It recently came to my attention (ok, so I’m a little slow), that most human beings on the planet who are connected to the internet are doing so not via computer, like me, but via a tablet or phone. We recently had to replace a dead laptop and the whippersnapper at the store told that laptops are basically passe. I ignored this little conversation until a friend recently brought to my attention that google had it out for old school people like me.
Why? Because, as of last month, google got persnikety and decided than any website that is not mobile-friendly, or to use my newly-acquired lingo “responsive” may be penalized in google rankings. Not cool.
So, I ran my website through a mobile-friendly test a few days ago and it failed miserably. I’d been blissfully unaware that the font of my site was microscopic when viewed on a phone. Which means now I have to find a way to re-work my site so it can be seen by humans, not ants. This entails either creating some sort of additional version of my site for mobile devices on my host, godaddy, or creating a brand new site, which would actually be a wordpress blog masquerading as a normal website. It has been labor-intensive and confusing looking through a zillion wordpress “themes” to find one that is “responsive” but will show off my paintings without looking like the very trendy yet overtly flashy and crowded pinterest-style blogs. I can’t even make heads or tails of the “demos” of the wordpress themes, finding it impossible to envision how my content would look on them.
So for now, I am running a little experiment here on my wordpress blog. I’ve just chosen a new wordpress “theme” which is “responsive.” This means (in theory) that more people will now be able to peruse my blog via tablet or cell phone and actually see more than a tiny portion of each image I upload. How cool is that? 🙂
So we’ll see what happens. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear your stories, advice about dealing with making your content more “responsive.”