The Mobile Website

July 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Web Design | Comments Off on The Mobile Website
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The Mobile Website
I’ve just had a shock.
I’ve just remembered the exasperation of waiting for a website to materialise on my monitor.  The same experience I had for years because the web was slow because I had to use dial up modems, and I had to watch the Netscape icon swirl around whilst I waited for a website to appear. When it did, the page would slowly load as there were too many large graphics and animated gifs and mostly the sites were ugly. Why have I been so rudely reminded of the past? I surfed the web on an HTC mobile device, and experienced the web as it was a decade ago.  I’ve not had access to a PDA before and I never wondered how the web looked on a small screen.  I really hadn’t thought about the web on the PDAs and iPhones until I actually had a look.  It was like going back in time.
I’m not alone, have a look at this article: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-usability.html
All websites are designed for bigger screens and even the simplest website will need to be designed to be more accessible for a mobile screen. Is it worth it?  More people are buying these mobile devices as they are becoming easily affordable.  These people could be your customers.
My next (unpaid) job will be to make our Solutions Factory site accessible for the mobile web, so that might take a little time as I have paid jobs to do, and with those I will be persuading our clients that they need a mobile web site.
Use this tool from Google to view your website on a mobile phone screen and also look at a website optimised for a mobile phone such as the BBC:

I’ve just had a shock.

I’ve just remembered the exasperation of waiting for a website to materialise on my monitor.  The same experience I had for years because the web was slow because I had to use dial up modems, and I had to watch the Netscape icon swirl around whilst I waited for a website to appear. When it did, the page would slowly load as there were too many large graphics and animated gifs and mostly the sites were ugly. Why have I been so rudely reminded of the past? I surfed the web on an HTC mobile device, and experienced the web as it was a decade ago.  I’ve not had access to a PDA before and I never wondered how the web looked on a small screen.  I really hadn’t thought about the web on the PDAs and iPhones until I actually had a look.  It was like going back in time.

I’m not alone, have a look at this article: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-usability.html

All websites are designed for bigger screens and even the simplest website will need to be designed to be more accessible for a mobile screen. Is it worth it?  More people are buying these mobile devices as they are becoming easily affordable.  These people could be your customers.

My next (unpaid) job will be to make our Solutions Factory site accessible for the mobile web, so that might take a little time as I have paid jobs to do, and with those I will be persuading our clients that they need a mobile web site.

Use this tool from Google to view your website on a mobile phone screen and also look at a website optimised for a mobile phone such as the BBC:
http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/mobile/default/search.html

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