How to Fix Unconfigured Viewports

A website’s viewport determines what visitors see when they visit your website by specifying the page’s width for the user’s device. Mobile visitors will be extremely frustrated if they have to spend several minutes pinching and zooming because you failed to set up the viewport properly – if they even decide to stick around on your site.  You can be sure a sizable portion of your website’s traffic falls into this category, as mobile search inquiries have now surpassed desktop ones. 

Your website’s viewport won’t need to be configured if it’s built with CMS Hub because your website will respond to the viewport size of every device it is viewed on. It should be responsive by default, but if it isn’t, you’ll need to adjust your viewport settings to ensure a nice experience for all visitors. In this article,we’ll explain exactly what a viewport is and how to configure it.

What is a Viewport?

The term “viewport” is used to describe the dimensions of a window or the area that is actually displayed on a screen. This is a generic term for the screens of portable electronic devices like smartphones and tablets.

Viewports ensure that users of devices with varying screen resolutions, such as smartphones and tablets, can view web content correctly. A meta viewport tag is essentially a set of instructions for the browser regarding the size and proportions of the page. By this approach, a website can adapt to work across several systems.

How Do You Configure Your Website’s Viewport?

To make a website compatible with mobile devices, all you need to do is include a meta viewport tag on any pages you want to be viewable on mobile devices. To accomplish this, all you need to do is copy the HTML code provided below and then put it into your website’s header.

<meta name=viewport content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1″>

In most situations, putting this viewport element in the header file will cause the viewport to be carried over the entirety of the site, making your entire website more user-friendly on mobile devices. 

You should be aware that it is possible for you to be required to add the viewport tag to almost every single webpage on an individual basis. This is especially the case if you use a different piece of software for your website than you do for your landing pages. 

For example, suppose you are not utilizing an integrated solution, like HubSpot Landing Pages or CMS Hub. In that case, you will be required to manually check all of your landing pages, site pages and blog posts to ensure that they contain the viewport tag and are compatible with mobile devices.

Keep in mind that inserting this tag alone isn’t going to make your site responsive to mobile devices (that’s a distinct process discussed and a topic for another day). However, it will make it so smartphone users can easily read and engage with your site’s content without repeatedly zooming in and out.

How Do You Check Your Viewport?

Checking your viewport is as simple as viewing the page’s source and searching for the tag with the name=viewport prefix. This will allow you to determine whether or not the viewport tag on your website is correctly defined, and fix it if not.

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