In the early days of the Internet, there was only one way people could view your website or content: with their computer. But with the ever-growing number of devices people can use to browse online content and connect to people around the world, the need to make that content accessible to people, regardless of what device they’re using, is increasing.
While some people still prefer to read longer pieces of content on larger screens like computers, there is an increasing amount of people consuming content mainly on their smartphone or other smaller device. Knowing this, it’s important for bloggers or other content creators to make a blog or website that can be used just as effectively on a small screen as it can on a large screen.
To help with this, here are three ways you can make your blog or long pieces of content more appealing when viewed on smaller devices.
Many bloggers or business owners have fallen into the trap of creating a beautiful website that looks amazing on a desktop computer but then can’t be viewed the same way on a tablet or smartphone. All the time and money that was put into the amazing design is now wasted because a huge portion of your audience can’t experience your content the way you intended. To avoid this, consider using responsive design when creating any website or blog in the future.
Marko Saric of HowToMakeMyBlog.com shares that responsive design enables your site to adapt to any size of screen your visitors are using. This takes the worry away that your visitor won’t get the right experience with your blog or website. Responsive design makes it so that regardless of the way your visitor is viewing your content—be it in a smaller browser window on a computer, on their tablet, or a tiny smartphone screen—they won’t have to adjust the view or scroll around to view the content in the right manner.
When you have a lot of content, it’s a good idea to steer clear of frilly, fancy fonts that could make your content harder to see and, therefore, difficult to read. However, this is even more important when it comes to reading blogs on smartphones or other small screens.
Ivana Kitanovic, a contributor to Business2Community.com, shares that the best fonts to use for your blog are san serifs because there aren’t any superfluous lines to the font that make it difficult to read the text. Many successful bloggers use Roboto, but really any san serif font will work if you’re concerned about how your content will translate to smaller screens—which you should be.
Another aspect of your blog that can get in the way if your content doesn’t adequately convert from a larger screen to a smaller screen is the menu. Julie of FabulousBlogging.com informs us that because people are less likely to just browse around your blog or website from a mobile device or another small screen, it doesn’t make sense to keep your entire menu there to clutter up the limited space. Rather, try creating a minimized version of your menu to include in the mobile version of your blog or website so your visitors can just focus on the content without all the disruption.
Mobile devices, smartphones and other technologies that employ smaller screens can make life so much more convenient. However, this convenience deteriorates when the content you want to consume on a small screen isn’t palatable. Use the tips mentioned above to update your blog so that regardless of how someone is viewing it, they can see each word you have to say without trouble.