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Professional mobile web development tools

In this blog post we’re taking a brief look at some of the finest tools that your developer might have in their Arsenal for professional mobile web development. Some will be simple enough for anyone to understand to some extent, and we’ll look at a few other more advanced bits of kit.

Bootstrap

First of all let’s take a look at Bootstrap, the mobile web development tool made by geeks for geeks. In case you were wondering, the “geeks” it was made by are the same ones who bought you Twitter, and Bootstrap has followed with a similar height of success being the most viewed tool on GitHub by some margin.

Bootstrap allows you to develop a platform for responsive website design, meaning a web design which works seamlessly across different devices. The tool is packed with features including a 12 column responsive grid which helpfully breaks down your webpage so you can see how it will appear on different size devices.

You’ll also get dozens of extra components, typography, JavaScript forms and much more to give you a beautiful and simple tool to build beautiful websites. Bootstrap isn’t just great in Internet explorer but can now be used across browsers and devices too.

Play Framework

Play Framework is a wonderfully simple tool for developing mobile web apps. A mobile web app is an alternative to switching your desktop site to be responsive to different devices and the result is a mobile site that looks and feels far more like a native app.

Using Play Framework is a pleasure and seeing your new changes implemented to the web app design is really quick, simply click on the refresh button to see your changes.

There is really no exhaustive list of mobile web development tools, and each developer will have their own preferences. For more info on particular tools look around the blog, here are some other interesting tools to check out in the meantime:

  • Sublime
  • Dimensions
  • Divvy
  • Charles
  • Scss

mobile website development – where to start

If you’ve never built a website from scratch before then believe me, it’s no simple task. Once the task of creating a website’s worth of content, there’s still the matter of how it’s going to be presented, and so many other questions down to minute details. Here’s is a short list of some great places to start your mobile website development.

Great content

First and foremost you’re going to need great content, you might not yet know where it’s all going to go or how it’s going to be presented, but you should first gather an idea of all of the type of content that you’ll definitely need as a starting point for your website.

Make a plan of all essential content you’ll need first, this could be text or images, information, or product genres, these will be the foundation of your website development project. Next it’s time to plan how you’ll make this content unique and how it will stand out from your competition.

Great design

Next think about how you want your website to appear to the viewer’s eye. To cover your basic design we would always recommend starting simple with clearly structured as formatted web pages with simple navigation and menus to move between pages.

Once you have a basic skeleton you can consider more interesting design features like hidden menus, ghost buttons and more.

Responsive design

Next be sure to make responsive design a priority. Now over half of all web traffic and purchases come from mobile devices so it’s absolutely essential that your net reaches out to catch this passing traffic. Without responsive design today you really only have half a website.

A strong SEO campaign

Finally set about starting your SEO campaign. SEO is all about relating your website to search engines. It starts with basic tweeks like editing page meta tags, meta titles and urls and continues with keyword research for your content, the creation of a custom blog, and much more.

 

The impact of mobile website development

Mobile website development encompasses anything from the transition into responsive design to any kind of development and upkeep which you undertake in the course of running your site. This can include any work on your mobile design, SEO techniques and more.

But what impact will these developments have on your website’s success? Well let’s briefly take a look at some different kinds of mobile website development and consider how they might each have a positive effect on your website.

Responsive design

Responsive design means that your website will work seamlessly with different mobile devices. Traditionally the Internet only needn’t to be expressed on a small range of screen sizes, today though with such a variety of screen sizes when you consider your home PC, laptop, tablet, and mobile devices, with each model made in its own specific size.

Responsive design solves this problem and makes having your website explored on mobile devices possible vastly increasing your traffic flow.

Website design

How your audience perceives you is important, and the way your branding comes across in your website design is important. Your design defines how you express yourself to your audience and how you define your brand. Depending on your industry you may wish to come across with a professional feel, or with fun appeal, or a luxury aesthetic, here are some great tips which work across all niches.

When designing your website use subtle tonal colour schemes rather than bright colours or patterns. After all the last thing you want is to distract your viewers eye from your content, try using calm uniform tones or monochrome as an easy but elegant solution.

Maps

When designing for mobile it’s possible to integrate local map services to direct customers to your door. Maps are especially useful for retail or hospitality businesses.

