If you’re getting a service to build a website for you, or perhaps a single page or a tool like an ordering service, then it is absolutely crucial that you ensure the site is going to be mobile friendly. This is something that is important for any business. But it is even more important if you are in the catering industry and you’re building a website or page to take orders. Here are some reasons why a mobile responsive website should be considered compulsory.
What is Mobile Responsive?
First though, we should probably go over what ‘mobile responsive’ actually means in the first place. And the answer is simple: a mobile responsive website is a website that is friendly for use on mobile.
Actually, that is what we call ‘mobile friendliness’. Mobile responsiveness describes web design that is friendly in a very specific way. Essentially, this means that a website responds to the display it is being viewed on by altering its layout and its design.
A mobile friendly website is one that has large buttons that can be touched with a finger instead of a mouse, that has large font to be read on a smaller display and that doesn’t need to be scrolled sideways.
This encompasses mobile responsiveness, which means the website will become mobile friendly when it is loaded up onto a mobile device. If the user loads your site on a desktop, it should show more information and should be ideal for navigating with a mouse and keyboard. If they load it on a mobile phone, then the images will become smaller, certain elements will be removed and the text will appear larger and centred.
Why it Matters
So why is this so important?
Well the first and most obvious reason is that a lot of people are going to be ordering your food on their mobile devices. This is particularly common for a takeaway, when people might want to pass a phone around a party for ordering, or when they might not be at home when they’re ordering. Maybe they’re staying in a hotel for instance and don’t have access to a computer?
If your visitors need to squint and scroll around the screen, then they’re not going to trust the ordering system and they’re likely to look elsewhere for their food. At the very least, they’re unlikely to consider the experience pleasurable and might look elsewhere next time.
Mobile responsiveness also has important benefits beyond that though too. For one, it actually increases the likelihood that they’ll find your website on Google to begin with. That’s because Google is aware of just how many people tend to use mobiles when browsing the web. Because Google wants to show its users the best, highest quality content, that means that it will actually help mobile friendly sites to rise through the ranks while penalizing sites that aren’t mobile friendly.
Google has mandated that all sites should make some attempt to introduce mobile-friendly design sensibilities and if you don’t follow suit, your visitor count will suffer!