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How does your website look on a phone?
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 phoneClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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!
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.
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
All images are screenshots of my own articles on Squidoo and my own websites.