Mobile Websites

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If we went back in time and looked at websites ten years ago, we would see that websites were fixed-width websites. The websites looked fine on our desktop and laptop computers, but would be a mess on our mobile phones (which was probably a flip-phone or a Nokia brick). Not many people accessed the internet through their phones. And only big companies could afford to create a second, separate website just for mobile users.

Flash forward to today.

90% of American adults own a mobile phone.

45% of American adults own a tablet computer.

63% of those mobile phone users use their phone to access the internet.


Times are changing, and when it comes to websites, the vast popularity of mobile, internet-ready devices is creating a need for websites that can adapt to the many device widths out there.

Today, lots of people use the internet on small, mobile devices. Because of this, there is a strong trend for businesses to make mobile-optimized websites to provide a positive experience for people browsing their site on a phone or tablet.



Let’s Talk About “Responsive Design”

Responsive Design is a useful web developing technique that allows a website to contort to various screen sizes. I like to call this technique, “one-size-fits-all.” Responsive Design is an alternative to creating a 2nd, mobile site. This means less hassle, since you only need to manage one site instead of two.

It’s hard to explain what exactly “Responsive Design” is, so why don’t you take a look for yourself? This entire website is responsive, so go ahead and resize your current browser (hover your cursor over the window edge ↔). Notice what happens to the text, images, and the menu as the window gets narrower.




A mobile-optimized website means more than just making it fit the smaller screen — it also means understanding the challenges of using the internet on a mobile device and then using that understanding to provide a superior mobile experience.

To provide a superior mobile experiences, a lot of testing and a lot of considerations need to be made. When it comes to testing, I am to be as thorough as possible. Here’s a small example of how I like to make life easy for mobile users:


The above screenshot is from my very own Samsung tablet. When I select a form field, by default, a regular keyboard pops up. However, because we want optimize for mobile users, we can make a numerical field like Phone Number have a numerical keyboard pop up instead, to save time.

Sound interesting to you? Contact me and I can tell you more about my mobile development and responsive design.