…what is obvious to the business owner does not always transfer to the user.
I was checking out some AMP website tools to create AMP web stories and decided to sign up for one – from my phone.
Turns out – I couldn’t sign up and create a web story from my phone. (maybe I can create one from my phone, but certainly can’t sign up.)
This is how it looks on my phone…
This is the “huge photo on the website.”
Yes, it’s a large, obvious picture.
But do you automatically think,
“Oh, the computer image means I can only sign up and create a web story using my laptop or home/business computer.“
I didn’t make that connection. Would you?
Lots of companies use photos of computers…mainly to signify “the internet” or “the web” or “business atmosphere”. But I wouldn’t say it’s used to indicate that the service can only be accessed on it…unless it said so.
Adding text like…
- You can only sign up from a computer or laptop.
- Ready to promote your business with a web story? Excellent. Just make sure you’re using a computer as signing up is not mobile ready.
- *Stories can only be created from your laptop or home/business computer.
Or maybe a pop-up that detects you’re using a phone…
“Ooops. Signing up is not possible from a mobile device. Make a reminder to do so from your computer – and tell us when you have your first story up – we’d love to see it!”
Adding this text or something similar would make for a smoother user experience.
Is it really a deal breaker? Probably not. I still plan to sign up and create a web story.
If creating a web story interests you, check out makestories and let me know what you think.
Why create Web Stories?
Web stories are similar to stories you create on Facebook or Instagram. The main benefit to web stories is that they can be found in search results – even on the first page.
This means they’re not limited to being seen only on social sites.
You can create any story and have it linked back to your site, store, service, product.
A few tips from Google Developers
- Make them 5-20 pages
- Use 200 characters or less per page
- Stick with one concept per page
- If you use video (great for How to’s) shoot for 15 seconds (definitely less than 60)
*Bonus tip – keep SEO in mind to help in your ranking.*