Editing the Mobile Site- Website Builder

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Optimizing your site to be mobile friendly is crucial nowadays. Over 50% of all internet users are browsing on some type of mobile device. These screens are smaller and tend to have more limited functionality, so you need to edit your site to make the easiest possible experience for your site visitors. It is all about making a bigger impact with a smaller space. 

That first section of your site that is visible on a mobile device is the place to put your most important information. This includes company name and logo, a smaller navigation menu, contact information, call to action, or a picture. 

In Website Builder, there is a part of the builder specifically designed to help optimize your mobile site. In the builder, in the bar at the top of the page, there is an icon that looks like a mobile device. Click that to access the mobile editor:




It is suggested to edit the mobile AS YOU GO. Make a few changes in the desktop builder, then switch to mobile and fix it there as well. Our system will create the mobile site based off of what you build for the desktop, but it might not place all elements in your desired order. You will need to check every page and make sure the elements are displaying in the proper order as you go. This will save you a lot of time and headache later. 

There are many things to do in the desktop version to make the content display in the mobile site better. 

  1. Center your text. Highlight the text in the desktop side of the builder and click the "center" option.




  2. Remove "Dead Space" in text boxes. This is space at the end of your text taken up with empty lines. Just click on the very end of your text and use the Delete button on your keyboard. 


  3. Don't use "Enter" to create space in text boxes if you want to add a picture or element in the middle. This will not translate properly to mobile. Instead, create two separate text boxes. The same thing applies to Titles and Paragraphs. 


  4. Use settings such as background color with elements whenever possible, instead of layering colored boxes under elements. This also does not translate well to mobile. 
    Just click the text box, then click More and look for this icon:



  5. Change images to the layout "Fit". This will help images not cut off in mobile, because they will fit the image the best it can in the space provided. It should not make much difference in the desktop version. 
    Just click on the image, click More and click on the Drop Down Menu for the layout. Choose "Fit"




  6. Elements in the mobile version are stuck in the section they are placed in. You cannot, for example, move something from the bottom of the page to the top, two sections above.  To move it that much, you will need to change the section it is connected to in the main site.


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There are some things you will need to change from the desktop version to the mobile:

       1. The navigation menu. If you only have 2-3 pages, you can   get away with having a navigation menu with buttons for each page. More than that, you'll want to have one button that expands your menu. This goes back to utilizing that space on the site the best you can. Navigation menus for a lot of pages will take up too much room.
In the mobile editor, click on the navigation menu, click Advanced, and change the menu type to "Menu Button"





       2. If you add a Photo Gallery, you will want to change the settings for that gallery specifically in the mobile. It will show all images in a single column, which is a lot for your visitors to scroll through. You'll want to click on the gallery, click Advanced, turn off "Show On All Pages", set it to only show one or two images at once, and set Gallery Transitions.




       3. If large text is cut off or not displaying properly on the mobile site, you'll want to follow the instructions in this article.


       4. If the background you place in your desktop site does not work as well in the mobile, you can change that as well, by clicking on the background, clicking on Style, and turn "Mobile Custom Style" on. You can remove images and set the color from here.





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If some elements don't work in mobile as well as they do on the main site, you can hide them in the mobile view. To do this, simply click the element in question, and click the "Hide In Mobile" icon.
If you decide you want to show that element again, simply click "Settings" on the left, and find it under "Hidden Elements", hover over it with your mouse, and click the icon to un-hide it.



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To move elements within the mobile editor, click and drag the element. You will see a black cursor indicating where the element will be placed.



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Lastly, people browsing on mobile tend to be less patient, so they want things faster. It is recommended to create links your visitors can click on that will make calling you, emailing you, or finding you as easy as possible. To do this:

1. Create a link to your phone number. You can either use an icon (like a phone icon) or your phone number. Attach link and choose the Phone option. Type in your phone number and click OK. When people click on this, it will bring the number up, already dialed on their phone. They just have to click call!

2. Similarly, create a link for your email.


3. If you have a map on your site, please follow these instructions:
Type your address into Google Maps (separate from the builder) and click Share. Copy the link they provide. Attach the link to the map on your site. That way, people can click on the map and it will offer directions.
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One last tip: On the desktop site, build within the two vertical guidelines. This area is the most commonly visible space, regardless of what device is being used, so for people using tablets, this will allow them to see all of your content.
(Thank you Les6064 for bringing this up)
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These are all tips and suggestions for improving the look and functionality of your mobile site. Use what works for your site and your business!

Youtube Tutorials:

Moving Elements in Mobile:



Editing Text in Mobile:



Editing Images for Mobile:



Editing Header in Mobile:

 
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I am almost understanding this, it is clearer than any other description I have yet seen, but I had to peruse (it is late) so I will study this in the morning when I get back.
Thank you So Much!
Jeff
(PS I feel like I won a lotto or something, I am starting to understand)

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So many great tips here ... thank you!
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Really great “mini-manual” for mobile editing! I had to find out most of these points by trial and error but it is wonderful reading here that I am actually on the right track!
Thanks for the clear and concise lesson!
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If i hide an element in mobile view, how do I add something else in the spot?
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Hello Lyndsey,

You cannot just add an element into a spot in mobile. You would need to add the element in the desktop site for it to show in mobile.
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Elyzabeth:

The Youtube tutorials are what everyone has been waiting for. If you are making more
to do with other aspects of the new sitebuilder that would be great. I think we are all right now finding out for our selves all about sitebuilder. Thank you.
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Hello Les6064

Yes, we are very excited to be able to offer videos and we are definitely working on making more.
You can see all videos on our Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/homesteadwebsites/videos