly, yes, I can scroll and pinch and with difficulty I can read the information. But why should I? I don't want to use a website like that - I want to use a site that makes life easy for me.

Believe me, other smartphone users feel the same way.

Responsive Design Workflow
Responsive Design Workflow

If you are a web developer, and you're not up to date with responsive website design then this is a book that can help you. And if you're not up to date, I feel for you. I started making websites as my full time job in the last century. In those days, we would write the coding only and upload it - it was rare to use WYSIWYG editors for those of us 'in the know'. And I understand completely that it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks - I am that old dog!

 

QR codes

Many businesses and individuals today are using QR codes as a quick, easy and cheap way of leading people to their websites. And yet many forget that QR codes are used by smartphones - it's no good leading a potential client to your website or article if it isn't optimized for mobile devices!

I can guarantee that people will click away in no time - probably to your competition.

Many advertisers are getting a little carried away with QR codes but are putting the cart before the horse; they use QR codes without making sure that their websites are ready for visitors who are using phones. Incidentally, if you scan the code here, it will take you to my profile page.

Thanks Squidoo!

If you publish articles on this site, you have the Squidoo team to thank for making this site so easy to use for cell phone viewers!

Note that this photograph is more or less the actual size of the iPhone screen. I have made the previous images larger simply for demonstration purposes.

One of my websites seen on a phone

Photography credits

All images are screenshots of my own articles on Squidoo and my own websites.

Thanks for reading - please say hello!

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      stereomike83 3 years ago from UK

      I've had this on my to do list with my website for some time now!!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      This is great to know! Thanks for sharing!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Very helpful article, I have a cellphone but I never use it...I need to dust it off and go take a look at Squidoo and some of my lenses.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TransplantedSoul: HQ have worked hard on this and it looks great :)

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      It would be nice to have an emulator to test out how these site might look on different devices.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DuaneJ: And every day more and more people are getting smartphones!

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      They do look great!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @tonybonura: Thank you so much!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Now I'm going to have to get my nephew to show me how some of my lenses look on his iPhone. Very interesting subject. Blessed by TonyBTonyB