Why is it important to consider download speed when designing mobile websites?

Reading Time: 3 mins Designing any website for a mobile phone is a challenging experience. As clever as the technology of the smartphone is these days, there are still certain inherent problems that the mobile website designer has to overcome if he or she is to make the website as effective as it can possibly be.  The screen size…

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Usability guidelines for mobile websites

Reading Time: 4 mins Designing a mobile website doesn’t need to be complicated. Granted, there are special considerations that need to be borne in mind, but practicality and ease of use should always be uppermost in the designers mind. Obviously the easiest answer would be to modify the existing primary website to make it compatible for mobile handsets, but…

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The 10 most important mobile website trends for 2011

Reading Time: 4 mins In its annual mobile technology report, Forrester Research has outlined the trends it expects to see in mobile websites and mobile website design in the coming year. The hype around technologies like 4G and LTE, Near Field Communication (NFC), barcodes and augmented reality will continue to increase in 2011, and the use of mobile/social/location combinations…

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5 usability tips for mobile website design

Reading Time: 3 mins Be honest, how often have you been disappointed by the mobile web experience? You can almost tell with some mobile web sites that they haven’t so much been designed, as compressed and fudged. You can notice straight away when a designer has followed the path of least resistance and simply tried to pair down the…

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When will mobile internet overtake fixed line internet usage?

Reading Time: 2 mins It’s long been predicted that mobile internet usage would overtake fixed-line internet usage. All industry experts agreed that this was a likely scenario. Where they differed in opinion was when this was most likely to occur. Some believed the tipping point would come as early as 2010; others were more cautious believing that it may…

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Tips and best practices for mobile website design

Reading Time: 3 mins Accessing the internet through mobile handheld devices is commonplace these days. All businesses have realised that a large majority of their potential customers will want to access information when they’re out and about. Therefore it’s important for businesses to be in a position to make this information available quickly and conveniently. Obviously this means that…

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Mobile website design trends 2011

Reading Time: 2 mins Mobile phone and handheld device technology is moving at a rapid pace. Every month a rash of new devices comes into the market place boasting larger screen resolutions and more intuitive interfaces. All of these advances have resulted in better connectivity, faster mobile web browsing and significantly increased data traffic. Mobile website designers have embraced…

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Using seo to improve the ranking of your business website

Reading Time: 4 mins Believe it or not, there are still many who fail to believe that search engine optimisation is effective for improving the ranking of a business website. They often claim that it’s all a bit of a trick, a sort of smoke and mirrors strategy that may sound good, but doesn’t deliver. They ask why it’s…

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Creating a domain name that works for your business.

Reading Time: 3 mins Any business wanting to start a website will need to have a domain name – in other words, a unique name and description that encapsulates what the website is, and what it stands for. Domain names are the key to web traffic: they are what drives traffic to your site, tells users what your business…

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Website design basics – 10 essential rules (part 2)

Reading Time: 3 mins In the first part of this article, we looked at the first 5 principles for creating clear and effective website designs like logos, branding, content and colour schemes. In this final section we’ll look at probably the most important page of every website – the homepage, and then focus on why website designers need to…

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