Since people are more and more inclined towards using web from their mobile devices, the demand for optimizing websites for these mobile devices also surges. The process of creating mobile-friendly websites isn’t as hard as it seems. You just need a couple of processes and you are ready to go. I’d like to share some of the following processes which can help you create, manage and optimize a website for mobile devices.
Choosing the right markup is extremely important
Markeup language will make content readable by mobile browsers. So while creating your mobile-friendly website, choose a markup language that best suits your business requirements. How will you know which markup language to go for? Well, here are few tips on each markup language that’ll help you in mobile website development:
WML: Wireless Markup Language (WML) is ideal for sites that offer calendar service, email service and sports score. If your clients use low-end basic phones such as Nokia, you can easily opt for WML in that case.
XHTML: It is the computer language that’s designed specially for the mobile phones. Most of the phone browser supports XHTML. Today, XHTML has become the primary language of the web world. If your clients use high-end phones such as iPhone, XHTML is the ideal markup language for you.
Knowing your device well
Apart from markup languages, mobile phones vary largely in offering capabilities across various browsers. Since there are various shapes and sizes of mobile phones in the market, you have to be careful in understanding your target audience and make the process of mobile browsing easier for them. You can keep in mind few of the following factors:
1) Know the screen size of the mobile phones. Common screen sizes are 320×480, 128×160, 240×320, 176×220.
2) There are many who adjust their websites for hand-held devices such as smartphones and tablets. However, there are others who create mobile-optimized sites right from scratch. This is a great process since you can directly create sites specifically for mobile, while allowing web visitors to access your site on the web.
3) In order to make navigation across your site easier for visitors, include a link at the footer of your site that’ll take them to the mobile version of your site and vice-versa. This will make the viewers aware of both the versions of your site.
Scaling down your website
In order to create and manage sites for the mobile web, you have to scale down your site to fit the requirements of a mobile device. Keep in mind some of the following points for better mobile web development:
1) Minimize the navigation items and keep only those that your mobile user needs to access while on the move.
2) Your UI elements should be designed large. Mobile users drag texts and images. So you have to accommodate these to their fingertips.
3) Eliminate unnecessary animations and images since these will take additional loading time and make it difficult for the users to browse the site.
Following the aforementioned steps can help you in mobile website development to a large extent. So when are you developing one for your business?