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How is a Mobile Website Different from a Regular Website?
And what is going mobile all about, and just how is a mobile website different from a regular website?
Read on to find out.
Users often navigate traditional websites by scrolling up and down, whereas mobile web
design generally employees left/right navigation – left to go back to the home page, and right to move on to the next page.
People who access a website via a mobile device are typically viewing it on a very small
screen. Therefore, the font, layout and graphics should be simple and clear.
When it comes to mobile web design, you must be careful not to overpower your content with graphics, or to cram too much content into one space.
Mobile websites are developed to work on a multitude of devices, some with much faster processing speeds than others.
For example, some people access the web using off-brand tablets (slow-loading), while others access the web using lightning-fast iPhones.
This means that mobile websites must work well in the lowest common denominator of all those devices, which in turn means page loads should ideally be below 100K (the “size” of two to three standard graphics).
Again, mobile sites are viewed on smaller than average screens; therefore, content on a mobile site is generally shorter and more concise.
In addition to being clear and viewable (as previously mentioned), graphics should be light-weight, or quick-loading.
Many people who view the web via a mobile device pay fees for data transfer – the more data, the more it costs; therefore, graphics are generally only used when they are a necessary component of the site’s content (as opposed to being purely decorative).
5 Things You Should Know Before You Hire a Mobile Website Designer
Here are five things you should know before you hire a mobile website designer:
The concept of mobile websites is relatively new, and it requires a new web design
protocol. While it is likely that most web designers are plenty capable of learning how to design mobile sites, it’s not true that they know how to do it until they have actually done it, and successfully, a number of times.
You don’t want to be a guinea pig.
Mobile versus traditional
Mobile websites are different than traditional websites, in some very fundamental ways. Even if you have an awesome traditional website, it doesn’t necessarily convert to a great mobile site. As a matter of fact, odds are your traditional site will look awful as a mobile site. Be prepared to make some major changes to your idea of what you think a website should be.
While it may be important to load your traditional website with a comprehensive library ofthorough and detailed content (content is king, right?), writing content for mobile websites is a totallydifferent ballgame.
Of course, quality is important, but quantity is another issue altogether. Your content will have to be short, concise, and to the point. . .
Your mobile site designer will have to know how to create a site that won’t distort when, bychance, it is viewed on a larger screen.
Ask prospective designers for examples of their work, and make sure their sites look good on a variety of screen sizes – mobile and otherwise.
This is important.
Mobile site designers must be able to optimize your site for the quickestload speed possible. This is another thing you can verify when checking out examples of their work.
As you can see, hiring a mobile website designer takes some special considerations.