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Google Search Console: Mobile-Friendly Test Recommendations

If you run your site through the Google Search Console's "Mobile Friendly Test", you may receive a result of "Page is not mobile friendly". Don't stress! While GSC's scan can be really helpful, it's also very literal and raises red flags which can be misleading. 

All Solo Pine themes are guaranteed 100% mobile responsive (unless you've checked the "Disable mobile responsive" option in the Customizer settings). 

Two of the most common errors this GSC "Mobile Friendly Test" throws are:

  • Clickable elements too close together
  • Content wider than screen

What's really going on?

If you visit your site via a mobile phone, chances are that you won't experience any issues clicking various items and your content isn't extending out past the edge of your screen. So why is the scan noting these "issues" and saying your site isn't mobile friendly?

After running the "Mobile Friendly Test", look to the right side of the screen where a preview of your site is shown. Does it look anything at all like your site when you actually visit it via mobile? Probably not. It's likely that the test preview is displaying a basic HTML version of your site with zero stylings applied. That's where the error messages stem from. 

This indicates that your site didn't load completely for the test and this is why the error messages have appeared. Essentially, it boils down to a slow-loading site.


How to help your site load more quickly

We recommend the following popular plugins to give your site a helping hand in loading faster and, ultimately, appease the Google Search Console's "Mobile-Friendly Test": 

1 ) W3 Total Cache: With any WordPress site, whether it be one of our themes or any other theme, it's always a great idea to use a cache plugin. Cache plugins help improve load speeds and reduce the strain on your server which is a win-win for both you and your visitors.

Settings: After installing and activating "W3 Total Cache", navigate to WP Dashboard > Performance > General Settings. Make sure that the options "Page Cache" and "Browser Cache" are enabled. Save changes. 

Please note: If you already have a cache plugin enabled, you can skip this "W3 Total Cache" suggestion. It's not recommended to have multiple cache plugins running at once. 

2 ) Autoptimize: When you visit any site, there's a whole lot going on in the background you don't see. Each time a page is loaded, lots of script and code are being loaded to build, style, and "give life" to the web page you're about to see. Autoptimize helps aggregate, cache, and minify these scripts so that your site's pages load more quickly and smoothly. 

Settings: After installing and activating the "Autoptimize" plugin, navigate to WP Dashboard > Settings > Autoptimize. Enable the "Optimize JavaScript Code?" and the "Optimize CSS Code?". Save changes and empty the cache. 

Run your site through the Google Search Console "Mobile Friendly Test": and see what it now says. Still having issues? Don't hesitate to let us know via a new support ticket!