The big news today is that smartphone shipments exceeded computer shipments for the first time. Have you ever checked your website in a mobile browser?
If you haven’t, try signing up for a free trial with BrowserCam. I’ve used that service for many years and they offer a number of options to test your website on various smartphone models. You can see a sample screengrab on the right – that’s this website on an iPhone. Or ask your friends if you can test your website on their phones – try it out, move the cursor around, navigate to different pages and put yourself in the shoes of a visitor.
Here’s some things to look at when you test your website on a smartphone:
- Is your address and phone number easily selectable? This is key if you have a retail location and the visitor wants to call you, or copy and paste your address into a mapping application.
- Do you have Flash elements that won’t show up on some phones?
- Do you have mouseover items, such as a drop down menu? Remember, there is no such thing as a mouseover on a smartphone or touchscreen device.
- How fast does the site download?
If you run into problems, redoing your entire website is not necessarily the answer. There are options to provide a better experience to your mobile visitors, using stylesheets optimized specifically for smartphone visitors. Ask your web developer. Or, if you don’t have a web developer, leave your website address in the comments below and I can provide some feedback.