Gone are the days of designing a website for a desktop screen. Even Google favors mobile websites with their mobile-first index.
So if you have a website and it’s mobile friendly, that’s a good start, but what you really want to do is design for mobile before you do anything else.
Well to start, many of the design elements that look great on a desktop screen do not provide a good mobile experience at all. By designing for mobile first, you start the overall design process with the mobile considerations and constraints right away, so you don’t run into trouble down the line. Plus, a mobile first design well also help ensure you show the most relevant information available and critical things (such as a contact form) do not get overlooked.
Here are a few other reasons why it’s important to have a mobile-first design:
But determining what to include in your mobile-first design can be a bit overwhelming, which is why it’s recommended to stick with the basics to start:
This mobile design whitepaper from Google is a great resource that outlines what should and shouldn’t be included when designing a website for mobile.
If you are considering revamping your website, it’s important to design for mobile first. Not only will you create a more engaging website that is user friendly across a wide range of platforms, but you will also reach more customers faster, which can ultimately lead to higher revenue for your business.
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