How To Choose High Energy Food That Fuel Your Body For Peak Performance

How To Choose High Energy Food That Fuel Your Body For Peak Performance

You need food and hydration to fuel your body and achieve peak performance when doing outdoor activities like cycling, running, hiking, and swimming.

The best way to fuel your body would be to consume energy foods and energy drinks. These have numerous advantages: easy digestibility, a long shelf life, and they are also easy to bring.

Here are the things that you need to look for in an energy food or drink

  • Exact time to take energy foods and drinks: Be careful, as there are certain items which are designed to be consumed before, after or during the activity itself. Make sure you read the label correctly before buying.
  • Nutrition: When choosing the food and drink of your choice. You need to look at its nutritional contents. Look at the back of the product. Make sure you choose an item that has low fats, low carbs, and high protein.
  • Features of energy food and drink: There are various options like non-GMO foods, gluten-free foods, organic foods, etc.
  • Various Energy drinks and foods: You can choose from bites, jells, bars, chews, recovery drinks, and sports drinks.

The Various Types of Energy Foods and Drinks

  • Bars: Bars are high in carbohydrates and low in protein and fat. There are lots of bars to choose from and they come in all shapes and colors. It is recommended that you consume energy bars before or after endurance activities. The high-grade crabs in bars help replenish glycogen in muscles. And some energy bars can even be used as substitutes for real meals.
  • Foods and Drinks Taken during Workout: For sustained energy during exercise, it is good to introduce some protein and fat into your diet.
  • After Workout Foods and Drinks: These energy foods can help your body rebuild muscles and tissues. It is also recommended that you drink lots of water or lots of liquids after eating post workout foods.

When Should You Consume Energy Foods and Drinks?

REI reports that energy foods and drinks can fine-tune your nutrition intake. REI also reports that energy foods and drinks are engineered to enhance each stage of outdoor excursion or workout.

  • Before Activity: These energy foods and drinks provide an elevated and consistent energy level, they are formulated to give you the necessary energy and nutrients to perform in peak condition. These energy foods are made from a balanced mix of proteins, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Additionally, they should be consumed minutes before the start of an exercise routine.
  • During Activity: These foods and drinks are designed for easy digestion and absorption. They are designed to give you energy while running, cycling, climbing, etc.
  • After Activity: These foods and drinks are fortified with amino acids, proteins and other muscle restoring elements. They are mostly used for recovery and they can also speed up muscle growth and muscle synthesis. These foods usually have a lot of amino acids and a lot of protein.

Some Notable Features of Energy Drinks that you should look out for

  • Gluten Free: Found in some grains including rye, wheat, and barley these products are a mixture of protein and they contain zero gluten.
  • Vegetarian: These products might contain eggs, milk, and honey. Just like the name implies, products with these labels don’t have meat in them.
  • Vegan: This is similar to the label above but this time it has zero animal products in it. That means no eggs and no milk. It’s 100% animal free.
  • Organic: Organic foods aren’t 100% organic though. The law states that at least 70 percent of its ingredients must be organic for it to be labeled as organic. So “organic” products might contain artificial ingredients.
  • Non-GMO: These products don’t contain any GMO foods. It also means that you’re taking in unaltered and all-natural ingredients as well.
  • Energy Bites and Chews: They provide the same function as an energy gel. It is recommended that you take a few sips of water after chewing down bites and chews. You might suffer from indigestion if you fail to follow this advice.
  • Energy Gels: Small and portable energy packs that you can use to refuel and rehydrate.
  • Drink Mixes: A concentrated mix of energy. Be careful, it is essential that you limit your intake to 60 grams per hour. Too much intake may lead to stomach problems.

Some miscellaneous facts on energy foods and drinks

Understanding the basics of nutrition is beneficial for your long-lasting health. Consider the following.

