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A guide to mobile web development tools

Depending on the role you take in planning your mobile website, it might be worthwhile to know a little bit about mobile web development tools if you want to have a better understanding of what exactly your web developer is doing for you.

Every web developer will have their own preferred tools that they use regularly, and there really are new tools released on a daily basis. This said, there are some big boys that are commonly used in the industry, and below we’ve tried to collect a small sample of some of the most important web tools.

Bootstrap
One of the all time most popular front end development tools, Bootstrap is made “for nerds, by nerds”. Bootstrap takes coding out of organising the layout of your site, including your content. This tool makes use of an intuitive 12 column grid system that allows you to move your content around freely. One of the many great things about Bootstrap is that you can experiment with many different designs without taking lots of time.

Codly
Codly is another web tool with broad applications. You can use the easy drag and drop elements to create a website easily, or using the feature for mobile apps you can put an app together. The best thing of all about Codly is that whatever you plan on using it for, coding is taken out of the equation.

Slideout
Slideout is a handy new tool used for creating menus for mobile sites or mobile applications. Unlike a conventional menu, Slideout as the name suggests can slide in and out of view when needed. This means that your site or app can benefit from saving space, and showing of the most content at all times, rather than having a static menu in the wa

As mentioned, there really are new tools being developed everyday. Hopefully this has given you a start when it comes to understanding development tools.

Mobile website development tips for beginners

First of all, don’t be nervous if you’re new to doing business over the web, everyone has to start somewhere. You may well have looked around already and been baffled with the jargon and depth that many articles will explain is essential for success today. Fortunately, things aren’t as complicated as the experts always make them seem, or at least, as the non-expert, they don’t need to be for you.

Below is a simple, straightforward guide for what to prioritise when you begin your mobile website development, along with a short explanation for why it’s important.

Fast Loading
The first point to bare in mind when developing a mobile website is that people on the move will naturally experience varied levels of connection, and this means that unlike a static wifi at home, it can be unreliable. For this reason you should focus on making sure that your pages load as quickly as possible, to hold your viewer’s attention. How can you achieve this? Simple. Keep media on each page to a minimum, and refine your content down to the essentials. Done.

Handheld
Keep in mind that the user of your mobile site must be able to navigate using their fingers and thumbs. How can you make your site more finger friendly you might ask. Make large icons for all clickable features like menus and other navigation buttons. You should also focus on using clear, easy to read fonts, that are large enough when viewed with a mobile or tablet.

Minimal
Finally, and this kind of connects up with both of the previous points too; keep things minimal when it comes to mobile website development. Not only is this important for loading times, and keeping content clear on a smaller device, it also allows your reader to focus on the content of your site, rather than the clutter surrounding it.

Getting started on mobile website development

It doesn’t make any difference if you’re new to the world of doing business online, or if you’re a seasoned veteran, mobile website development has become a crucial part of doing business via a website. Despite the significant role that mobile websites now play, though, we consistently find that this is an area where businesses under invest.

It’s hard to say why so many businesses operating online neglect their mobile website, though evidence suggests that a considerable reason is that many people are still unaware of the traffic volume which uses the mobile web. With the current generation of smart phones we find ourselves connected to the web all day, everyday, and below is some handy advice for taking advantage of mobile websites.

Mobile website development is a broad term, and it can mean many different things. It might be that you are looking to improve the appearance of your mobile website. Or, perhaps, you might wish to add extra features so that your mobile site is more functional, e-commerce, for example. Other forms of development can simply include improving the things your site already does, or finally, it might mean developing your website from scratch.

In the early days of the mobile web, websites were far more limited than those used on desktop computers. This meant sacrificing much of your website’s content for a mobile site that would then have to be built separately.

Today though, much has changed. The technology in place for websites that are accessed using mobile devices is more or less as powerful as the desktop equivalent. The main effect of this is that we can now build one website responsively, and it can be used and accessed via any device, including mobile. So whether you are yet to build any website, or if you’re just building your mobile site now, you do have the capacity to use the same site for mobile as for your normal PC browsers.

A current guide to mobile web development best practices

It’s important to keep up to date in the ever moving world of the mobile web, so welcome to our round-up of the most current mobile web development best practices. To build a site in 2016 that captures your viewers’ imagination and which also works functionally isn’t such an easy task, but it’s something you can work toward.

One of the most important things that should always be remembered is all about simplicity. A plain black and white, or otherwise tonal neutral colour schemes will help to focus the eye of the viewer on the content, as opposed to the bright decoration surrounding it.

Just as important as appearance is that the page to page navigation needs to be simple, this means that your reader should be able to move through the site as quickly as possible, without getting lost.

The most important element of all when considering the mobile web is a fully responsive website design. There is now a too much research to ignore to demonstrate that mobile traffic is becoming more and more important every day, and now makes up the majority of all browsing time. You must make sure that your website is responsive for all device types in a fluid way, as well as all browsers and with all operating systems.

Finally, if you want to stay ahead of your competition then one of the most interesting mobile web development practices that we’d like to mention are interactive elements. There are lots of different of ways to make your website interactive but one of our favourites are Ghost icons.

Ghost icons are another great innovation that’s come from mobile design and moved to all parts of the web. Menus and other features which can be dragged and dropped across the screen are great ways to improve your user’s experience too.