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is your website mobile responsive?

01 April 2020

Why should you check if your website is responsive? Wevolution website design explains why.

Why check for mobile friendly?

To know if your website is mobile responsive is crucial if you intend to rank well on Google's search engine.

The reason why this is so important is due to the Google algorithm called "Mobilegeddon" that checks websites and penalises the ones that are not mobile-friendly.

Google decided to incorporate "Mobilegeddon" because more browsing happens from mobile phones than Laptops and Desktop computers.

So, to keep the majority browsers on mobile happy, it is wise to have a mobile-friendly website that displays well on mobile phones (in landscape and portrait view) as well as laptops and larger screens.

Google Mobile Friendly Test - See if your website is mobile responsive

How to check for mobile friendly?

There are a few tools to check for this, but I prefer Google's Mobile-Friendly Test. Simply Google "google mobile friendly test" (CLICK HERE) and you will see a form to enter your website address.

After entering your website, click on the "RUN TEST" button. Allow the Tool to analyse your website and return a result

Google Mobile Friendly Test Failure Result - What to do now?

My website is not mobile-friendly, what now?

You should be aware that this is going to affect your website ranking on the Google search engine. So it would be a good idea to migrate your website to a mobile-friendly theme.

If you would like to have a theme created for your website that allows you to keep the look and feel that you currently have, then you can contact us on stefan@wevolution.co.za

Google Mobile Friendly Test Success Result - What else can I do?

My website is mobile-friendly, so what now?

You can take your mobile device and visit your website to check what it looks like. Does your website display well on portrait view on your phone? How about landscape view?

Keep in mind that when a visitor goes to your website, they will likely change the orientation of the screen when viewing it. You would like to show your audience the best version of your website for smaller mobile devices, that is the aim.

Mobile repsponsive best practice guidelines - fonts - images - general tips

Mobile-Friendly guidelines:

Here are some tips when looking at your website on a mobile phone and asking yourself - What is a good mobile responsive practice?

Text:

The text should be easy to read on a smaller screen. This means that the text should be slightly larger than normal (but not too large!) - This is because a person holding a phone could be moving and they would like to see the information on your website easily, at a glance and understand what it is that your website and business is about.

The text should also have proper line-height - This means that the distance between two lines in a paragraph should be high enough for the text not to be bunched too closely together.

Avoid long paragraphs of more than two or three sentences (except for blogs), displaying smaller chunks of information to the viewer. Remember that reading too much text at once could seem quite a time consuming and tedious to a reader.

Images:

It is bad if you have to scroll from left to right on the screen of a mobile device to view an image. Therefore, it is wise to offer a solution where the images are responsive - this means that they scale to the with of the screen, preventing scrolling on mobile phones or tablets.

Compressed images also load faster on mobile phones, this means that your audience will not have to wait for the page to load after more than 3 seconds, more than 3 seconds for a page load is considered slow according to Google Search Console.

The smaller the image, the better it will load and the better the user experience will be.

Menu & Buttons:

Is the website easily navigatable on a small screen? Can you get to all of the pages easily on your phone without having to pinch-and-zoom?

Allowing buttons to be large enough to be touched by a human finger is a good idea on smaller screens. Ask yourself if you are happy with your website navigation and button sizes.

Performance:

The faster your page loads when opened, the more likely the person will be to stay engaged with the content on your website.

Studies show that for every second after the 3-second threshold, you start losing viewers. Try keep the images small and the website assests small in actual size.

what is popia?

02 April 2020

The PoPI Act in South Africa

Protection of Personal Information Act also known as POPIA was meant to be instated nationally from yesterday 01 April 2020. The reason why it has been postponed (temporarily) is due to the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic. The new date is yet to be announced.

What's the purpose of POPIA?

The purpose of the PoPI Act is to ensure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner when collecting, processing, storing and sharing another entity’s personal information by holding them accountable should they abuse or compromise your personal information in any way.

PoPI Act - What does that mean for websites?

Many companies have started to comply and we can expect that the the legislation will have an implementation period of plus/minus 12-months. Make sure that your company starts compliance before the PoPI Act is formally accepted nation wide, this will save you time and work later on.

PoPI Act - Protecting Personal Information on websites

What personal information?

  • Phone number/s (including mobile phone number)
  • Identity &/or passport number
  • Email address/es
  • Physical address
  • Gender, Race & Ethnic origin
  • Online/Instant messaging identifiers
  • Photos, voice recordings, video footage (also CCTV)
  • Biometric data
  • Private correspondence
  • Criminal record
  • Marital/Relationship status & Family relations
  • Financial information
  • Details on your sex life
  • Membership to organisations/unions
  • Physical & mental health information including medical history
  • Education information
  • Employment history & salary information
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs
  • Personal & Political opinions