Here’s how to make sure your site is ready for Google’s algorithm changes.
Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly
Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking:
- How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly?
- What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly?
1. See if your site is mobile-friendly
Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., http://dailypost.wordpress.com or http://automattic.com). Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not.
Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
2. What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly?
If your site failed Google’s test, you might be using an older theme that’s not responsive. Responsive themes change their layout slightly when someone visits via tablet or mobile phone to ensure that important content like the site title, post titles, and post content can be read on smaller screens.
Goran is one example of a responsive theme. Here’s a sample of what it looks like on desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones:
There are two things you can do to make your site mobile-friendly:
- Switch your theme to a responsive theme. Here’s a search on the Theme Showcase returning all our responsive themes to help you choose.
- If you’d prefer not to switch to a responsive theme, you can enable an option that will show a mobile-friendly, responsive theme to your mobile visitors only. Go to My Site(s) → WP Admin → Appearance → Mobile in your dashboard. Click on the Yes radio button to enable a mobile-friendly theme, and click on the Update button. You’re set.
- Apr 22, 2015 @ 5:55 pm
Storyteller (www.laskowitzpictures.org) is not mobile friendly according to Google. They want me to change my text size, the space between my links, open mobile view port (whatever that is) and my content is too wide for the page.
Wow. I use a WordPress template, The text is how WordPress created it. The links are how WordPress set them, I have no idea what a mobile view port is and again, my content width is whatever WordPress said it should be.
I’m a photographer, not a coder. I trusted that WordPress would provide the proper templates and coding. Apparently not.
it’s interesting that there is no obvious definition of what constitutes ‘mobile-friendly’. it’s hinted that it involves — but is not limited to — things like the necessity to zoom or scroll. i think far more important is “is the content and functionality of the mobile site EXACTLY THE SAME as the ‘real’ site? this criterion is never mentioned (or if it is, it’s not obvious).
I have created two sites and both passed the test and are mobile friendly. The screen shot is exactly correct.
But I didn’t understand Pass GO and collect $200 from community chest. I didn’t see any GO link or button anywhere.
So please explain to me how I can collect my 400$.
Thanks a million. (Now I never had and will most likely would never have million dollars)
My site was not mobile friendly, by adopting ur advice got it changed. I am still looking for right theme though.