By David Adress
President, Bitochon Technologies
Many years back, having a website was optional. These days it’s a must. Consumers are increasingly using handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets, etc to visit your website. Viewers are more comfortable with the prevalence of technology and demand for more features on your website. So, the best way to cater to the needs of consumers today is by making your website responsive.
A responsive website alters its layout based on the screen size in use. This means that the website will automatically regulate itself to the screen size of the device being used. Responsive sites can also be designed or altered to make the text on a page appear larger but easier to read on small screens. They can also be configured to make the buttons on the device’s screen easier to press.
Although most of the work including configuration and development of website will be handled by the website design company, here are six tips you can use to help with the designing phase to convert your website into a responsive one:
1: Make Friends with Your Developer
Discuss the important features and functionalities you may need in order to ensure what you create works perfectly when viewed by users or viewers.
2: Content Deconstruction
Break your site’s content down into palatable chunks and prioritize each element to act in an optimised fashion within a quick to respond framework.
3: Testing Your Accessibility Tools
Make sure the flow of your matter runs efficiently as if it’s running through some text-to-speech software, listening to how your message comes across.
4: Accurate Links
The hyperlinks you are including on your site are there to be clicked on, so do make sure that you are sending your users to pages that are suitable for the device in use.
5: Connect the Dots
Try to work closely with your web designer to develop a consistent format that dictates how diagrams, images and other rich media content are displayed. Think about technical scaling and text overlaying descriptions.
6: Streamlining Forms
Take away fields that are unnecessary and make sure not to add them back in for larger displays. Regardless of the device they are using, internet shoppers have the same level of patience, i.e. bare minimum. After reading and implementing these tips, your responsive site will make it easier for Google to read your website and track its performance, thereby boosting your site’s ranking considerably. All this can be done if you just follow the 6 tips given here to make your website responsive.