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Why is it March Madness for Non-Mobile-Friendly Websites? (Part 2)

basketball hoopFor the last couple of weeks we have been talking about mobile friendly websites and what needs to be done if your website is not mobile friendly.  In case you were wondering if your website is mobile friendly, go to Google’s mobile-friendly test, type in your website address, and Google will run a series of tests to determine if it is mobile friendly.

Last week, I talked about the options you have to get your website mobile friendly if it wasn’t mobile friendly already.  However, that is just the “what” aspect of making your site mobile friendly.  I think it is also important to know the “how” aspect of making your website mobile friendly so you know what to expect.

This is not a quick fix!  We have found that for WordPress websites, is takes approximately 20 – 25 hours to make a website mobile friendly.  This is the case for websites that are converting their existing design to be mobile friendly or for websites that are selecting a new pre-made design from websites like Theme Forest, Elegant Themes, etc.  Below are descriptions of what to expect with either of these options:

  • When converting an existing WordPress theme, most of the time involved (75%-80%) is in the development/coding of the design to be mobile friendly.  However, after that is complete, there is still time put into installing & testing the theme, having any errors corrected, and testing again.
  • When selecting a new pre-made design from websites like Theme Forest or Elegant Themes, there is time spent researching new themes.  This often times takes longer than expected, especially if you are particular about the colors, style, and layout of your new design.  After purchasing the theme and installing it into the WordPress website, often times there is customization required to make sure that all the previous content displays properly (header, content body, footer).  Then it is wise to review the site to make sure that the content displays properly and that all the previous functionality (plugins) work correctly.  If there are any errors found in the review, there will be time needed to correct the errors.

Have you gone through the process of checking the mobile friendliness of your site?  If it wasn’t mobile friendly, what are your plans?  Please post your comments and thoughts below!

If you are interested in taking your website to the next level with a new, mobile friendly design, please contact us here!

 

 

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Mark Steinbrueck

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

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