Are You Ready For The Google Mobile Friendly Update?

Are you ready for Mobilegeddon? Google is releasing the mobile friendly update.

More than half of Internets biggest companies will “disappear” from Google on mobile devices as the US technology giant changes the way it ranks searches.

Google says businesses with desktop-only sites will still appear in searches but they will be ranked lower then those tailored for mobile use.

“As more people use mobile devices to access the internet, our algorithms have to adapt to these usage patterns,” the company wrote in a blog post.

How do I know if my site is mobile friendly?

If your site is already indexed by Google as mobile friendly is to see if your site has the “mobile friendly” label in the mobile search results. Using the mobile friendly testing tool will show if you pass the test, but Google may still need some improvements to update their index to know that your web pages are mobile friendly.

If I make my site mobile friendly today, how long will it take Google to pick up on those changes?

The algorithm is real time. Google has to crawl your web pages to determine if they are mobile friendly. Tests show that it can take anywhere from an hour to over 72-hours if you do everything right for Google to show your web pages as mobile friendly.

How can I make my site mobile friendly?

Contact us or use our mobile friendly conversion tool at TW Bootstrap Me.

Seasons Greetings from Xpert Web

Xpert Web would like to thank you for your continued support throughout 2009. From all the team at Xpert Web we would like to wish you the very best for the holiday season and a happy, successful new year. We are looking forward to an exciting 2010 and look forward to having an opportunity to continue working with you in the new year and beyond.

Australia Routing Issues

We have decided to put up an announcement regarding this matter as we have had a few tickets now, even although it is not directly connected to our network.

It appears there are some intermittent routing issues between Time Warner Telecom, XO Communications and several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia including Telstra, Big Pond and Optus. Although we have not seen any recent reports of issues with Big Pond or Optus, only Telstra.

This routing issue is preventing some clients in Australia from being able to reach our servers even although our servers and network are fully operational. It is not possible for us to manipulate inbound routes to our network and we are not sure why these ISPs are not taking an alternate path to reach the data center.

The last update we had from Time Warner Telecom and XO Communications around 30 minutes ago stated that they are working to resolve these routing issues with the ISPs in question but that they have no estimated time for resolution. We will of course keep our clients updated as and when we receive more information.

This issue is impacting a very small percentage of traffic to the our network and unfortunately is outside our scope of control. We will do our best to keep the pressure up on our own bandwidth carriers to resolve this though.

Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund to assist individuals and communities affected by devastating bushfires in Victoria has been launched by the Premier John Brumby in partnership with Red Cross and the Federal Government. A number of corporate organisations including NAB, ANZ, CBA and Wesfarmers have also contributed to the fund.

Donations can be made using the Australian Red Cross website secure online donations form or by phoning 1800 811 700.

what is web 2.0

Web 2.0 is a term which describes the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies. The term became notable after the first O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004. Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but to changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web

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Additional links

http://www.sacredcowdung.com/archives/2006/03/all_things_web.html

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_20_backpack_web_apps_for_students.php

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/10/web-20-tutorials-round-up/