It was in the year 2014 that mobile overtook desktop by becoming more preferred device for internet usage. With the Google launching ‘Mobilegeddon’, the necessity to go mobile friendly has increased for websites. Today, businesses are making efforts to make their webpages mobile friendly so that they are not negatively impacted in Google search rankings.
Creating a mobile friendly website is about creating website which is cross platform and not just cross browser. There is a common misconception amongst people about the terms responsive website and mobile friendly websites. Let us first understand the difference between these two terms.
Responsive vs Mobile Friendly
A mobile friendly website will be displayed with same features across all the devices. That means nothing changes in website when viewed on desktop or on mobile phone. It has static content, limited and simple navigations. A responsive website changes with the need of users and the devices used. The features of the responsive website include dynamic content that changes, condensed navigation, appropriate padding and spacing.
What does Adaptive Websites mean?
Adaptive websites refer to those websites which are designed in completely different way for various devices. That means if you open an adaptive website on phone it will have completely different web designs than the web designs you will see on a desktop. It is very obvious that adaptive websites tend to be more expensive and complex than the responsive websites.
You Can Create Mobile Version of Your Current Website
The desktop version of your website can be easily converted into mobile friendly version by using conversion platforms like bMobilized or Duda Mobile. You will have to maintain two websites and any update has to be done on both the websites.
Mobile Plug-ins on content management systems
You can get rid of the compulsion to maintain two separate websites by using plugins on CMSs like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.
Using Template for Mobile Friendly Websites
Going for responsive templates is also a good option. Examples include themeforest or Template monster. Website design platforms like Wix and Squarespace provide an easy way out to create mobile friendly websites.
Use of Responsive Design
A responsive website will adjust itself with different sizes of the screen. This reduces the work of the developers. Responsive design in website makes it possible for webpage to sense the device and change the layout accordingly.
Go to full Website Option
You should always give the user the option to view the desktop version of the website. Even though you are satisfied that mobile version is very beautifully crafted, still you should not constraint the user to mobile version alone.