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29 Apr

Mobilegeddon: Fixing Not Mobile Friendly Errors in Joomla

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On April 21, 2015 Google's latest mobile friendly algorithm update was released in an effort to improve mobile user experience. After suffering SERP results riddled with non-mobile-friendly sites, Google has decided to reward mobile-friendly sites with higher rankings.

As an SEO company in St Louis that designs on the Joomla CMS we assumed that because our sites are designed to be mobile-friendly we wouldn't have any issues with the new update. However, we were surprised to learn that Google didn't see it that way. Running a mobile-friendly test revealed unexpected “Content wider than screen” and “Links too close together” errors.

The problem: We found that our robots.txt file contained a disallow for /templates/ which was blocking Google from our site's CSS files causing Google to deem our site not mobile-friendly.

The fix: Deleting this line of code fixed both the “Content wider than screen” and “Links too close together” errors.

Some components / modules such as slideshows, image galleries, forms, etc. have their own css files in the components / modules directory.  It would be wise to allow Googlebot to crawl these directories as well if you are still receiving a non-mobile friendly error from Google Webmasters Mobile-Friendly Test.

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