Sorry for posting this particular subject rather late, but I have made a few little booboos with my site when I was doing all I can to speed up my site’s loading time. I installed another security plugin to replace the current one I have1 but unfortunately messed things up and the front page of my blog has disappeared. I ended up going back to my current security plugin. More on this later.
If you happen to follow the latest web design trends and anything web-techy, I’m pretty sure that you’re familiar with this brand-new period of web development strictness known as Mobilegeddon. What this means for everyone who has a strong presence in the internet is that when a user searches for something in Google and your site just happens to have a strong relationship to those search keywords, there is a chance that your site may not even appear on Google’s top search results— or even appear on the results at all.
That is, if your site isn’t, as Google would define, mobile-friendly. This means that your site should be compatible and looking good when people who use tablets and cellphones or any portable device currently existing may come upon your site. Most (if not all) web designers and developers are aware of the responsive web design concept that is now being applied in their website projects2 so they know if their site is mobile friendly or not. But for most people who surf the web everyday, no one would really know what this is.
For those who don’t know anything about mobile-friendliness and responsive web design, the only way they can determine whether their business or personal website is mobile-friendly is to head over to Google’s Mobile-friendly Test module. Type in the site’s URL in the field there and the module will analyze your site, front, back, in, and out. You will get the lovely green message stating that your site is mobile friendly, like the image above, and then you can smile happily and move on.
And if not, this is where you will have to make a few adjustments with your site. First, you will need to make your site responsive. This means that it should look good and function well (as in loading speeds, compatibility, etc.) on screens smaller than your desktop and your laptop. Use the CSS media queries to do this. Or if you have little to no knowledge of HTML/CSS, then it’s time for you to contact your friendly web developer to fix this issue. Otherwise, you will have to do a brand-new makeover for your site.
This is very important for everyone who owns and maintains a site or two, most especially those with small businesses and such. Because of the Mobilegeddon period, you as a business owner may lose credibility and recognition and users and potential customers would not be able to find you on Google. After all, more and more people are now relying on their cell phones and tablets to surf the web from time to time that we truly need to cater to everyone regardless of the devices they use. Google truly is having their crackdown on non-mobile friendly sites as of April 21st3 and we as dwellers of the web must conform so that all of us will be happy and become winners.
In addition to making your sites responsive, if your site is being powered by WordPress like mine, there are a lot of other options that you can do in order to load up your site’s loading time a lot faster. I found this article that provides you tips on how to maintain your WordPress-powered site for optimization and speed. I’ve already done a few of these tips, so hopefully I’ll succeed soon.
That or it’s time for me to work up a new (version 2?) blog theme.