You’ve worked hard to build your blog or website, and you are eager to share it over the Internet. However, even though some people are going to view it on a desktop or a laptop, many will use a smartphone or a tablet. With all the different models available, the question remains, how do you make your site user friendly for all types of devices?
It is all about your visitor’s experience
What it comes down to is one thing and one thing only. Your visitor’s experience!
When building a site, whether a blog or a website, most of us have the same objective in mind: finding ways to promote it to get as much traffic as possible and developing content to optimize conversion. To that extent, we need to do everything we can to make sure our visitors have the best experience.
Today, this translates into having a site that is responsive, in other words a site that is friendly on any kind of device;
- Smartphone (all makes and models)
- Tablets (all makes and models)
The importance of using a theme or template that is responsive
The good news is, almost all current WordPress themes are already built to be responsive. It makes it a lot easier. However, as you start adding content, widgets, creating different menus, and customizing your site to your liking, it is important to check and see how your site will look when viewed on devices other than the one you used to develop it. You are almost guaranteed to have to make adjustments.
Checking how your site looks on different devices
There are multiple ways to check and see how your visitors will view your site on their device. Let’s look at a few of them, including my favorite.
- You probably have a smartphone and maybe a tablet as well and using your own devices will already give you a general idea.
- For WordPress, one of the first things you can do is to go to the left menu and select APPEARANCE, then CUSTOMIZE and on the bottom left side, you’ll see icons for tablets and smartphones. Clicking on each of them will prompt your site to be displayed in those formats.
- Another way is to reduce the size of your browser and as you do that you will see how your content gets moved around depending on the size.
Here is my favorite.
8 easy steps to make your site user friendly for all types of devices
- Open a browser window and enter quirktools.com
- Select SCREENFLY
- You might need to click on the highlighted second icon from the right called “use proxy server”
- In the URL box, enter the URL of your site
- You can then select one of the displayed icons (desktop, tablet, mobile, television, custom size)
- From there select which device you would like to view your site on
- Select or deselect the third icon from the right to allow for scrolling or not
- Go back to your site and make the necessary adjustments if needed for a better user friendliness.
A final word on making your site user friendly
It is important to always keep in mind the end user, your visitors. They must have the best experience on your site, regardless of how they are viewing it. As you build your site or when you make modifications to it, before you extensively promote your new updated version with great content, always do a quick check to see if you need to make adjustments. It will not take much time and will ensure that your audience keeps coming back for more.
Please leave a comment and share your experience.