Gone are the days that web designers can design websites to fit sizes such as the old CRT monitor resolutions of 640 x 480 or 800 x 600 or even fixed paper sizes. These days a good designer must be able to accommodate all different screen shapes and sizes while still achieving the same message.
Web Designers have embraced this progressive approach by designing from small to big screens, rather than big to small as mobile devices are quickly overtaking desktops as the primary device used for web browsing.
With the convenience and high demand of information accessibility at our fingertips. Designing your website to be mobile friendly is not just an intelligent marketing decision, it is now expected.
There are over 1.2 billion mobile web users worldwide. In Australia, mobile only web users take up 45% of all web users, with PC’s at 37% and Tablets at 18% as of 2016. With these statistics, the design layout for a desktop user’s should not be forgotten. However neglecting to design just for desktop users would be a extreme marketing flaw, the goal is to appeal and provide to as many clients as possible across all device screen sizes and shapes.
With people now increasingly on the go, being more active, and accomplishing new and exciting things. They need companies to be able to accommodate and accompany them on their adventure. That is the beauty of mobile first; providing products/services from wherever your customers are at the touch of their fingers.
For more information on how to prepare your current website. Check out this this article on “What Google’s New Mobile-First Indexing Means for Your Business’s Website”
– Martin Gleeson