Mobile sites

More and more users are accessing the web through their mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, or other media devices (such as iPods). While traditional websites may work on these devices, they are often not optimally designed for such use. These guidelines are designed to enhance the user's experience of your website from a mobile device.

VCU specific checklist


  • The website must be responsive and contain the following code:
  • The site must past the Google Mobile-Friendly Test
  • All mobile website buttons and inputs must have a decent3 tap target area.
  • All content that is visible on a large viewport must be navigable and be able to be consumed on smaller screens.

General guidelines

If you take a stroll around the Monroe Park campus during a nice spring day you will very quickly see most students are browsing the web on the go via their mobile devices! As small devices and even wearable devices become more popular your mobile website becomes increasingly more important. 

A great web experience prioritizes the content and allows visitors to quickly find what they were looking for.  Aligning with the mobile-first approach will arrange your content and help users have more pleasant experience no matter their screen size. 


Google Developer tools has a mobile-friendly testing tool to analyze how well your pages do against it's mobile criteria and displays areas of improvement. A better score in this test not helps ensure a better visit for your users but is also included as part of how Google's search ranking algorithm works.