When developing a website for use on mobile devices, there is a lot more to think about than when developing one for laptops and PCs. The popularity of mobile markets means that it is populated with hundreds, if not thousands of different mobile devices. With this many devices on the market, the mobile website developer has to account for many different hardware specs.
First of all, you have the problem of different screen sizes. Apple products alone have the iPad, iPad mini, each of the iPhones and the different generations of iPods. Add to this all the different models of tablets and mobile phones on the market and you have hundreds of different screens that your mobile website has to cater for.
Another thing to cater for are devices whose screens switch their orientation from portrait to landscape when they are turned on their side. You must make sure your website performs well and looks good in both of these cases.
Something that cannot be ignored is touchscreen technology. You may think that it is enough, these days, to build your mobile website for touchscreen devices only. While there are many of these devices out there, some do not have this capability. A well-known example of this is the Blackberry Curve. This is a very popular mobile device, yet it does not have a touchscreen. It is, therefore, important to make sure your mobile website can support mobile hardware that does not make use of touchscreen technology.
Mobile devices also use many different kinds of web browser, so writing cross-browser code is vital to the development of your mobile site as is the optimization of images for smaller screens. Overall, mobile website development involves creating a website that is capable of working effectively across a vast array of hardware and software.
If you or one of your colleagues would like to gain the skills to develop mobile websites, take a look at our Android, Apple iOS and JQuery Mobile development courses and call us on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.