In this lesson, we’ll learn How to Build a Responsive, Mobile-Friendly Site as well as:
Welcome! I’m Leighton, your webmaster. Today, we’re going to make our website mobile-friendly! How important is mobile? Well, have you ever visited a website on your smartphone? More importantly, when you do browse the Web on your phone, have you ever come across a website that clearly wasn’t made for the small screen? Perhaps you had to zoom in just to read… things were difficult to tap on… You tapped the wrong thing then had to keep tapping the back button! These pain points cause frustration, and frustrated visitors rarely become customers. And speaking of customers, about half of all online shopping is done on mobile devices, so yes, it is wise and economical to support mobile. In business terms, when you are trying to sell a mobile site to a potential client, you could say… it’ll pay for itself! Sell benefits! Not facts! I repeat, sell benefits, not facts!
So you want a mobile-friendly site, but how do you go about building one? Well, it needs to be optimized for that small screen. For example… would a hiker wear flip flops on a trail? I sure hope not! Those are perfect for the beach, but for hiking, you take the shoes that have been “optimized” for that activity! The ones that are most “friendly” to your feet. In a similar way, to “optimize” your website, you want to make sure it’s “friendly” to all sorts of devices. Desktops. Tablets. Smartphones. Each needing a design tailored to the appropriate screen size. We accomplish that with what’s called “responsive web design.” Before we dive into our website, let’s define a few key terms:
With all that clear in our mind, let’s start designing a mobile-friendly site!
DEMONSTRATE RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN
DEMONSTRATE DIVI’S MOBILE TOOLS
RECAP: What have we learned? 1) Mobile-friendliness is required for a successful website. 2) Responsive web design ensures websites are optimized for all screen sizes. 3) Divi’s built-in tools let you fine-tune your designs to fit all standard screen sizes.
By now, you’ve seen how to design web pages, but how do you know what to build? You start with a blank slate… where do you go from there? That’s what we’ll consider in the next lesson.
I’m Leighton, and now you know… how to build a mobile-friendly website!
Check out your website on your smartphone. Optimize it to your liking within Divi. Play around with Chrome’s Developer Tools to see how responsive design works on various websites.