Mobile Web Design and User Experience

Mobile phones have gained widespread popularity since the iPhone came out and since then, other devices running on various different platforms have also sprouted. As more people get phones that are capable of web browsing, more web sites and site owners are adding some emphasis on mobile web design versions of their site.


A mobile version isn’t always as simple as making your current website show up on someone?s phone the same as if they were using a normal web browser. Since there is a smaller amount of real estate on a mobile screen, there is more of focus on efficient use of that space as well as taking into account (as always) load time and standards compliant web design.

The big question for someone looking to redo the mobile version of their site would be, “What are the users of my site going to do when accessing it through a mobile devices?” A good example of this would be comparing the two versions of Flickr. Both versions have, more or less, the same content on the page, but the hierarchy changes for the smaller screen. They also appear to be taking into account the fact that most people probably aren’t going there just to browse images as much as they are visiting mobile to manage their account or access certain information.

So depending on your website, and why people visit your site, you can start to imagine what features could stand to be tucked away and how you want to use the available space to provide a fast, clear and user-friendly experience for mobile visitors.

Content is (still) King and once again people are going to your site, mobile or otherwise, to access certain information, always think about how you want that content to be delivered and you will be one step ahead in the mobile web design game..

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