Today, many people live on the go. This is one of the reasons why personal computers have morphed over the years into laptops, then tablets and now into smart phones which are basically just small PCs. As devices continue to get smaller, the need for developers to design websites that are adaptive to the different sizes of the mobile devices increases to enable users to access these sites from their devices while on the go.
As a budding web developer, there are simple ways you can ensure the site you are developing is adaptive to different mobile devices. Here are 4 easy tips for you.
Tip 1: Create a simple version of your website
One strategy you can use for mobile web design is creating a very simple version that can be accessed using any mobile device including the very low end smartphones. Ensure that the site contains the very basic content and information that is sufficient for visitors to the site to be able to make a decision. The information could be the company’s contact info, call to action and so on.
Tip 2: Come up with multiple versions of the website
This will only work if you have the time, resources and expertise as it will require you to design a couple of versions of the same website, with each being optimized for a different screen size and device features. Depending on the user’s device, they will then be automatically directed to the website version that suits their device. Some designers actually believe that this is the best way to go.
Tip 3: Go for content adaptation
Another option at your disposal is coming up with a single website design, then adapting it to different devices. In this case, the website’s basic structure stays the same on all the devices, however certain elements like the image sizes, videos, and so on will be adapted to the individual devices depending on what they can support.
Tip 4: Work on a high-end version of the mobile site
Many web designers tend to forget or overlook the fact that there are users who will access some of these sites from high-end mobile devices. It’s always a good idea to come up with a high-end version of the mobile site for such users. This is because high-end mobile devices such as iPhones or Droid have the capacity to handle higher resolutions and graphics therefore, it’s a good idea to enable these users to fully enjoy their mobile web experience.
These are merely suggestions and different options a designer can choose from therefore it will be a good idea to have a better understanding of what each entails and go for the one that works best for you.
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