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A Mobile First Website Design Tutorial!

What is a Mobile First website design and why should you care?

With a Mobile First website design strategy, you start by optimizing the navigation menu interface and web page layout on a Smartphone screen. Once that analysis is completed, you then focus on how the web page layout looks on devices with larger screens such as tablets, laptops, desktops, large screen TVs and Projectors.

User Experience (UX) encompasses all aspects of the end-user's interaction with a company, its products, services and website.

When designing a website with a Mobile First design strategy, you have to focus on different areas.

Implement a THUMB ZONE Friendly Mobile Navigation Menu

Implementing a Mobile Navigation Menu with a Thumb Friendly Mobile Experience is the MOST CRITICAL AND DIFFICULT area to master.

Josh Clarke's research on How We Hold Our Gadgets shows that the Smartphone screen THUMB ZONE area changes depending on:

✅ The size of your hand.

✅ The size of your Smartphone screen.

✅ Which hand is being used to hold the device using just ONE HAND.

Website designers and developers CANNOT CONTROL the size of your hand, your Smartphone screen size and, how you hold your Smartphone

👍 Website designers and developers CAN ONLY design and implement a Mobile Navigation Menu with a THUMB ZONE Friendly Mobile User Experience (UX)!

Do you know your personal THUMB ZONE area on your Smartphone screen?

👍 Use a web based interactive tool to draw and view your Optimal personal THUMB ZONE area on your Smartphone screen!

The Navigation Menu has the following features

👍 When you hold a large Smartphone with ONE HAND, it provides Optimal THUMB ZONE access to both the LEFT and RIGHT hand THUMB FINGER.

👍 The Ambidextrous Navigation Menu of this website is positioned at the Bottom of the Screen and also delivers the same User Experience (UX) across different screen size devices!

👍 All Navigation Menu Categories and web page links are also centered for OPTIMAL THUMB ZONE access!

Optimize Web Page Layout

✅ I use the SAME WEB PAGE LAYOUT User Experience (UX) across different screen size devices!

✅ Can scale from a small Smartphone screen to the largest screen Smart TV without CSS3 Media Queries.

✅ Is compatible with older web browsers that run under the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

✅ I use Quirk Tools to view the web page screen layout on different screen sizes.

Implement Mobile Accessibility Features

My Mobile First Website Design exploits all Mobile Accessibility Features such as:

✅ Back to Top

✅ Click-to-Call

✅ Add to Home Screen

✅ Digital Business Card.

✅ Email Forms that verify a valid contact email address domain name and blocks receiving emails from countries outside of the US to cut down on SPAM emails.

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

Optimize Web Pages for Speed

If you are using a desktop or laptop to visit a website, you probably are connected to the internet with a High Speed connection. When you visit a website with a Smartphone, you have to take into consideration the cell phone reception and speed of the cell phone carrier network (i.e. 3G, 4G, 4G LTE).

Checklist for configuring web pages for speed

✅ Use HTML Unicode Characters instead of small images whenever possible.

✅ Avoid using Javascript as much as possible. The ONLY Javascript that I use on this website is for Google Analytics!

✅ Minimize all HTML, CSS3, and Javascript code.

Images take a VERY LARGE PERCENT of the web page size and need to be optimized by choosing the correct image size for the device and compression. An image should be used to grab the website visitor's attention and convey the desired message. External links within the web page can be used to further explain and validate the desired message that you are trying to convey and are not loaded when the page is originally displayed. I try to show only one optimized image per page and this helps improve the page load speed!

✅ Compress ALL Images.

✅ Use the HTML Picture Tag to display the appropriate size images.

✅ Use CSS Sprites to reduce the number of requests of Social Media Icon images.

Optimize your Web Server for Speed

Checklist for configuring web server for speed

✅ Implement GZIP compression.

✅ Implement browser caching.

✅ Use HTTP Vary:Accept-Encoding header.

👍 GTMetrix can generate a Performance Report of your web page and web server and provide suggestions for improvements.

Call to Action and Social Media

Would love to hear your thoughts and comments so, feel free to 📱 call, or send me an 📧 email.

I tweet regularly about news articles that I come across related to these topics:

✅ How businesses can benefit from Mobile Technology.

✅ Mobile internet growth.

✅ Mobile web design trends.

✅ Search Engine trends, usage and statistics.

✅ Smartphone trends, usage and statistics.
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