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Taking advantage of the best mobile website examples

Whatever stage you’re at with your mobile website, from having an existing site, to the initial stage of planning, it can really pay off to look into the best mobile website examples around the web. You can draw ideas and inspiration from any website, but you should pay particular attention to those in your own industry.

Building a foundation
Once you have your foundation laid you can start to make your website your own. You can add branding and your own brand personality, and consider any nifty features such as drop-down menus or other interactive features that can improve the experience for your audience. Anything you can do here to stand out from the crowd could be the difference between a user clicking off of, or staying on your page.

Design inspiration
First of all when you start browsing the web for design inspiration, be sure to look out for some basic principles that you will use for your web design. To name a few really useful examples of design principles, we could start with simplicity as a golden rule for mobile design. A simple and clean design ensures that your content remains the most important thing on the page, and can also do a great deal to help speed your mobile website up. Also be sure to look out for how you might structure your pages, and how each will link together, this is known as your site architecture.

Find the strengths and weaknesses of your competition
By checking out the strengths and weaknesses of your rivals you can highlight many areas that are relevant to your own website design plans. Look for any consistent features that all might have in common and ask yourself if there is a good reason for that feature, or if not, consider how you can change things to make your own site unique.

What to take from great mobile website examples

When you set out to start building a website, things can get complicated pretty quickly, especially if you’re not that familiar with working online. One of the recommendations we always make to people planning a new site, or a revamp of an existing site is to do some research and look around at great mobile website examples that are already live.

There’s much you can learn about what makes a good website, as well as about your own personal preferences by browsing around great website designs, both within and outside of your industry. Below are some of the main benefits you can gain by thoroughly researching other websites before planning your own.

Taking inspiration

The first benefit of looking around at your competition and other inspiring business websites is that you can take a collection of great ideas so as to find ways to make them your own. Consider how each page is laid out, how menus and navigation around sites are formatted, as well as the content on each page.

Avoiding mistakes

As well as cherry picking the best bits from inspiring websites, thorough research can also help you to avoid the pitfalls that your competition may have made. By taking notes not only on what you like and think works well, but also by considering things to avoid, you’ll save time and resources and will be able to avoid diminishing the effect of your website.

Saving time

By having a really clear idea of what you want and don’t want on your website you’ll be able to save time when it comes to developing your site, and you will benefit from not experimenting with ideas which have clearly failed elsewhere. By saving precious time and resources you will be able to spend it in other ways, and in the end you’ll have a more impressive website as a result.

Finding fair mobile web design prices

First of all, it’s worth mentioning a few key points when discussing the subject of mobile web design prices, if only to give some context. Firstly, although many seem to worry about the cost when it comes to mobile web design, the cost actually isn’t excessive, and a top rate mobile web design can now be picked up for a bargain, unlike say 5 to 10 years ago.

The next important thing to understand is that “mobile web design” takes on a slightly new meaning thanks to recent progress in how we use the Internet on mobile devices and tablets. The rapid evolution of the technology in our pockets means developers are constantly racing to find new solutions to new problems, and the way we design for mobile has changed as a result.

Once upon a time, if you wanted an online presence that your customer could use on their mobile device, you might have set up an independent website, separate from the one that visitors using a PC would access. This could be done in one of a few different ways, including using a separate sub-domain, or using an “m dot” website.

Since responsive web design has blossomed, most of the more traditional ways of developing a mobile website have become largely obsolete. Responsive design means building a website, usually with an intuitive grid system, that scales your web page up or down depending upon the device being used to access the page.

Responsive design has changed the way we go about building websites, and particularly how we develop mobile ready sites. Thanks to the development of responsive design, if you’re building your site for the first time you can now build one that works across all devices, from your personal computer to your mobile or tablet, making web design overall far more cost effective.  

What to expect with mobile web design prices

When mobile websites first came about, it was far more technically challenging to design a solid purpose built website than it is now, and the results were far less smooth around the edges. By 2016, mobile web design has become far more readily available, and integrated with your “normal” website design. As a result, mobile web design prices are now far more friendly than they once were.

One huge factor which is really a game changer when it comes to mobile website design prices, is the advent of mobile first design. You can now build your website using a responsive design which adapts to whatever screen size it’s being used on. The main advantage of this is that if you’re building a new website, you needn’t build two separately, simply one that works across all devices.

If however you already have an existing website that you would like re-built to fit a mobile ready specification, then as a rough guide for price, look at how much you spent building your existing site. The mobile version should be fairly comparable for price, though of course there are no set prices, and it will depend on a few key features.

The first variable you should bare in mind is website size. As you might expect, the larger your website in terms of pages, content, product; the more it will cost. Next, any important feature that you’ll need, e-commerce for example, or map services, will also add a little to the overall price.

If you are just looking to build a very simple destination website, with simple info like address and contact info then you should be able to find a premium service for under $1000 dollars that will cover all of the basics you’ll need. As we’ve covered elsewhere in the blog, the investment is well worth the potential returns.