Nowadays, with all the possible devices you can connect to the Internet with, the creation of websites is becoming quite a trying profession. The family desktop computer or laptop are no longer the only devices users can use to access the web, the number of people who rely on iPhones and iPads is growing, and web designers have to adapt to the new trend.
Unfortunately, many websites are not equipped for these devices and do not offer the options and tools users need to be able to view the web pages correctly. This may be due to lack of updates or money to invest in for their websites, whichever the case, it is essential to keep up with the trends and work on the redesigning of your website if you want more users to be able to access the pages properly.
Optimizing a website for mobile devices is not that complicated as many declare, it is however important to know which essential steps to follow, to make the optimization a success for the usability of your website.
The first step should be choosing the proper Markup, as this will render your content readable on most mobile devices. Make sure you use one markup language and keep to the same one during the creation of your website. In order to choose the most appropriate for your market niche, research your clients’ needs and adapt the Markup language to your typical users. The following languages are the basic ones used for most website creations and all have advantages and disadvantages according to the use you make of them.
XHTML is the language that is used for mobile phones and specifically for these types of mobile devices, and is therefore the most popular computer language used for the Internet. WML is a wireless language used for all those websites that use email, calendar or news service. This type of language is usually used for less sophisticated mobile devices and cheaper mobile phones, so you will need to check your user-type to decide which of the two Markup languages best suit your prospective clients.
You also need to find out what type of mobile device you are designing for, as each particular device has different rendering capacities, with different screen sizes. The more common ones are the 240 x 320 or 128 x 160 screen sizes, although you can have your website adjust to the screen size automatically. You can use web services to create your website for the different mobile devices, such as Mobify, as they will help you customize your website for mobile device users as well as desktop and laptop users.
The most popular way to adapt websites is to re-scale the original website so that it will adjust to the requirements of mobile devices. However, this is not a good idea, for people that are browsing through your web pages want to access these rapidly and this will not happen if you re-scale. The best way is to redesign it completely, taking into consideration the key elements that are essential to all users.