The number of mobile internet users has been increasing over the years, hence the need for websites to become "mobile-friendly". However, this is not the only justification: since April 2015, it has also become a major criterion for SEO on Google.
For a website to become "mobile friendly" there are several requirements that must be met:
The term "mobile-friendly" applies to websites that can be viewed and accessed from a mobile device (natively supported by smartphone or tablet). These are websites that offer a good browsing experience to mobile users.
Here's what Google considers as being a mobile friendly:
Several techniques can be adopted to make your website more mobile friendly:
Mobile compatibility also represent several challenges for site publishers. They need to follow the new habits of Internet users and adapt the evolution of SEO techniques. According to a survey conducted by French Médiamétrie, 55.7% of French users connect to the internet using their mobile device, namely on commercial websites. Médiamétrie estimates that the share of mobile users on these media increased from 32.5 to 43.5%. Internet users prefer a nomadic access. The proposed content should be in line with the expectations of mobile users and their new browsing habits. A mobile friendly website, should:
Since April 2015, Google changed its algorithm. The search engine wants to give more visibility to websites that can be natively accessed by mobile terminals. Google also announced that sites that do not have a label "mobile-friendly" may be impacted negatively on their SEO. This is a major development for Google, that aims to encourage the amateur and professional site publishers to decline their platform in a mobile version.
The term "mobilegeddon" was mentioned by SEO professionals. In the few days that followed the introduction of this new algorithm, the SEO of several website was impacted. The French Leboncoin.fr (-10.9%) and Premiere.fr (-25.7%).
Google Webmaster Tools provides an online tool to test the compatibility of a mobile website.
Perform the test online:
An alternate website designed to be viewed from a mobile device. The url is usually preceded by an "m.".
The responsive design uses CSS3 properties to adapt the website to different screen resolutions. The columns and images are automatically adjusted and resized according to the resolution of the device.
Learn more about responsive design: advantages and disadvantages.
Most content management systems provide support for mobile version of websites, either in their latest updates or through the installation of a dedicated extension.
Compatibility can be verified using the Google Webmaster Tools:
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