We’ve heard all over the news and internet that now is the time to jump on the band wagon and get out business websites compatible with mobile web devices.. So let’s look deeper into the importance of creating web content that can be visible on a multitude of devices. We will talk about reasons why the time to address this issue is now.
Reason #1: It’s no surprise when we hear and see that the market is growing or smart phones and tablets. This leaves us with the questions, what does the future hold when it comes to internet on mobile devices and what does this mean for us?
Let’s take a peak at internet device sales.
In the first box we see the Smartphones overtaking the common “dumb” phones at a steady pace. In the second box we see the relation between the Smartphone and computers. According to these charts, Smartphones are selling more than simple phones, desktop pc’s and laptops. With the smartphone being more portable, people are looking to these devices to meet more than just their calling needs.
Now let’s look at the smartphones with the tablets and personal computers. Looking at sales alone, we can see tablets and smartphones are selling well above personal computers. As we look past 2012, we see this trend continuing into the future as well. Let’s look at one more visual.
By 2014, mobile internet should take over desktop internet usage. This is right around the corner. So let’s revisit the questions I asked earlier…
What does that mean to us? Well, that’s simple…
It means we need to make some changes.
We need to adapt to the new internet rules. We need to understand and see the changes that have come about because of the age of mobile internet usage and what this could mean for us. Yes, the rules have changed, but these changes are exciting. Let’s look at the question…
How has mobile and tablet use impacted web design?
Well, now there is less hypertext being used. The content is also more focused and more prioritized. Because people are usually on the go when accessing the web on a mobile device, it is important that the load times are fast. There is also less of the “point & click” and more of the touch or swipe action.
What current technologies can be used to make websites accessible on all devices?
Web designers can use alt text in images, descriptions so screen readers can read them, and closed captioning for video’s. Using HTML5 and CSS3 can also help a website render correctly on most devices.
Orbitz is a great example of mobile compatibility. It’s easy to maneuver with a tap of the finger.
Waccamaw Bank is a bad example. The page is difficult to navigate and the links are too small to tap.
The plan for Collins Catering would be to build the website in HTML5, change the gallery so it’s not using Flash. Also, venues would need to be listed so the consumer can click and bring up more information and pictures about each place. We would also create an easy to use calendar which can show available dates. The contact/information form would be simplified and easy to use as well.
Presentation on Mobile/Tablet Design By Michelle Lane
The Importance of creating webcontent that can be visible on a multitude of devices We will talk about reasons why the time to address this issue is now
It’s no surprise the market is growing for smart phones and tablets.But what does this mean for us?
Collins CateringShould Do theFollowing: I suggest building the website in HTML5 Change the gallery so it doesn’t use Flash Venues would need to be listed with capacity with photos Create an easy to use calendar Easy to use contact/information form