  • Carbohydrates: 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour is the ideal intake. Eating and drinking more than this may upset your stomach.
  • Calories: 200 to 300 calories per hour is considered as a good ballpark figure. Luckily for you, most gels, bites, energy bars, and drinks have this standard.
  • Fat: Relatively, energy foods are low in fats. However, some meal replacement bars designed for endurance athletes might contain more fat than needed.
  • Protein: This is one of the key components for muscle building. It is essential for rebuilding tissues.
  • Potassium: Considered to be one of the main components of electrolytes. Ingredients like potassium citrate are essential for metabolizing carbohydrates which ultimately leads to the proper functioning of muscles. Potassium also keeps you hydrated
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Overall, energy bars have the highest number of minerals and vitamins which your body naturally burns through exercise and activity.
  • Sodium: Just like potassium, sodium is essential in metabolizing carbohydrates for the proper functioning of muscles. It also keeps you hydrated.
  • Sweeteners: Some performance beverages, chews and gels like Stevia, honey, agave. Do not use sugar as a calorie sweetener. Natural sweeteners are ok, but sugar and other artificial sweeteners may damage your health in the long run.
  • Amino Acid Blends: It’s basically a blend of proteins. Proteins like valine, leucine, and isoleucine are added to gels which are further broken down by the body after consumption.
  • Caffeine: It gives you an energy boost. Caffeine is present in most energy bars, chews, jells, and drinks. In fact, it’s rare to find energy with that doesn’t have caffeine.

Here are 16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

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How the Stock Market Affects the Job Market

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How the Stock Market Affects the Job Market

The recent stock market plummet has sent many people into wondering if the job market will follow suit, affecting their careers and livelihoods.

The good news is, even though the health of the stock market does have an impact on the job market, it’s often not a one-to-one correlation.

The Stock Market As an Indicator of Shareholder Confidence

The stock market reflects not only the strength of the economy at the moment but also the confidence that investors and corporations have in the future of the market.

If shareholders believe that a company is going to make more profits, then the stock price will bounce back and the organization will have more resources to expand and hire employees. If the market feels that a company’s earnings will remain stagnant or decline, then the stock price will drop and the organization will likely have to tighten its belt.

As such, how investors evaluate the economy will impact corporations’ resource allocation and hiring decisions.

Keep in mind that the stock market is a leading indicator while the job market is a lagging indicator. A single fluctuation in the stock market is unlikely to impact the job market significantly in the short run.

However, if the downward trend continues in the stock market and shareholder confidence starts to erode, the job market will likely suffer since a company’s stock value is based on investors’ projection of its future earnings.

One major reason that a bull market typically creates more jobs is the increased M&A activities. Larger companies have more cash and tend to expand more aggressively. On the other hand, M&A activities tend to slow down in a sustained bear market.

Also, VC money tends to drop off in a sustained bear market, which often results in a tight market, as well as a contraction in seed and Series A rounds. This, in turn, affects the hiring prognosis for startups while more candidates are holding onto their jobs at bigger shops. Such candidate-favored market could deter smaller companies from hiring.

How the Stock Market Affects the Job Market

How the Stock Market and Job Market Affect Each Other

Many factors, such as the global economy, political climate, and investor confidence can impact how the stock market and the job market affect each other as they’re intertwined in nuanced ways.

For example, the economy doesn’t have to decline to put CEOs under pressure. If shareholders start losing confidence for any reason and executives are forced to put a hold on spending, the job market could be affected.

Alternatively, when job seekers see signs of uncertainty in the market, they’re likely to stay at their current jobs and start banking more money instead of taking more risks or increase their spending. This will reduce their disposable income, impact the economy, reduce corporate earnings, and eventually affect the stock market.

There are other factors that will affect the confidence of the market and the outlook of investors in response to a plummet in stock prices, which can have a major impact on the job market.

For example, if investors are pessimistic about the political climate and the Fed responds by increasing the interest rates, global stock and bond market will continue to drop. Companies will be under pressure to tighten their spending by pausing their hiring or even laying off employees.

However, if the political climate instills an optimistic mood in corporate America (e.g., through deregulation and tax breaks,) stockholder confidence can stay high despite a momentary drop in stock prices. Businesses will feel empowered and continue to expand and hire more employees.

Last but not least, wild swings in stock prices could impact market confidence more significantly. As a result, the fluctuation is likely to be more destabilizing for the job market.