Instant call button

You can also add an instant call feature, this allows your customer to directly call you with one click of a button to ask for directions or to place an order or make a reservation.

Essential Mobile Web Development Tools: An Overview

 

This blog post is dedicated to all the website owners out there who like to understand a little bit about how the SEO techniques that they invest in will work for their website. We’ll be taking a look at different mobile web development tools, and specifically the role that they play in website development. Though there is no explicit need to understand these tools in too much detail, a basic understanding can make a difference with how you plan your website in the long term.

Each web developer will have their own favourite tools in their SEO toolkit, though the tools we look at below are widely used, and they cover all the foundations of a basic SEO strategy, delivering you a functional and effective website.

Bootstrap
As the tagline states, Bootstrap is made for geeks, by geeks. This web tool creates a stunning front-end framework for developing websites across platforms, to any level of simplicity or complexity. This tool is the most viewed on Github, it offers tonnes of features, plugins, and can be used for any website, for any use.

Appcelerator
The Twitter favourite Appcelerator boasts some of the most impressive features as an app-building tool. Make use of this tool for web apps, native apps, mobile apps and functions across PHP, HTML, and JavaScript.

Alpha Anywhere
Another tool for developing web apps, mobile apps, and hybrid applications with a distinctly native look and feel. Among the unique benefits of Alpha Anywhere is the extremely straightforward nature and the speed with which apps can be created in a professional way.

Divvy
Divvy is the perfect tool for creating responsive sites. Dividing your web pages into grids, Divvy creates instant formatting for your website across any and all devices. Divvy is a universal tool for scaling any website for responsive design. It’s that simple! 

 

Why mobile web application development is so popular



Of course mobile web application development follows from the inspiration of native apps for mobile devices but they’ve come to have a life of their own, and they are now widely a first choice for businesses looking to make a mobile app for their website. But why exactly are they so popular?

With businesses
The first reason that mobile web apps are great for businesses is their convenience. Directing a mobile user to your app usually requires going through the app store, finding the app, and finally downloading and installing it before use. Directing a user to your web app though just requires them to click on your website, and voila! A mobile web app is an alternative to a website, which looks and feels like an app, and which works otherwise exactly as a website would.

Secondly businesses love mobile web apps because it allows them to create interesting creative and interactive web designs which are more suited for a hand-held device. Native apps (those that you download and install) were designed especially for use with mobile phones, unlike websites. Using an app like platform is natural and is more appropriate for hand-held device in many ways than a responsive design which makes a mobile website look like a weak copy of the desktop website plan.

With consumers
Mobile web apps are popular with consumers for many of the same reasons that they are with a business. They are pleasant to use, and feel more intuitively finger friendly. Additionally a mobile web app can incorporate tonnes of features that a standard mobile site cannot, including interactive elements and animations that make the user experience more fun, and more involved. Plus unlike mobile websites, web apps are not device specific, and so regardless of your mobile device the web app should respond the uniformly.

The finest mobile website examples


So many websites are now like a part of our day to day life that we take them for granted. Within a few years the potential was quickly realized with mobile devices and we can now do anything from reading and sending emails, to paying bills and transferring money, or just reading the news while on the go. Plenty of wonderful mobile websites have emerged, but as always there are a fateful few that are always setting new trends and raising the bar for the rest. Here we thought we’d just take a moment to appreciate some of the finest mobile website examples on the web.

Google maps
Of course most phones come with some form of map application ready installed, and some devices already have Google maps as standard; if you use iOS though or any other non Google hardware and don’t want to download the app and take up precious space the Google maps website is always ready at hand. One of the most distinctive, simple, and sophisticated map technologies ever can be easily navigated through your browser, meaning you’ll never get stuck out when on the go again.

The Guardian
The Guardian of the UK has led the way in digital media since it’s birth, and their mobile website showcases the best of online news for mobile. The site can be navigated like a native app and media like videos load in players that work dynamically with your specific mobile device making viewing a pleasure for all.

ASOS
Finally Asos have led the way in the fashion industry for years, and though many impressive and innovative competitors have sprung up, Asos hasn’t slackened their pace. All of the content for each particular items page is perfectly presented so that you can view everything from: sizing details, availability; an array of interactive imagery, and even catwalk videos;  recommended “looks great with” suggestions and so on, all at once.