Are You Freaking Out About This Mobile Friendly Business?

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Freaking Out About Mobile Compliancy on Your Website?

 

We've been getting a lot of phone calls and emails lately about mobile compliancy, and to be honest I havent' had a chance to write a blog about it until now because of the influx in these calls. Google will be using mobile friendly as a ranking factor starting April 21, 2015. Google will naturally be moving mobile friendly sites to the top of the list.


 

If you're not sure that your site is mobile compliant you can simply test your site by going to the mobile friendly testing link here https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ Google will tell you if the content matches the screen or if your links are too close together. It will also use resources to find out if your site is blocking certain robots to search the site. Mobile Friendly sites

 

If you have WordPress site this is a easy fix but it does involve a little bit of time. You have three options if you have a WordPress website in order to make it mobile friendly: you can change the theme to a mobile friendly theme or template; you could install the jet pack with a dedicated plug-in designed to make your existing site mobile friendly, or we can customize a plug in for your site that will make it mobile compliant and stick with your theme. (If you choose a plug in over a mobile compliant theme you may experience some navigation issues on the mobile side)

Now, if you don't have a WordPress website you'll want to talk with your website provider or host in order to move your site to a more mobile friendly layouts. Many of these large website providers are actually moving to WordPress and charging hundreds if not thousands of dollars to do so. This might be the best time to move over to a WordPress site on your own. If you choose to go with a WordPress site through your existing website provider you are still under their thumb and don't have full ownership of your sites. We are always promoting ownership of your domain and your website files, so this might be a good time to move everything over to your own WordPress site and have it hosted on your own server or through a server such as Go Daddy, Blue Host or even one of our servers. This means that no matter what IDX you go with or if you change the theme you never lose any of your content and it never needs to be moved again.

Click Here to see a screen cast of  how to install jetpack mobile

Mobile friendly site

If you choose a new theme you may have a lot of work on your hands because you will probably need to resize or even re-create your logo, move the content or menu features around and reorganize your navigation. This is not hard but it is tedious.

 

 

If you're looking for help on mobilizing your site or just have some questions you can always give us a call or send us an email and we be happy to answer any questions you have and offer some tips, suggestions or even pricing on letting us do it for you.

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  1. Praful Thakkar 04/02/2015 09:32 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Thank you Tammy, one thing is for sure, the constantly technology is keeping us on our toes to keep up.

Apr 01, 2015 09:18 PM #26
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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It is becoming clear that knowing about this cyberspace navigation is mandatory

Apr 02, 2015 12:16 AM #27
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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Squarespace is who I have my website through. They're design and layouts are modern and sleek and they are very mobile friendly. 

Apr 02, 2015 01:32 AM #28
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Christi Farrington
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Thank you, Tammy.  You always have great information that you so willingly share with all of us! Most appreciated!

Apr 02, 2015 02:32 AM #29
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I have a Wordpress site and have already emailed my web guy about helping me change mine over.  It's on the to-do list!  Thanks for the reminder!

Apr 02, 2015 02:42 AM #30
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

I have several websites hosted on GoDaddy.  Some of them are old designs created before smart mobile devices.  I ran the Google check, did some reading, made a few adjustments for responsive design and updated my websites.  Now, they get high scores for mobile friendly. 

Apr 02, 2015 02:53 AM #31
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Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Bookmarked for my Realtor friends that refuse to pay attention even after all this time...

Apr 02, 2015 03:23 AM #32
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Michael Blue
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How Easy Is THAT test!  I passed and was green lighted.

Apr 02, 2015 05:00 AM #33
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Ed Silva
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I will have to runs some tests for my sites. Somehow there seems to be a lack of common sense when we are making changes to allow a server that is trying to maximize advertising dollars to dictate how our web sites should be formatted

Apr 02, 2015 05:15 AM #34
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Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

Tammy,

Thanks for the link. Much to my surprise my site is mobile friendly. This is whay activerain is so important to be a member of!

Apr 03, 2015 01:56 AM #35
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Mary Ann Benoit
Northern Lights Home Staging and Design LLC - Seward, AK

Thanks for the link. I checked my site which I recently built on wordpress and it passed. Yeah!

Apr 03, 2015 02:39 PM #36
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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Interesting.  Thanks for the link to the test site.  I am sending this article to my partner who does the web site stuff.

Apr 06, 2015 07:32 AM #37
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Tammy,

Wow. Interesting.

Apr 07, 2015 11:42 AM #38
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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
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A super post I came across among the many archieves and frequent bloggers. Thanks for being apart of Active Rain.-

Apr 12, 2015 01:32 PM #39
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Tammy - I ran my site through. It is a Joomla site and it passed.  Lots of people are beginning to freak out.

 

Apr 15, 2015 09:48 AM #40
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Quite a few big sites will be in a for an awakening.

Apr 20, 2015 11:10 AM #41
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Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Don't have wordpress, checked our two websites and both are mobile friendly.  We all really appreciate you Tammy Emineth 

May 18, 2015 01:51 AM #42
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Tammy:  Something I've seen much written about ... and up to this point I've assumed that because my website is through a Lender's software company ... Encompass to be precise ... that I have little at my disposal to correct the issues regarding mobile visibility, etc.  But I thought I might as well ask you .. an expert ... regarding this, Tammy Emineth.  Is there anything I can do to improve or make my website more mobile friendly?  I have little recourse but to use my company-approved site because of compliance issues ...

Thanks for whatever info you can provide ...

Gene  

Nov 11, 2015 06:56 AM #43
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Tammy Emineth
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Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com , if you have to use their site and can't get them to upgrade there really is not much you can do. It shows that your site is not mobile friendly. Maybe if they knew how important it was they would do something?

Nov 12, 2015 03:47 AM #44
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I appreciate your input, comments, and help Tammy Emineth ... and I have pointed out how important this is ... especially after the recent changes to Google, etc.  But ... 'til now have had no luck or success in upgrades being made.  I'll continue trying.  I figured that would be what I heard from you ... but thought I'd give it a shot.  Again, thank you so much ... it is appreciated.

Gene 

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