Are you Mobile User Friendly?

Optimising your Website or Blog for Mobile Users

Smartphones are hot property these days and many people, including me will sit reading blogs and websites on our phones, when we’re most probably supposed to be spending quality time with our family and friends.

Check your Stats

Over the last few weeks I have noticed that a lot of blogs and websites are not optimised for mobile users.  Over the last 16 days of the Ultimate Blog Challenge I have been keeping track of my stats on Google Analytics, and it’s surprising how many mobile users have visited my blog, the pie chart below shows the breakdown, 16% of visitors use their mobile phones.  That’s quite a chunk if you have millions of visitors to your site.

For that very reason you need to make sure that your website or blog is fully optimised for mobile users, you could be losing a lot of visitors just because it’s unreadable to 16% of your visitors.

Optimising my website/blog wasn’t top of my priority list when I first started out, it was only when I was sitting on my iPhone one evening and clicked on my most recent blog post and realised how unfriendly it was to read.  Top of my to-do list the next day was to find a plugin which would easily make my website mobile user friendly.  The plugin I use is called WPTouch which seems to be a popular one, although I am not completely happy with it, so if anyone has any other suggestions please let  me know?

It’s always useful to take a look at your statistics to see who is reading your website/blog so you can keep in mind what changes you need to make to make your readers visit as friendly as possible.  I’ll be taking a look at Google Analytics in further details in the next few weeks.

As part of my blog management service I am able to look at stats for you and give you advice on how you can make changes that ensure every reader has a friendly experience when they visit your blog.

Update:  I just came across this brand new blog post on HubSpot which ties in nicely with my own – Mobile App Usage Trumps Web Browsing at 94 Minutes a Day

Comments

  1. Fortunately mine seems to be OK on mobiles – both the main site and the Blog – as I’ve had them optimised for mobile viewing (even if they are a bit small and you have to navigate around more!) :)

  2. I use WPTouch also, but have it set directly to my blog. Maybe it could do with changing to make use of the whole site
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  3. Hi Jo – thanks for this – will have to keep it in mind! Great info!
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  4. Timely post as usual Jo. I have started to use the Obox Mobile Framework plugin for a couple of my wordpress sites. None of these plugins appears to be perfect out of the box, and Obox is no different. I did try WPTouch, but found that problematic – although never sure whether it was just my mobile device that didn’t like it!

    Speaking of which, my own mobile is a Samsung Galaxy Android phone. My sites look ok (with a few glitches that I’m working on), but I don’t know how they look on other devices. So, if any of your kind readers would be prepared to check them out on their phones and report problems here, I will do the same for them (if you need me to tell you what it looks like on an Android phone).

    The two sites that I have ‘mobilised’ with Obox so far are my Brittany / Pays de Loire blogging site and my own website.
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    • I’ll take a look at your sites on my iPhone later Martin, a long trip in the car this evening so plenty of time for testing! :)

      • Thanks Jo. Appreciate it.
        I have taken a look at your site on my Android phone. Mostly looks very good, but you have a signup popup that overlays the screen after a few seconds on the first visit. This works ok in landscape mode, but in portrait mode on the mobile it overruns the right hand side of the screen and is impossible to remove. Not sure if this is something that is easily remedied, or if you can ignore it if you think that most people will (like me) just rotate the phone into landscape mode to see it properly.
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        • Thanks Martin, I don’t like pop-up’s but the one I use on here only comes up every 3 visits or something like that. I am testing it, so will see how well it works. I just quickly tested your sites, your website looks fine. The other one is ok, apart from the title ‘Well Done Brittany Ferries’ is over your face, but that might just be a small glitch.

  5. I’ve recently been advised to instal WPtouch, but I’m scared in case it mucks up my website. Are you happier with it now, since writing the article?

    Renée :)
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