Technology and innovation have changed people’s lifestyles. Tech-savvy people consider mobile devices to be their workstations. Mobile devices are easy to carry and provide convenient access to the internet as and when needed. In the current scenario, websites need to be effective on all modern devices, particularly smartphones. Google is very strict about issues related to the mobile usability of websites. Sites that do not provide an enjoyable experience for mobile users are ranked low by Google search algorithms and policies.
Google announced its policies known to site owners. An official announcement was made that the Google search console should find the mobile-friendliness of the website to be an important aspect of deciding the rank of the site.
You can easily test if your site has met the criteria needed to qualify as ‘mobile-friendly.’ All you need to do is:
- Login to your Google Webmaster Tools account.
- Click the ‘Search Traffic’ section of the Mobile Usability section.
How is Google search Console helpful?
- Google Search Console or Google Webmaster Tools provides communication between Google and the admins of the website, or more appropriately, the webmaster.
- The Google Search Console helps you report issues related to your website.
- Google Search Console also keeps refurbishing you with some kind of malicious software that targets your website.
- You don’t have to pay for it because it’s free of charge.
It is a frustrating experience for users to open a website that shows improper display— text too small, or out of frame, plugins that are incompatible, or viewports that are not properly mounted. So, Google Search Console deals mainly with six types of errors:
- Text that does not fit in the screen area.
- Clickable elements have all crammed together.
- Small text that’s hard to read.
- Incompatible plug-ins
- The viewport is not set correctly.
- The viewport is not set to the width of the device.
How to fix the issues of mobile usability
1. Text that does not fit in the screen area
This error occurs when Google Boots scans the site and reports the issue of ‘Contents wider than the screen’. ‘Contents wider than the screen’ is a CSS error. CSS error also happens when images are configured for a particular resolution or images and text is set to ‘absolute value’. This error can be resolved by resetting the values to ‘relative’ and positive numbers when stating CSS.
2. Clickable elements have all crammed together
What’s the matter with clickable components packed together?
You end up clicking something else when you’re trying to select something because there’s hardly enough space between the two items.
This could be quite hostile! Space should be properly managed while designing websites and placing web elements on a web page.
Viewport should also respond to all modern systems from which your site can be accessed. HTML sites should have an initial viewport scale set to 1.0. You can pick sensitive themes and plugins for WordPress platforms.
3. Issue of undersized text
Users also find it difficult to read the text of a website on mobile devices due to small font sizes. Google Search Console identifies a small text problem as a CSS error. There may be an error in the viewport.
The error can be fixed by setting the viewport to the appropriate scale. You will need to set the font size to ‘relative’ and the minimum font width to 575 px.
4. Issue of Incompatible plugins
Google Search Console reports this error to pages that are incompatible with mobile viewing. Care should be taken to update every old version of Php to HTML5. Plugins should be updated on a regular basis. Plugins that are not mobile-friendly should be uninstalled.
5. Issue of viewport is not set correctly.
The viewport plays a vital role in website responsiveness. It is the viewport that builds web pages to the device used for viewing. Viewport adjusts the size of the device –smaller for mobile phones and larger for desktops and laptops.
Pages of the HTML5 website should be updated to include the meta tag viewport in the header section to resolve viewport issues.
<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1″>
Now let us know each part of the viewport tag:
<meta> – It contains instructions for the browser for scaling the dimensions of the page.
width– This section of the tag sets the width of the page to the screen of the device used.
initial-scale– This part of the viewport tag sets the initial zoom as 1 for pages viewed on a browser.
6. Viewport is not set to the width of the device.
This kind of error report is produced by the Google search console when the viewport tag is included in the header segment, but the width= device-width and the initial-scale=1.0 section of the tag is kept out. Excluding this part, the viewport does not respond to other devices.
The Mobile Usability Tester is a tool that lets you check how the page looks on your mobile device.
Validating your site for errors
Google recrawls the webpages that have been fixed. When all instances of an issue have been resolved, the status table is displayed as fixed.
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