 

Cadre is a quality over quantity boutique recruiting shop specializing in all things software engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. Cadre is building a talent network utilizing AI and Machine Learning to help solve the tech talent crisis across their portfolio of 85 startups throughout California, Seattle, and Austin.

 

Jason Stomel
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Cadre Talent, Santa Monica, CA
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.
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Jason Stomel
Cadre Talent, Santa Monica, CA
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.

Blockchain: Trust Is Not A Binary Option

Blockchain: Trust Is Not A Binary Option

Trust doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition when it comes to Blockchain

Blockchain’s primary value proposition is decentralization, the idea that the “truth” can be validated without 3rd party intervention in a trustless environment.  As technology has proliferated over the last several years, we have seen the infrastructure incorporate many different types of protocols:

  • Public  – Fully open blockchains with no barrier to participating (eg, Bitcoin, Ethereum)
  • Permission – Private blockchains where a central entity controls access (eg, Orderers in Hyperledger Fabric)
  • Federated – A consortium of entities controlling the blockchain (R3 comes to mind)

Each of these options has a different take on “trust.”  There are some in the crypto space who feel the only groundbreaking solutions are the public, or “permissionless,” solutions.  Their argument is that a protocol is only decentralized when it is fully public, and only then can it reach the full potential of the blockchain.

It’s a fair point, to be sure.  How can you be decentralized if one or more entities are entrusted control access to the blockchain?  However, it occurs to me that this is a very binary view of trust – in reality, trust is more nuanced and multi-layered, like a set of qubits more than a simple 0/1 representation.

Every single day we maintain simultaneous levels of trust at the same time.  I trust my wife implicitly (I hope that is wise), while I have much less trust in the Lakers’ ability to win a title without LeBron.   I have varying degrees of trust in my employees based on past performance, while I have no trust in the cars speeding along my neighborhood street when I walk the kids to school.

Our entire day is defined by a cascading array of trust, depending on our situation.  We understand and accept this because trust is a tool we use to maximize our benefit in specific situations.  I’m not going into a conversation with my wife about whether to have a 4th child (spoiler alert – not happening) from a lack of trust, because the conversation would be utterly pointless.  Conversely, I’m not going into a startup pitch from a place of trust, because it would eliminate the healthy skepticism I’ll need to evaluate the opportunity.

Why wouldn’t the same concept apply to blockchain?  Does every system need to be fully permissionless to add value?  The security and decentralized nature of Bitcoin works great for payments between people who don’t know each other, but in certain environments, organizations can still benefit from blockchain with a degree of centralization, provided there is a healthy level of trust.  For a tight supply chain of organizations with the right incentives to work together, a federated or permission solution would do just fine.

Ripple uses roles to establish specific participants to act as transaction validators

I’ve heard the argument that blockchain technology isn’t needed in situations where a centralized approach is acceptable – a central database would do just fine.  Sure it may be fine, but why not use blockchain when the technology provides other value propositions out of the box – namely, transparency and immutability?

My point is this: because trust is a multi-layered concept in our daily lives, and blockchain can handle trust in many different ways, we should embrace its implementation to support more than just the no-trust situations.  Let’s not limit blockchain’s potential while we still shaping this exciting new technology.

Is Blockchain Truly Decentralized?

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Chad Hahn is a partner overseeing the digital & technology practice at Optimity Advisors. He is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in strategy, business development, operations, and technology, and has started and sold two successful service businesses. He has a strong background in software engineering and enterprise architecture, with deep expertise in both traditional and emerging technologies.
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Chad Hahn
Optimity Advisors, Inc.
Chad Hahn is a partner overseeing the digital & technology practice at Optimity Advisors. He is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in strategy, business development, operations, and technology, and has started and sold two successful service businesses. He has a strong background in software engineering and enterprise architecture, with deep expertise in both traditional and emerging technologies.

9 Best Restaurants To Eat In Marina Del Rey

9 Best Restaurants To Eat In Marina Del Rey

Despite this neighborhood’s really small size, there are still tons of great food options around. Discover some of our top picks here.

