Mobile phones and tablets have become part of life – life without these devices simply looks impossible. The mobile phone and tablet industry has become 1.7 billion-strong this year. So if the current trend continues, prediction says that mobile phones and tablets will outnumber the human population in the world.
This prediction has made the companies relying on internet marketing desperately looking for innovative way to develop websites to fit into the requirements of mobile and tablets. Keeping the basic concepts about web design same regardless of the platform on which it is published, it is the need of the hour for web developers to make certain that their designs are as friendly to mobile platforms as possible. With the advent of mobiles and tablets quite rapidly, the number of Website searches coming from small screen devices stands almost 20% and this proportion is expected to go up to 30% within a year specially after the introduction of the Microsoft Surface device, as well as the products from Apple, Amazon and Google.
But most of the websites today do not have the capacity to adequately handle the display of pages when shown in a very narrow window. With this in mind, developers should be adequately knowledgeable of the different platforms used by mobile phone and tablets released in the market. Moreover, developers should be familiar with the different browsers patronized by mobile phone and tablet users to ensure the websites they are developing can be easily accessed by users in their narrow screen devices. Knowledge on both web designing and the setup of various such devices would give the developer a clear advantage in making sure that the website functions in the way that it is meant to be.
There are already some automatic upgradation from the service providers and Microsoft to cope up with new devices.
Microsoft has introduced the Windows 8 operating system covering the full range of screen-sizes. The “Metro” interface can handle all device screen-sizes – from the Smartphone to large monitors. The acceptance of the Windows 8 operating system’s Live Tiles for conventional desktop usage has been dismal. Users do not like the new interface and prefer the more efficient Start Menu for selections. Third-party software is available that restores the Start Menu and provides a Windows 7 lookalike interface – and sales have reached the tens of thousands.
To act properly about the continuously changing needs, the web develops should consider the facts. It should keep a track on different hardware/software tools those are being introduced in new mobiles and tablets. Almost every month, some new devices are coming up with new design and features. So the only way is be updating you on those new hardware and software tools and use this knowledge to develop a website that is flexible to all sorts of devices.
Use clean source code for the website to make it easily comprehensible. Every web develop knows that each page that he/she designs is read by different platforms are mere codes. Thus, if the code is messy, there is a high chance that the platforms will also take more time to “read” the code. This makes loading time longer, which of course can discourage traffic.
Website should be made in a way to ensure quick loading by the devices. It should be taken into consideration that the gadgets like mobiles and tablets cannot load web pages as fast as laptops and computers can. So to ensure a faster loading the developer may opt for a minimalist design. These types of website designs are perfect for mobile browsing because it takes less time to load without compromising the content of the site.