“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you”
Last week I dived into Pinterest and shared with you what I had learned on this platform. Find it here:
This week I wanted to run through whether or not your blog was mobile friendly.
According to Google:
“Mobile is changing the world. Today, everyone has smartphones with them, constantly communicating and looking for information. In many countries, the number of smartphones has surpassed the number of personal computers; having a mobile-friendly website has become a critical part of having an online presence.”
Up until last week I hadn’t even realise if my site was mobile friendly or not!! I had been reading up on Google Analytics and this is how I came across it and started looking deeper.
Google, being Google have a number of tools to check in on your page and see how its performing. So before we go any further the 2 links below is where I would suggest you start…. If you haven’t already 🙂
Using your URL you can see how you are performing. The test will show you what you’re nailing and where you can focus your efforts in getting better.
Originally mine was quite poor. I then looked up what I could do and below is what I went with.
When in doubt…. Plugin….
I’m working of WordPress, hosted by BlueHost. This plugin worked well for my setup. I’m also using the theme Ashbury. Make sure your theme is set up with a mobile site version. Without this you cannot activate it!
So the plugins I used that worked for me and my setup are:
These work together so both need to be downloaded and activated together. You will also have to configure W3 Total Cache to make them work. Once you install them a red error will come up. It’s in this box you’ll find the instructions needed for them to be turned on! All the instructions are related to W3 Total Cache.
Once I did this I re-ran my mobile friendly test with Google and BOOM!!
My site also looks the same now on all setups, desktop, tablet and mobile!
Another google Tool I found when researching this is Google’s:
“With PageSpeed Insights you can identify ways to make your site faster and more mobile-friendly.”
This tool has been super helpful in that it has identified a number of areas I need to work on.
So this is what I’ll be working on for the next week or so. Wish me luck!
Has anyone used either of these tools? I’m probably late to the party but hey…. At least I finally made it!
If there is anything else I need to be looking at re: the above do let me know below. Would love to hear what you guys have found?!