For some people, Marina del Rey is a magnificent food destination. With the enclave sitting by the water and the number of restaurants in the area, it can certainly be a good place to hit if you’re after a nice dining experience.

Others, however, think that the area is too cheesy with bland dining options. They definitely have a reason to believe so but a number of good eateries found here can change your mind. It’s just a matter of finding the right diner to visit if you’ll ask us.

And since we’re already on this topic, we’re sharing with you some of our favorite dining destinations in the neighborhood:

Brennan’s

Location:  4089 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

In a culturally diverse city such as L.A., it can be quite a challenge to be considered unique. But Brennan’s continue to be considered as such over the years, mostly because of its legendary turtle races held every Thursday. Nowadays, though, it’s also becoming a great date spot, thanks to the upgrade it got after changing operators.

With the facelift came more space for various kinds of fun activities that can make a date more exciting and a menu update. They now offer a full bar run by the Simms Restaurant Group, so you can definitely opt to eat there, too.

What to order:

  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Pizza
  • Fried Chickpeas
  • Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

Salt

Location: 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Most folks visit Salt for its amazing views of the marina but its food is also drawing diners in. Put together, it’s a great place for celebrations or when out-of-towners come to visit.

What a lot of people don’t know about this place, however, is that it offers amazing happy hour deals. It runs from 4 to 6 PM during the weekdays and will let you enjoy very affordable apps and drinks and get the best seats in the house.

What to order:

  • Maine Lobster Pasta
  • Fish and Chips
  • Fried Alaskan Cod Tacos
  • Fried Chicken Bucket

Morfia’s Ribs And Pies

Location: 4077 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Morfia’s Ribs and Pies is one of those places that are easy to miss since its pretty small and sits in between a bar and a carwash. However, you should still keep your eyes peeled for it, especially if you’re craving for some Texas BBQ because they offer authentic ones. People rave about their juicy sauce-drenched ribs and generous servings.

Unfortunately, the place is small with only 5 tables. You can grab them to go, though, so you can always just enjoy them at home.

What to order:

  • Texas Brisket
  • Baklava Cheesecake
  • Peach Cobbler Pie

Mendocino Farms

Location: 4724 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Mendocino Farms may have other locations around L.A. but their MDR outpost is still worth mentioning for obvious reasons. If you haven’t tried this place yet, you should correct that right away, especially if you love amazing sandwiches.

Just like all the other Mendo’s around the city, their food is fresh, generous, and flavorful. As they’re also very convenient to eat, they’re also perfect for picnics by the marina. Just remember to order online in advance so you can skip the long lines in the store.

What to order:

  • A Study of Heat
  • Kurobuta Pork Banh Mi
  • Chef’s Picks
  • Secret Menu items

C&O Trattoria

Location: 31 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Deemed as an institution in the area, the C&O Trattoria continue to draw in people for its generosity and beautiful location. It sits near the water so it’s a must to grab a table outside and they have enormous servings that are already great for sharing. On top of these, they’ll also give you unlimited Garlic Knots which can already be filling in itself.

Aside from the food, the place itself is always lively. There are nightly sing-a-longs, so if you love to dine in restaurants with boisterous atmospheres, this place would be a great choice for you.

What to order:

  • Penne Arrabiata
  • Fettucine Sun-Dried Tomato
  • Linguini Mare
  • Shrimp Ravioli

Irori Sushi

Location: 4371 Glencoe Ave B4, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

A go-to date spot in MDR, Irori Sushi has this rule that you have to remove your shoes at the door. It can be quite weird because it’s one of those well-loved strip mall sushi places, but since the food is good, taking off your footwear is just a tiny setback.

In exchange, you’ll get to enjoy really fresh fish prepared in many different ways. They have a creative range of sashimis and sushi, so you’re in for a unique dining experience when you visit.

What to order:

  • Toro Trio
  • Chef Special Rolls
  • Urchin
  • Salmon Blue Crab

Settebello

Location: 13455 Maxella Ave #250, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Settebello might be another casual chain that you can find elsewhere but it doesn’t mean that the one in MDR doesn’t deserve to be appreciated. Besides, they still offer the same amazing pizzas, so there’s really no reason to give it the snub.

