How does web design and planning differ for mobile websites? First, way fewer graphics and smaller graphics.
Second, way less text. Those readers who access your site by phone won’t have long amounts of time to read tons of content. Your content needs to be short and to the point in bullet fashion.
Third, your navigation must be very clear and very succinct. You want to make it extremely easy for them to find what they are looking for. Because of this, I recommend narrowing your pages to a mere handful of say 4-8 pages.
These pages should definitely contain contact information such as phone number as well as driving directions. This is one of the main reasons people look for a site online, so make sure you meet their need and make it easy for them to get to you.
Fourth, you should include RSS feeds for them to subscribe to. If they choose to subscribe its an easy way for them to keep up to date about events and specials at your company.
What makes someone qualified to be a mobile web designer? If you are considering extending your business through a mobile site design, I would seriously consider hiring a professional mobile web designer.
A mobile web designer will know about the limitations for the various cell phones on the market, how to get your new mobile site listed in the mobile website directories, be able to make recommendations about hosting and how to tie your new.mobi site to your current website.
They will also know the difference between HTML (the code used to build regular web pages) and the code necessary to build a site visible on cell phones.
If you keep the above points in mind when looking for or interviewing a mobile web designer you will not have a problem successfully launching your web design for mobile phones.
In a nutshell, to fulfill the end users needs it is imperative to create a mobile website and follow these suggestions. If possible test your website on different mobile devices or seek out using an emulator that will allow you to view your designs.
Lastly, keep up with any new trends as mobile device technology is always changing, having awareness of these updates will aid in successful design.