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Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update – What it means for Web Designers

Google recently announced that it will soon make big changes to its algorithm that elevates “mobile-friendliness” as a requirement for sites to perform well in its search rankings.

As part of the announcement, starting April 21st, 2015, Google will not only start labeling sites as “mobile-friendly”, but if your site does not the Google standards for this measurement, then you will see a drop in your mobile search engine result rankings. According to Search Engine Watch</a>, 46% of users use mobile exclusively as a primary research tool, so ensuring that your site meets Google’s standards is increasingly important.

Google has provided a simple and fast way to check your site’s mobile-friendliness via the Mobile Friendly Test tool. Simply type your website’s URL into the search bar, give it a few seconds to process, and your results will appear.

If you use the tool and your results show the site is not mobile-friendly, Google tells you exactly what needs to be done to your site to make it mobile-friendly. The Mobile-Friendly Test also provides a preview of any major errors the Googlebot encounters when crawling your website, so this one is probably worth performing just to see how your site measures up.

If your site is not mobile friendly by April 15th, your rankings will fall. Fortunately, there are several options to remedy this problem including making your site responsive or creating a separate mobile site. If you decide to make a separate mobile site vs. a responsive design site, it’s wise to consider running the report to see where you stand in the eyes of Google.

Here are 9 Things You Need to Know About Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

What do you think about Google’s changes to their search ranking algorithm?

UX Storytellers Tell Their Stories – FREE eBook

Very good reading! User Experience stories from UX experts! From the IxDA website: In this free eBook, ‘UX Storytellers – Connecting the Dots’, 42 UX masterminds tell personal stories of their exciting lives as User Experience professionals. The book brings together authors from around the world who paint a very entertaining picture of our multifacetedContinue Reading

Mandel presents to Denver University’s Daniels College of Business on “Golden Rules of Web Design”

  Theo Mandel, Ph.D. gives an invited presentation – “Golden Rules of Web Design” – to a Digital Marketing graduate course at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver September 27, 2010 Denver, Colorado

No more vacation: How technology is stealing our lives

Have we become too dependent on our mobile computers and devices? This article answers the question: “E-mail and smart phones were supposed to liberate us. So why does it feel like we never have any free time?” Things may have gotten worse than we thought: “There’s been a lot written about how the beeping andContinue Reading

Healthcare IT News: Health 2.0 2010 Developer Challenge

This is a wonderful community effort! The Health 2.0 2010 Developer Challenge was launched on June 2nd, 2010 at the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) meeting at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), with support from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Here’s what it’s all about: Health 2.0’s original tag line of ‘user-generatedContinue Reading

Reaching Retirees: Web Design for Senior Users

Good article by Design For Use on web design for seniors. Here’s the summary: “With the aging population and increased reliance on internet resources, improving the online experience of senior and retired users can facilitate greater success and knowledge about the web. While the common practices of increased text size, button size, and simplified layoutContinue Reading

Reverse Psychology – Microsoft makes Game out of the Office Ribbon

In the spirit of the developer’s credo – “That’s not a bug, that’s a feature!” – Microsoft has created a game that gives users points for finding and using commands on the Office Ribbon toolbar. Usually companies don’t point out their usability issues and problems, but Microsoft’s manager of Office programs, Jennifer Michelstein decided to tryContinue Reading

Gifts for User Experience Geeks 2009

Just in time for the Christmas Holiday! Very thorough list of gifts for UX geeks! http://www.nickfinck.com/blog/entry/gifts_for_user_experience_geeks_2009/

Theo Mandel’s “Golden Rules of Web Design” Keynote Presentation – User eXperience Russia, October 2009

Theo Mandel, Ph.D. was invited to give a keynote presentation at the User eXperience Russia conference in Moscow, Russia, on October 26, 2009. Mandel’s keynote, “The (New) Golden Rules of Web Design,” is an new presentation based on a chapter from the well-known book, The Elements of User Interface Design (John Wiley & Sons, 1997).Continue Reading

Hilarious Google “Opt-Out” Parody

The Onion, a famous print and online parody newspaper, has a hilarious news video parody of Google’s “Opt-Out” policy. >

Google Releases News-Reading Service

Google, long seen as an enemy by many in the news industry, is making a bold attempt to be seen as a friend with a new service it hopes will make it easier for readers to read newspaper and magazine articles. On September 14, 2009, the company introduced an experimental news hub called Fast FlipContinue Reading

Why Adults Have Fed Twitter

Very interesting results from a study on twitter usage. It turns out older people are using twitter more than young people – not the results you would expect from a new social networking experience. “The tech industry has been perplexed by the fact that Twitter has grown extraordinarily quickly even though young people do notContinue Reading