The most special thing about this joint is that they have some of the most legit Neapolitan pizzas around. The flour used in their pizza dough and the other ingredients they use are imported from Italy to really achieve their food’s authenticity. This results to a unique mouthfeel for their pies that, when combined with their tasty recipes, can really have you coming back for more.

What to order:

  • Margherita DOC pie
  • Settebello
  • Specials

Cafe del Rey

Location: 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

To be very honest, a lot of people come to Cafe del Rey for its views. It sits right on the marina so you’ll get to watch the yachts parked outside. The place itself is pretty upscale so expect to see corporate types.

The Wednesday bottomless brunch offers a great reason to visit, though. Not only is it reasonably priced but the menu is quite spectacular, too.

What to order:

  • Kobe Burger
  • Cured Salmon Toast

Tender Greens

Location: 13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Considered as the pioneers of the build-your-own-salad movement, Tender Greens is now a chain restaurant with new locations around L.A. This isn’t a bad thing, though, especially since this place has seen lines that go around blocks during its early days. The atmosphere now is more relaxed so you can better enjoy your healthy meal in peace.

What to order:

  • Tuna Nicoise
  • Endless Summer Bowl
  • Your own customized plate
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

Top 4 Reasons to Order Room Service Breakfast When on Business Trips

Top 4 Reasons to Order Room Service Breakfast When on Business Trips

So you’re on a business trip. You’ve done that quite a bit, have you? If that’s the case, then you must have some sort of routine that you do when you’re in a hotel. Part of that routine is that when you’re having breakfast, you just need to order room service for it. While a room service breakfast may seem overly luxurious and indolent, there are actually very good reasons for such a move:

1.   It Works as an Extremely Effective Alarm Clock

Sure, we all have alarm clocks with our indispensable smartphones these days. But there’s always a reason to dawdle and delay in your foggy little brain in the morning, which is why the snooze button is evil.

But when you’ve scheduled breakfast to arrive at 7:30 AM on the dot, you can’t just press the snooze button and take a few more minutes of zzzs. The reason is simple. Very few people—men as well as women—have enough chutzpah to actually deal with room service delivery without being decently dressed. Lots of men really don’t want to get their breakfast in their ratty boxer shorts, while quite a few women would prefer to have at least brushed their hair.

Since your breakfast arrives at 7:30 AM, you have to wake up beforehand with enough time to get a shower and to look somewhat more presentable. It forces you to wake up and you’re able to start your morning without being rushed.

2.   You’re Actually Able to Eat Breakfast

If you don’t order room service breakfast, there’s a very good chance that you may just skip this important meal. That’s because you didn’t wake up at the right time, or you don’t want to bother finding a place that serves breakfast.

But now you have food and coffee, and you get to eat after more than 8 hours of not eating overnight. You get the fuel you need for your morning activities.

3.   You Can Avoid People If You’re Not a Morning Person

Lots of us aren’t at our best behavior in the morning. So when you head on out the door looking for a breakfast deli, you run the risk of offending people with your surly morning demeanor. These may be other people in the conference you’re attending or the members of your own team, and you may alienate them.

You can try to act nicely, but it can be frustrating. That’s especially true when they insist on coming with you to find breakfast when you’d rather be alone. Then they may even sit with you at the breakfast table and try to chat while you just want to eat, have coffee and read the newspaper.

So order room service breakfast, and enjoy it in peace.

4.   You Can Even Get Some Early Work Done

No one’s stopping you from checking on with your work through your laptop when you’re in your own hotel room. You don’t have to worry about people looking over your shoulder either.

So go ahead and order room service breakfast. It doesn’t cost much, but the rewards are worth more than what you pay for it!

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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

6 Simple Steps to Making a Mobile-Focused Website

6 Simple Steps to Making a Mobile-Focused Website

You’ll need a different mindset if your website is primarily designed for mobile users.

It’s funny when you think about it, but there was a time when websites weren’t really designed for smartphone screens. They were designed for the much larger monitors of desktop PCs. Of course, when you shrink those web pages you can hardly read and see anything, which became a problem when mobile Internet surfing became more popular. So the more farsighted website owners created their websites for PCs, and then they tried to have a different version for smartphones.

