Mobile friendly website for Amelie and Friends

Mobile friendly website for Amelie and Friends

Amelie and Friends Mobile Friendly Website by Blue Gekko

Amelie and Friends Mobile Friendly Website by Blue Gekko

There’s a fantastic restaurant down in Chichester, Amelie and Friends. The Sunday Telegraph lists it in its Top 500 Restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland, and it has been awarded the coveted Bib Gourmand in the 2014 Michelin Guide.

And it now has a brand-new mobile friendly website to complement its existing desktop version.

The main features of a mobile friendly website are

  • Customers can tap the screen to call
  • The text is larger and easier to read
  • The navigation buttons are large and easy to tap
  • The zoom feature is disabled – there’s no need. Everything fits in the screen.
  • Up and down scrolling only makes everything easy to read and follow.

But three of the main BENEFITS to a business of a mobile friendly website are

  • People are going to find it really easy to call you. Tap Tap – you’ve got a customer.
  • People are going to find it really easy to find you. Google Maps and in-built satnavs make it really easy for your customers to find you.
  • People looking for you on their phone are much more likely to want to buy from you now, rather than just browsing on their laptop.

This is important for any business now, as a third or more of your website traffic will be on a mobile phone. But it is particularly important for restaurants because

  • the percentage of visitors on a mobile is higher
  • mobile users looking at a restaurant website are more likely to be on the move and much, much more likely to want to eat in the next hour.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Sussex go to Amelie and Friends’ new mobile website. You’ll find it really easy to phone them up to book a table; and the navigation icon will show you the way to get there.

Mouth-watering website launch: The Hull Cake

Mouth-watering website launch: The Hull Cake

The Hull Cake responsive website by Blue GekkoThere were three aims with this website

  • To make it display well and be easy to use for visitors on a mobile site.
  • To showcase the many, many examples of stunning, beautifully made cakes The Hull Cake had provided for its very spoiled clients
  • To make it easy for a potential customer to get in touch

The first aim was a given. All new Blue Gekko websites are responsive now. That means they configure according to the device they are being viewed from.  That means that whether they are being viewed on a laptop, a tablet or a mobile phone they will be quick to load, easy to read and easy to navigate

To achieve the showcase the main focus of the site is the two gallery pages – one for wedding cakes, the second for other celebrations – which display the cake images so well. The cakes are all on display on the page, but click on one of the images and a sumptious slideshow starts.

The Hull Cake responsive website by Blue Gekko tap to call buttonTo achieve the third aim – make it easy to get in touch – the contact phone number is available throughout the site, and a big link to the contact us page is at the foot of all other pages.

But there’s also a bit of magic that only a responsive website can bring.  On mobile phone there’s a “Tap To Call” button. That means that a mobile visitor just needs to do a couple of taps with their thumb and The Hull Cake’s phone is ringing. If you resize your browser on your laptop narrower and narrower – when it gets smaller than it would be on a tablet you can see the Tap To Call button appear out of nowhere.

Magic? Not really, but the magic happens when your visitors go “Tap Tap Call” – because you’ve got a customer.

Hungry for business? Here are some pies!

Hungry for business? Here are some pies!

Desktop/Mobile/Tablet website visitor split for a company in the B2B sectorI was looking at Google analytics for a bunch of client accounts, and was struck by how consistently mobile browsing is now at least 30% of all website traffic. I’ve picked out 3 examples from different industries just to illustrate this point.

The message from these pies is that if you are hungry for business you have to look after your mobile visitor. Even B2B companies will benefit from making their sites easy to read and navigate on a phone, with a clear call to action (usually a “Tap To Call” button).

Desktop/Mobile/Tablet website visitor split for a company in the entertainment sectorThe takeaway (sorry for the pun) for restaurants from this is you HAVE to make your site mobile friendly. Not only are most of your website visitors on a phone, but mobile visitors are far more likely to want to eat within an hour.

A couple of questions for you:

  • What do your website stats tell you about your visitor make-up?
  • What are you doing to give your mobile visitors a good experience?

If the answer to either of these is “I don’t know”, you need to get in touch.

Desktop/Mobile/Tablet website visitor split for a company in the restaurant sectorFrom top to bottom: a B2B business; an entertainment business; a restaurant

Blue = desktop/laptop views
Green = mobile views
Orange = tablet views

Message to Larry in Ukraine

Message to Larry in Ukraine

Hi Larry

Blue Gekko websites are protected from brute-force login attemptsOr is it Gabriel? Or Laura?? You seem to use a few different names. Anyway, your IP address says you’re in Ukraine so I’m guessing none of these names is real.

Thanks for showing an interest in one of my client’s sites, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to disappoint you. No, you cannot log in.

And you will have noticed that after your 20th attempt you are permanently excluded, so you’re going to have to try your luck elsewhere.

Not-so-very-kind Regards

Ben

The message for everyone else is – how secure is your site?

Spammers around the world have bots churning away at lightning speed till they get passwords right. Then, when they get in, you are stuffed – they can then lock you out!

You remember your host promising something about backups – will they be able to set every thing back to normal? Even if they can, that process can be a real pain, and you hope with all your fingers crossed that your website visitors haven’t been affected by any dodgy links that Larry and his pals have inserted.

It’s the stuff of nightmares.

As you will guess, Blue Gekko sites have strong passwords and log in fails are locked out after 20 attempts. If you’d like to know how to tighten up the security on your WordPress site, get in touch.

New website launch: Cornucopia Festival

New website launch: Cornucopia Festival

Cornucopia FestivalIt has been a pleasure working on a new website for Cornucopia Festival (26 – 28 September at Burton Constable if you’re interested). The key aims with this site were

  • to develop an easy to navigate site…
  • that provides full information about the Festival
  • that whets the appetite for the event with information and videos of the artists (which include Big Country, The Animals and Friends and Henry Priestman)
  • that makes it easy for visitors to buy tickets
  • and which conveys the spirit of Autumn

A further consideration, which is vital for any website these days, was that it must look great, be quick to load, easy to read and easy to navigate on a phone. All Blue Gekko websites are “responsive” now. This means they arrange themselves well on any device. Try it out – look at Cornucopia Festival on your phone. Did I mention the Festival is being held over the weekend of 26 – 28 September at Burton Constable? And you can get your tickets online? The other great feature of doing this site is my free ticket 🙂 See you there!

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