why is my site not mobile friendly?

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My site is horrendously mobile-unfriendly and I don't know what to do!  I have 3 columns on my homepage for instance, and on phones it pushes all three columns into one looooooonnnnngggg row.  I am hearing complaints about it constantly from readers.  It is even worse though in the blog secion of my site, where it just cuts the photos off! 

I have high traffic and take my website very seriously.  I have put a lot of hard work and time into my site on Yola and don't want to have to transfer to a new sitebuilder but this is ridiculous.  If there is not a rememdy I will have to switch.  Please advise.  Here is my site for reference: www.hiddensandiego.net
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Jessica Johnson

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Peter Sauer

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That is the way any mobile friendly page will react, it looks perfectly normal.
How did you expect it to resize the page?
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Jessica Johnson

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Well I certainly did not expect it to condense three long rows into one.  Nor would I expect it to cut the photos off to tiny squares of what they actually are.  I would imagine a regular mobile-friendly site would allow you to move the page around with your finger, not have it just one long row.
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Peter Sauer

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On your blog did you set your images into the picture widget, as I ran into the problem on my site when I set images up in the text widget and the images did not resize.
So for instance your page with :
Why We Don't Give Directions To All Locations May 6, 2015

This is a rather sensitive topic not only to me, but many other people as well.  When I first started this site, all spots came with directions.  As my site gained popularity, word would spread and suddenly these "top-secret spots" were not only no longer secret but slowly getting destroyed!  I quickly realized that it is my duty to help protect these historical landmarks, especially since many of them have been around for over 100 years. For them to be leveled by the city or vandalized by douchebags because I have spotlighted them does not weigh well on my conscience.  I am sorry if that upsets some people.

I have personally had the cops contact me to remove directions to locations, had countless residents tell me that their homes are being broken into and tagged on because they live near a "hidden spot" and often when I return to some of these spots they are 10 times worse than they were before.  For that reason, I created the Member's section.  This section was created so those who are respectful can still appreciate these locations, but hoards and hoards of people will not be going out to them. Beyond all of this, 95% of the places I don't give directions to are on Private Property!

Here is one example of a spot that quite possibly was leveled by the city because of my site and why I am only getting more strict with what spots I give directions to: Pentagram Palace. This place had been around since the early 1900's, hidden in the PQ canyon:

Before:

Would go into a text widget and the image would go into the picture widget and so on down the page.You will then see the images resizing to the mobile device.

As for the resizing into a single line, this is the whole purpose of creating a mobile friendly page to eliminate the need to continuously scroll sidewards, to have everything in a linear view and just scroll down.

Hope this helps

Peter

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Hi Jessica,

Peter is correct that stacking your site elements into a vertical line is a key part of what makes your website mobile friendly so it is working as designed, though we're sorry to hear you do not like the way it is displayed. Please take a look at this blog post for more information on the reasons behind our responsive templates and the benefits it has for your visitors using mobile devices.
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Is there anything I can do so it's not one long row?
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi Jessica,

The only thing you can do is move to one of our older styles that are not a "responsive template." This is any of the styles not in the "Recommended" category under Styles in your Sitebuilder. That said, we would strongly advise against this for the reasons indicated in the blog post I shared above.