More than 200 million Americans use their mobile devices to access internet search engines. How many of these do you suppose are looking for dental offices nearby? If your dental practice isn’t easy to access via mobile search, or if your website appears skewed or takes way too long to load on a mobile phone or tablet, you could hand business over to your more mobile-savvy competitors. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to control the way your website looks and functions via mobile search.
1. Test Your Site
It’s possible all your worry is unnecessary. Depending upon who built the website for your dental practice, it may already check all the boxes that make it mobile-compatible. You can check by visiting Google’s Mobile Friendly Test Link. Enter your URL in the box and click Test URL. Google will run a quick search to see how well your site performs via mobile search. If all is well, you’ll see a screenshot of your main page and a message that says Page is Mobile Friendly. If your site is performing subpar, you can click on the Mobile Usability Report to see what went wrong.
2. Tweak Your Site’s Responsiveness
Responsive design means that your site looks nice across all digital devices, from a computer screen to a tablet or smartphone. Responsive design is built into many website templates. So if you built your own site via platforms such as WordPress or GoDaddy, you probably used a responsive template. Then again, if your website is an older site that was built years ago and hasn’t been updated, you may want to hire someone to tweak your site’s responsiveness.
3. Focus on Loading Speed
If it takes your site 5 seconds or more to load on a mobile device, you’ve already lost a large segment of the population that’s not willing to wait. While 5 seconds sounds ridiculously fast, when talking website loading times, it’s practically prehistoric. Talk to your web designer about lag and loading times to bring your website up to mobile standards.
If you’d like experienced help to improve the mobile friendliness of your dental website, call Digital Healthcare Professionals today for a consultation.