In our last episode ‘The Simple Advice To Prevent You Wasting Money On Your First Website’ Jumpanzee’s Elle Denning gave her advice on how to plan and prepare your website to avoid spending endless money on corrections and new features. In this follow up episode, Elle explains why it’s important to plan for visitors who will be visiting your site from mobile devices.
The second mistake that people will make is forgetting about mobile. So many people now come to websites through a mobile device or by using a tablet, especially when they’re first landing on a page or exploring a website because they’re coming through social media. Your site needs to look just as good on mobile as it does on desktop.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the website will look exactly the same across all platforms. That’s one of the biggest questions we get from our clients through the building process, they see it on mobile and sometimes images may appear in different places or not at all. Those are decisions that have been made because the content usually will flow better with fewer design elements or fewer images, because your space on mobile is smaller than on a desktop or even on a tablet so when planning for a responsive site, make sure whatever platform you’re using supports responsive design.
Google now penalises websites that are not mobile friendly so that has to be a decision that’s made up front when you’re figuring out what platform you’re going to use. If you’re working with a designer, definitely have the conversation about what it will look like on mobile.