5 seconds to check your mobile website design

5 seconds to check your mobile website design

See if your site is “mobile friendly” at a glance

Mobile friendly. Mobile ready. Mobile optimized. By now, you know how important it is for your business website to look and work well on mobile devices. Your potential customers expect it. Your return customers expect it. Even Google now gives slight preferential treatment to sites that are mobile friendly.

But this may be the first time you’ve ever thought about how your website looks on phones and tablets. And when you look at your site on mobile… do you know what is and isn’t working?

It’s easy to see if your mobile web design is truly mobile friendly in 5 seconds.

Google’s 3 guidelines for mobile web design:

  • Text is readable without tapping or zooming – Can you read all the words on your phone or tablet without zooming in? Think about a potential customer looking at your site on their phone: can they see, at a glance, who you are, what you do, and how to get in touch with you?
  • Tap targets are spaced appropriately – This is especially important in your navigation. Are the clickable buttons that lead to the other pages of your site spaced apart so that your site visitors don’t accidentally click on the wrong one?
  • The page avoids unplayable content or horizontal scrolling – Is your mobile site bogged down with Flash content that won’t load, or video and audio files that don’t play? And does your mobile size “fit” to the width of your device — without having to scroll side to side to finish reading sentences?


example of good and bad mobile site design


You can learn more about Google’s guidelines here. And remember that these mobile web design rules apply to each PAGE of your site. Even if your homepage is fine… all your other pages may struggle to get found and get used on mobile devices.

And if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, put your site through our free Online Performance Report. We’ll let you know if your site has everything it needs to work on phones and tablets, and if it’s doing what it should on computers, search engines, online directories and social media.

Don’t have a mobile-friendly hibu Website? Give us a call at 855-771-7858 for a free, no-obligation consultation, or  let us know a good time to call you.

Ian Messinger

Ian Messinger

A longtime lover of a little alliteration, Ian is Hibu's Senior Copywriter for Marketing and Communications. Since joining in 2007, he's worked closely with the product development and creative services teams to get first-hand knowledge of how Hibu's marketing products help small business succeed online - knowledge he's happy to share with you here!

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