how to optimize your site for mobile devices

Over the past decade, the number of people accessing the Internet on mobile phones has surged. 58.26% of all web traffic came through mobile phones as of May 2022. 

That is a rapidly growing number. 

So, what does this mean? This continuous growth suggests the importance for consumers to be able to access the Internet, on the go. As a business owner, this means ensuring you buy a domain and build a business website. Furthermore, that the website is fit for mobile devices. 

Here are 6 reasons why it is time to make your website mobile friendly, and how to do so.

Why is Mobile Important?

As stated above, mobile makes up for over half of all web traffic! 

There are many reasons why. For some people, their smartphone is the only computer they own. Therefore, all researching and shopping is done on their mobile. For others, their phone acts as their on the go computer. They use it to research/ look things up and sometimes use it to shop online. 

However, as technology has developed over the last decade, it has become easier and easier to shop online via mobile phones. New technology like face ID, Apple Pay, etc makes online shopping instantaneous and hassle free. 

Here are a few more reasons why mobile is important: 

  • Mobile friendly sites rank higher on Google, and other search engines. 
  • A lot of site traffic comes from mobile, meaning you could miss out on traffic without it 
  • Users make purchases immediately, instead of saving it for later on their desktop 
  • A website that does not fit a mobile screen will lead to a poor customer experience
  • Users are 5 times more likely to leave your site if it is no mobile friendly 

How to Optimize Your Site For Mobile Devices

After buying a domain name and building your website, it is important to spend the time on making it mobile-friendly.

Here are a few ways to optimize your site for mobile:

1. Design With Your Customers in Mind

When designing your site, you should keep your customers at the front of your mind. 

Put yourself in your customers shoes. What would make their shopping experience better? How can you format the site to fit their needs? What would they want to see from your mobile website? 

Here are some things to think about:

  • Font readability and font size
  • Number of tabs 
  • Button/link sizes 
  • Number of images and graphics
  • Easy navigation 
  • Popular products at home page

2. Easy Navigation

Easy navigation directly correlates with customer experience. 

When online shopping, it’s sometimes hard to find what you are looking for. Especially on a smaller screen. If your customers are spending too much time searching your site, they may leave. 

Structure your site to be easy to navigate, without forcing your customers to zoom in and out. Choose a clear, easy to read font. Format your site to a mobile device, leaving 3-4 tabs at the top of the page so customers can easily find the area they are looking for. Additionally, consider cutting back on some images and videos from your desktop website so you do not overcrowd your mobile version. 

3. Quick Site Loading

Almost half of all users will leave a mobile site that takes longer than 2 to 3 seconds to load. Why? Because one in two mobile users expect their webpage to load in less than 2 seconds. People want searching and shopping to be fast, and expect your site to do the same.  

Minimize the load time of your website and increase the amount of site traffic (and sales). 

4. Optimize Product Listings

If you want customers to make purchases, you need to ensure your product listings are working properly. 

This means ensuring that all images link to a new page. Additionally, those links and buttons are working. Furthermore, make sure that all important information is displayed next to the product listing so customers do not have to go searching. This includes price, dimensions, warranty, “add to cart”, etc. 

5. Call To Action

Oftentimes, customers are using their phone for quick, on the go searches and purchases. 

Give your customers some direction, and help them quicken the shopping experience with a call to action. Additionally, minimize the steps it takes for your customers to find what they are looking for.

A general rule is 1-3 clicks for your customers to find what they need. Whether that is contacting you, searching for a product or checking out. Offer shortcuts or pop ups to immediately bring your customer to a popular page. 

6. Make Purchasing Easy

If you want people purchasing from your website, both on desktop and online, you need to make the checkout process seamless. 

How can you make purchasing easy?

Reduce Checkout Steps

A checkout process with too many steps leaves customers too many opportunities to abandon their purchase. 

For a mobile site checkout, ask for necessary information like name, address and email. Leave out extra questions like asking to join an email list, becoming a member, etc.

Payment Options

Another way to make the checkout process swift is to accept many payment options. This makes checkout fast and easy for all of your customers.

Have an option for Apple Pay, PayPal, Shop Pay, card number etc.


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