PUTTING YOUR WEBSITE TO WORK 10: Mobile Sites: 5 No-Nos

A METHOD TO MOBILE

Tenth in a series about website basics and the nuts and bolts that make your website work for you.

You can tell how important I think the topic of Mobile Websites is, since this is my third blog o­n the subject; but when I read that 79% of mobile web consumers use their phones for shopping AND that 40 % of them will abandon a site if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds, I was impressed! Three seconds!

In my last blog I included a brief list of suggestions to consider for a mobile website. This time, here’s a brief list of things to avoid:

Five ways to screw up your mobile website:

  1. Simply copy all the text from your desktop website onto your mobile website, as is.
  2. Use Flash 
  3. Use too many images and don’t pay any attention to size
  4. Let text run on with out breaking it into sub-menus
  5. Forget to edit your mobile website when you edit your desktop site since often they’re separate.

The world is moving to mobile devices so rapidly, that it is probably a good idea, even if you don’t have a mobile website now, to start thinking of your mobile strategy for the future, not only for smartphones but for all the other mobile devices that people use to connect to the internet.

Is your website mobile–ready? If you’re interested in how your current website shapes up speed-wise, send me a note at karen@rpdesign.com.

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