Click to call Raul Gonzalez, a Mobile First Website Designer and PHP Developer in Dallas, TX Explains the different website design types and has an informative Mobile First website example and tutorial.

A chronological history of website design

The history of website design has changed over time as a result of technological changes!

The first websites were designed to be viewed ONLY on Desktop Monitors

All websites developed between late 1990's and 2008 or so where developed with a Desktop Website Design and were viewed ONLY on desktop computers and monitors.

❓ How can you tell if your website is using Desktop Website Design?

✅ Use the FREE Google tool and determine if your website is Mobile-Friendly.

I usually do not come across many Desktop websites. When I do, I strongly recommend a COMPLETE REDESIGN!

The introduction of the first Smartphone devices forces website designers to change website designs!

TIMELINE OF SMARTPHONE INTRODUCTION BY OPERATING SYSTEMS
Apple released the first iPhone on June 2007,
Android released their 1st Smartphone on September 2008
Microsoft released their 1st Windows Smartphone on October 2010


There were issues after the release of the first Smartphone devices!

🚩 The Desktop websites that companies had invested so much money on WERE NOT READABLE on these 1st generation Smartphone devices because they were designed for large screens!

🚩 Although a 1st generation Smartphone had web browsers, the telecommunication infrastructure was very slow using second-generation 2G cellular networks.

Need to allow Smartphone devices to view content of existing websites

A new website design methodology was developed to address the Smartphone phenomenon and it is called Responsive Web Design (RWD). One Tell-Tale sign is that your website has a RWD design is:

✅ Your website visitors will experience different navigation User Experience (UX) between the Desktop and mobile versions. This can sometimes confuse your website visitors!

✅ Your website visitors will see two different web page layouts. One for a Desktop and another for mobile devices.

✅ This website design allowed companies to keep the original investment on their Desktop Websites and add on features to allow mobile devices to view the content of their websites.

🚩 This website design is not the most current design strategy.

You should also verify that your website is exploiting all Mobile Accessibility Features such as:

✅ Back to Top.

✅ Click-to-Call.

✅ Add to Home Screen and a Digital Business Card.

✅ Email Forms that verify a valid visitor's email address domain name to cut down on SPAM emails.

✅ Linking your business address to Google's Voice Activated Driving Directions.

✅ REAL TIME EMAIL AND SMS SERVER ALERTS when suspicious activity and or malicious intent is detected from a website visitor.

Responsive Web Design (RWD) using Content Management Systems (CMS)

Anyone can build a website in a matter of hours using specialized software where the user drags and drop pictures and add text into a document that represent a web page. Other CMS systems use prebuilt templates where all that is needed is to change the colors, images, and text content to also develop a web page. These types of software are powered by what is called a Content Management System (CMS). The most popular software products are WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento.

Most business owners usually do not really care about this categorization, terminology and technical jargon. All that they care is that the website is functional and looks good to the eye.

Let me make a business case to you as to why you should care if your website uses a Content Management Systems (CMS)!

🚩 If your website uses or you are considering building or upgrading a website that uses WordPress, there are a few issues and risks that you need to consider: Scott Anderson recently wrote what I consider to be a great article that I would encourage you to read related to the WordPress software.

The most efficient method for detecting a website that uses a Content Management System is to use a FREE website called www.builtwith.com. Type your website name and the results will show all of the technologies used by that website. If your website is using a Content Management System, the report will show a section listing the software used.

Now that you know the facts about CMS software, there is one critical question that every business owner needs to ask.

Do you accept the security risks associated with having a WordPress website?

🚩 If you ACCEPT the security risks, good luck to you.

✅ If you DO NOT ACCEPT the security risks then, you need to seriously consider a complete redesign of your website using a Mobile First website design strategy.

A new website design methodology focused on mobile User Experience (UX)

Just in the last 10 years, there has been a revolution in mobile technology. The computing power of a flagship Smartphone like the iPhone 8 rivals some of the best laptops and desktop computers! The trends and statistics related to Smartphone growth, mobile internet traffic and cell phone carrier network speed improvements are UNDENIABLE!

As a result of these mobile trends, a new website design strategy has been developed and it is called Mobile First. A Mobile First design strategy does not just concentrate on developing for the small screen of a Smartphone. It is also used to deliver better usability of websites, develop better use of screen real estate and, reduce the amount unnecessary elements from pages.

I encourage you to:

✅ View a 6 Minute 🎥 video that quickly explains and illustrates the benefits and features of a Mobile First website design.

✅ Explore my Mobile First Tutorial so that you can understand the detail analysis that is needed to implement this type of website design. THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING!
✅ Take advantage of my 👍 FREE service to AUDIT your website!

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Call me at 972-372-4237 or, send me an email with your existing or new website design project! My initial consultation is FREE and I can address any concerns, issues, and questions that you may have. Feel free to also follow me on Twitter.

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