Essential Things to Consider When Building a Mobile-Friendly Site

Web development specialists must respond to the changing times. With more and more people owning a smartphone that keeps them connected at all times via the internet, it pays to have a mobile-friendly site. This means that when people visit your site, they can easily navigate it and interact with it.

So how will you do exactly that? Here are the things you need to consider first:

The Best Approach for Your Site

Depending on your priority for the kind of mobile user experience you want to achieve, your choice of approach for your website should be your prime consideration when building a mobile-friendly site. You can choose to go with dynamic or RESS serving in which you retain the URL but the CSS and HTML sent by the server are different, depending on the type of device that accesses the page. Another option is to use a separate mobile site that you will host on a subfolder (www.domain.com/mobile) or subdomain (m.domain.com). Or you can go the simplest route, which is to keep everything the same as your desktop version, but have the CSS provide various rules depending on browser width.

The Design of Your Mobile Site

There is a unique challenge to building a mobile version vis-à-vis a desktop version of a website. Mobile users prefer to be able to view the same design theme as your desktop version on your mobile version. This assures them that they are visiting the right site. So consistency is the key here.

At the same time, though, people visiting your mobile site will hate to see on their mobile devices an exact replica of your desktop version that crams everything on a smartphone or tablet screen that is 10 times smaller than a desktop screen. That would be very disastrous in terms of design and loading speed.

Keeping these important considerations in mind when you start building a mobile-friendly site will help you create something that will suit the unique needs of your target visitors.