The time has come to say web design for mobile phones and tablets should be a priority. Rip to the desktop computer. You see with so many people on cell phones searching for stuff on the web, you would be a fool to not optimize your site for them. As a matter a fact, if you dont believe us check out Googles very own words right here.
This is an article from their blog about a 4 years ago where they give a check list:
Tuesday, December 10, 2013Webmaster Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Unsure where to begin improving your smartphone website? Wondering how to prioritize all the advice? We just published a checklist to help provide an efficient approach to mobile website improvement. Several topics in the checklist link to a relevant business case or study, other topics include a video explaining how to make data from Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools actionable during the improvement process. Copied below are shortened sections of the full checklist. Please let us know if there’s more you’d like to see, or if you have additional topics for us to include.
Step 1: Stop frustrating your customers
How to make quick fixes in mobile site performance and compare your site to the competition (slides)
- Remove cumbersome extra windows from all mobile user-agents | Google recommendation, Article
- Overlays, especially to download apps (instead consider a banner such as iOS 6+ Smart App Banners or equivalent, side navigation, email marketing, etc.).
- Survey requests prior to task completion.
- Provide device-appropriate functionality
- Remove features that require plugins or videos not available on a user's device (e.g., Adobe Flash isn't playable on an iPhone or on Android versions 4.1 and higher). | Business case
- Serve tablet users the desktop version (or if available, the tablet version). | Study
- Check that full desktop experience is accessible on mobile phones, and if selected, remains in full desktop version for duration of the session (i.e., user isn't required to select "desktop version" after every page load). | Study
- Correct high traffic, poor user-experience mobile pages
How to correct high-traffic, poor user-experience mobile pages with data from Google Analytics bounce rate and events (slides)
- Make quick fixes in performance (and continue if behind competition) | Business case
- To see all topics in “Stop frustrating your customers,” please see the full Checklist for mobile website improvement.
To read the rest of the story you will have to go to their website https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2013/12/checklist-and-videos-for-mobile-website.html
When the worlds largest search engine advises you a check list to improving your web design for mobile, you should do it. The consequences of not doing this is huge.
Now that you know, go out and get your website redone.