Julie's Web Services: Web Site Customization for Mobile Devices
Why should you design different sites for different browsers?
This is a screen shot from a site I designed in June of 2010:
The site is nice design. Layout is solid and clean. But when I loaded it on my iPod touch, it was a mess:
the image on the bottom left overlapped the menu;
it was difficult to read the menu items;
So I inserted a piece of code which looks at the browser being used to access the site. If it's an iPod touch, a Blackberry, an Android or one of many other available mobile devices, it looks more like the site shown on the right.
What does this mean? If you design sites differently across different browsers...
...more people are able to access your site in a fashion which is useful and meaningful to them;
...information is streamlined to the necessary and relevant. YouTube videos, for example, do not work embedded on iPods, so I don't embed youTube videos on iPod versions of sites. This saves valuable space.
Site design is no longer just about what the page looks like on a computer. It needs to be about what it looks like on most any device, and while some of those devices have become very big, others have become very small. Sometimes that means eliminating certain bells and whistles on a site. Other times it means simplifying the design, without sacrificing the experience for those using fullscreen browsers.
Having a site customized for a mobile device is one more service I offer, and I welcome the opportunity to help you design something that's big enough to do what you want and yet small enough to let your readers view it on the go.
Julie is the most responsive web developer I have ever had the pleasure of working with; she has consistently listened, responded and revised in exactly the ways I needed resulting in a much more effective product than I ever envisioned on my own. She understands how people process information and designs accordingly. She is skilled at using technology as a tool for teaching, communicating, and problem-solving. She understands how to program for results.
--Christina Manna Child Development Division, State of Vermont