The use of mobile devices (Smart Phones, iPhone, iPad, Tablets) is nearly ubiquitous, and good site design will take the use of these devices into account. For many site visitors using mobile devices, there will be little difference in the experience of using a PC’s browser versus using the smaller screen of the mobile device. Here are a few items to keep in mind:
- Rollover effects and links may or may not be available.
- CSS call-outs for specific mobile browser types will allow for greater flexibility.
- Consider an alternate image set for pages that have heavy image content.
- There is a big difference between a mobile aware site and a mobile app: An app is a specific body of code that is downloaded to the mobile device. You want your site to be mobile aware.
- Adding code into the meta area of the webpage will help handle most mobile devices in use.
If you have a very high percentage of mobile users visiting your website for basic information, it may be practical to have a separate mobile site (m.yourwebsite.com). Redirection from the Main Site to the Mobile site is handled by your server and can be made automatic. This “m” site would contain the basic functionality of the main site, but would not include extensive information. Viewers can ultimately link back to the “full version” of the website if they choose to.
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