Mobile web sites as standard
Sometimes, when we do something day in and day out, we get so immersed in the subject, we develop a new language or way of understanding.
This is something that is particularly prevalent in education. Anyone who has worked in a school will go into the job without a clue about what the terms LA, GRTP, PGCE or TPS stand for. However after a while, everyone picks up the different meanings and then they slip into your own vocabulary, so much so that you start using them in general conversation with people outside of work, and then you suddenly realise that they are looking at you blankly because they are now in the position that you were not too long ago.
The same is true in all professions, including web design. Not only does the ‘language of the job’ creep into conversations and e-mails with customers, we also forget that not everyone is as up-to-date with the latest technologies or developments.
One of those areas, is mobile friendly web sites. These are something that have been around for many years now and as web site designers, we naturally ensure that any new site that we build is mobile friendly. Around 65% of people using the internet use mobile devices to view sites. In fact, you’re probably using one right now to read this.
Mobile friendly sites are industry standard now, so much so that we forget to mention to customers that their site will work on desktops, tablets and mobiles but it’s a question that almost always gets asked - ‘will my site be mobile friendly?’
As with education or in fact any profession, we should always remember that the language that we use on a day-to-day basis in our job is not always understood by people outside of the profession. In the same way that I would not understand what a car mechanic was telling me if he did not make it easy for me, we too should make more of an effort to see things from a customer’s point of view.
So, do we make mobile friendly web sites? Yes, as standard!