Nowadays, most serious websites have both a PC and a mobile version. In fact, more websites are actually being built for mobile surfing first, before a desktop PC version is created. That’s because more people are going online using the smartphones rather than their desktop PCs.

So how do you build a website that’s more focused on serving the needs of mobile visitors? Here are a few tips that can start you on your way:

1. Strip Your Pages Down

When you’re determined to build a website that’s actually geared for smartphone users, you can’t use overly complex webpages. You have to simply your web pages instead.

There are good reasons for this. One, with a small screen to work with you don’t want to overwhelm the user with too many details. A simple layout works much better so they know what to do. Two, with too many complex elements it’ll take too long for a web page to load, and we all know how impatient mobile surfers are. If it takes more than 3 seconds to load a page, chances are good they’ll press the back button and try another website.

2. Plan for Your User’s Needs

Will they be tapping buttons on the web page? If so, you need to make those buttons visible, and they should be large enough so that they can be tapped easily enough. Will they have to input a username and password? If that’s the case, you’ll have to put in a keyboard interface as well. What if they’re looking for a particular section? You may want to feature a clear outline of your site, and a search bar can certainly help.

You have to put yourself in your website user’s shoes. Pretend you’re the user and you need to find something on your website. You’ should then realize what kind of helpful elements you need to put in.

When you’ve designed your web pages, try them out first. You have to know for sure how they would work within a mobile browser.

3. Don’t Forget about Laptops

When you’re designing with a smartphone user in mind, at least you have a touchscreen working for you so your users can simply swipe along the way to navigate your site. But that’s not exactly the case when your mobile user is actually using a laptop. In some instances, they don’t have a mouse either.

What this also means is that you have to plan for various resolutions to make sure your web pages appear at their best. Laptops are often limited to 1024 x 768 resolutions, and that’s what you need to plan for. In fact, check out the various screen sizes of the most popular laptops so you can have a different version for each resolution.

4. Going with Responsive Layouts

Some people would rather opt for a responsive layout, rather than have a different type of website for each type of Internet device. With a responsive design, your website morphs to fit whatever type of resolution your website user is using.

This can be quite convenient for you. You’ll have the same HTML markup that works on all screens. You won’t have to go with specific stylesheets for different types of devices.

Since you’re focused on mobile users first, at least with this approach you take care of the needs of those using smaller screens. Of course, there’s a good chance that you won’t get an optimal look when you’re website visitor is using a desktop browser. But those are bugs that you can fix later. These guys aren’t your top priority after all.

To help you see just how responsive websites can work for different devices, you ought to do some research on the various responsive sites that are currently in operation these days. Just Google for them and you should find them easily enough. You can then cherry-pick the features that you want to appear on your own responsive website.

5. Don’t Forget about the Navigational Requirements

If you’ve been designing websites all this time with a focus on desktop users, then you’re probably more used to people who can just use a mouse to get around a webpage. That’s not going to fly with a mobile website.

For most website designers, the simplest solution here is to just have your page sections cascade down. Your visitors can just swipe downward to see more of your content. You can also have your links appear constantly at the top or at the bottom of the screen so that they can get around your site more easily.

Just don’t go overboard and put in too many links on your navigational menu bar. Just go with the basic root items instead.

6. Set Up Your Images Properly

Dealing with image content can be problematic when you have such a small screen to work with. One solution is to have a set of images solely for small smartphone screens, while you have another set for normal displays. However, you can’t overlook the need for high-resolution images for iPhone retina displays.

Another solution is to set up all your images to contract and then expand up to the maximum point. This can work just as well for desktop users too. Even HTML5 video supports this setup, so it’s convenient.

It does require a different mindset when you’re building a website that’s more focused on mobile users. The old ways won’t work if you’re used to traditional desktop websites. Whatever you do, just don’t forget to give it a test run on your own smartphone first!

Here are 5 Steps You Can Do to Prepare Your Website for Google’s Mobile-First Index

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.