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How to use the viewport meta tag to make your pages display correctly on mobile devices

Do you have an older website that's been around before the new iPhones and Android invasion?

Here's how to make it display correctly in the mobile phone and tablet browsers using the viewport meta tag.

Viewport example: <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />

In most cases, this simple little line of code will make your site fit in the "viewport" of the mobile browser, although there are a some unique cases where an exact width must be set, along with maximum-scale and other options as well. (when setting a width, it should be in pixels, like this <meta name="viewport" content="width=960, initial-scale=1.0">)

Other options include:

minimum-scale (default is 0.25)

maximum-scale (default is 5.0)

user-scaleable (can be set to yes or no)

Experiment with these options and customize it to fit your site. Remember to separate each value with a comma


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