Unless your site is cutting edge then chances are the answer is no. Over the last year browsing the internet on-the-go has exploded in popularity. More and more people are using their smartphones such as Androids and iPhones, or tablets like the iPad, to browse websites. It’s predicted that 2014 will be the tipping point when more people will be browsing the web on their handheld devices than on traditional desktop computers. Despite this massive increase in popularity, most of the web has not yet caught up with the mobile revolution. This means that when you visit a website on a handheld device you see the entire website. A design that would normally have a full sized desktop monitor to display itself in is crammed into a small screen. If you have found yourself having to pinch and zoom to be able to see the words, click buttons and fill out forms on the website then you will know how frustrating and slow this can be. Is there a better way? Yes! Instead of showing the full desktop design your website should be tailored to fit on a small screen device. Text should be larger, buttons should have lots of space around them so you can press them with your fingers and navigation menus should be tucked away until you need them. There are currently two main types of mobile website. The first technique that came out was to set up two sites. The main website and a separate website specifically designed for mobile visitors. This was effective but meant that web site owners had to remember to update both sites whenever they made changes. Out of date and reduced content is frustrating to mobile visitors. As mobile technology moved on a better technique was developed which is known as responsive design. Responsive design takes a single website and enhances it with technology that can detect the size of the screen a visitor is using when they look at your website. If they visit on a desktop computer with a large monitor then the full site is displayed. If they visit on a small handheld device then the website detects this and changes its layout to fit snuggly into the screen space available, adjusting font sizes and padding along the way. The good news is that your website can most likely be enhanced to support a mobile friendly, responsive design. DBS Internet Marketing are experts at converting websites to use responsive design techniques. Our website has more to read and an introductory video which will help you understand mobile friendly websites in more detail.
DBS have added a mobile website simulator to our website to showcase some of our clients who now have mobile websites, and to illustrate the difference having a mobile website makes to the way your site is viewed on a phone. If you go to our mobile websites page you will see a gallery at the bottom of the page with clickable images of a sample of some of our clients. If you click through you will see how their site looked before we made it a mobile website, and how it now looks, and what a difference it makes. Having a website which looks good and is easy to use on both a traditional PC as well as a mobile device is vital because in recent years more and more people have started using internet "on the go". It is predicted that surfing the web on a mobile device will overtake surfing the web on a PC by 2014. There is therefore a high chance that your clients and potential clients will be viewing your site and considering your services whilst sat on the train, in a cafe or at home using their iPad, iPhone, tablet or smartphone. It doesn't make a good impression if the website they view doesn't display properly on their mobile device, and if they have to scroll around or pinch the screen to view your information. Chances are they will end up getting fed up and look at the website of a competitor whose site is mobile friendly. If you are interested in having your website made mobile friendly, contact David Clarke on FREEPHONE 0800 988 8366 for more information.