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How to optimize your blog for mobile

Why optimize your site for mobile? To encourage visitors to return! Have you ever tried to surf a site not optimized for mobile? They are often unreadable, and are often too hard to navigate. Optimization allows websites to adapt their ergonomics to make them more user-friendly and more fluid for use by mobile users. To optimize its SEO is another reason why you should make your blog optimized for mobile. There are mobile factors that are taken into account by search engines to determine the position of a website on the results page, and they are different depending on whether you are connecting from a desktop computer or a mobile device. For example, how the page is displayed on a laptop affects its indexing, but a site that is not optimized for searches via a mobile device will be at a disadvantage when competing for mobile device traffic.

A WordPress Blog

If your website/blog is developed in WordPress then there is nothing easier than optimizing it for mobile use. Install the plugin WP Touch and let yourself be guided during installation. The setting of preferences and graphics via this plugin is all you need to make your blog readable from any laptop or mobile device.

A Joomla Blog

Your website is developed in Joomla with their CMS (Content Management System), and you want it to be readable on Smartphone or tablet? You can download the extension “Joomla Mobile” that allows you to make it more readable on mobile devices. This is a custom-made plugin, so all you need to do is install it and follow its instructions.

HTML and CSS

If your website is developed hard with HTML and CSS, you must create a style that is uniquely for mobile reading. You will need to do this and name the file “mobile.css.” One of the most important things to do in order to optimize your site for a Smartphone is to create a style that is usable with a Smartphone, because you’re not going to want to display the same thing on a PC and a Smartphone. You are going to need to omit some things are like the sidebar, and some images. Other things you may need to add or change to make it perfect–this is why we must create a style sheet (mobile.css).

Adding the file to your host/server

Once you have created your style sheet, it needs to be added to your host or server, which may be done through embedding it into your current website and uploading pages. How you get your style sheet online is going to depend upon your own circumstances. You may be using HTML or your own CMS, so this is a part you will have to figure out yourself (for your own circumstances).

Check on your efforts

Once you are sure that you have created and uploaded your mobile website, you are going to have to check to see if it works. There are online tools that will help you to check the functionality of your mobile website. They are good if you want to thoroughly check every feature, but if you just want a brief overview of whether it functions or not, you need simply to access your site via a smart phone. Explore your mobile website and check any of its tools and a few of its links. If you are happy with it then you can leave it for now and run a full online analysis the next time you update it.

Duplicate content

The rules on this are a little bit blurry, but many people are saying that if your mobile website has the same content (duplicate) as your desktop website–it will be considered duplicate content. This means that one or both of your websites are going to be punished. How true this is–is unknown, but it does not seem like a risk worth taking.

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5 Important Rules in Website Design

When it comes to your website, extra attention should be paid to every minute detail to make sure it performs optimally to serve its purpose. Here are seven important rules of thumb to observe to make sure your website performs well.

1) Do not use splash pages

Splash pages are the first pages you see when you arrive at a website. They normally have a very beautiful image with words like “welcome” or “click here to enter”. In fact, they are just that — pretty vases with no real purpose. Do not let your visitors have a reason to click on the “back” button! Give them the value of your site up front without the splash page.

2) Do not use excessive banner advertisements

Even the least net savvy people have trained themselves to ignore banner advertisements so you will be wasting valuable website real estate. Instead, provide more valueable content and weave relevant affiliate links into your content, and let your visitors feel that they want to buy instead of being pushed to buy.

3) Have a simple and clear navigation

You have to provide a simple and very straightforward navigation menu so that even a young child will know how to use it. Stay away from complicated Flash based menus or multi-tiered dropdown menus. If your visitors don’t know how to navigate, they will leave your site.

4) Have a clear indication of where the user is

When visitors are deeply engrossed in browsing your site, you will want to make sure they know which part of the site they are in at that moment. That way, they will be able to browse relevant information or navigate to any section of the site easily. Don’t confuse your visitors because confusion means “abandon ship”!

5) Avoid using audio on your site

If your visitor is going to stay a long time at your site, reading your content, you will want to make sure they’re not annoyed by some audio looping on and on on your website. If you insist on adding audio, make sure they have some control over it — volume or muting controls would work fine.

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