How to check your website is mobile friendly
Ensuring that your business has a mobile-friendly website experience is now more important than ever. By 2021, 230 billion mobile apps were downloaded worldwide. This tells us that far more people are searching on their phones than logging in and browsing on their laptops. In order to make your online presence as mobile-friendly as possible, there are a number of steps you can take. Primarily, you need to assess your site and identify where improvements can be made for a better mobile experience. Consider the steps below to check if your website is mobile-friendly.
Test your URL with an online assessment
One of the quickest and easiest ways to assess how mobile-friendly your website is would be to utilise one of Google’s most popular online assessment tools, the ‘Mobile-Friendly Test.’ Simply by inputting your website URL, Google provides an analysis of your site and how easy it is for mobile users to navigate. This is a very direct response of either “page is mobile-friendly” or “page is not mobile-friendly.” From here, you can take steps to create a website that is more conducive to phone users.
Use your desktop browser
There are other ways besides online tests to check how mobile-friendly your website is. This can also be done through your desktop browser. Simply open your browser of choice and minimise your window so that it’s not showing on full screen. From here, click the left side of your window and shrink it to the right-hand side. If the content of the page remains easy to read, without being cut off, this indicates the website is mobile-friendly and fits smaller screens well. Alternatively, if the website isn’t mobile-friendly, the content won’t shrink to match the size of your minimalised browser window.
Check how the site looks on different phones
Probably the simplest way to check how mobile-friendly your website is would be to go ahead and search it on an actual mobile device. This gives you an accurate idea of what customers are experiencing when searching your site using their phones, and if the layout remains interactive and easy to use. Make sure to search your site on a variety of phones and phone makes. For example, android displays sometimes vary from iPhones.
Use the tools on your website platform
Many website hosting platforms have the ability to view how your site looks across a variety of platforms. This allows you to see how your content appears on a range of mobile devices, including phones and tablets. This allows you to make mobile-friendly changes to your site in real-time when editing and building.
To conclude, there are a number of ways you can check how user-friendly your site is to keep up with the demand for mobile content we have seen in recent years. However, it takes more than just user-friendliness to build a great website. Here at Identify Digital, we are committed to functional web design. Reach out to us today to find out more.