Example of an Ambidextrous Mobile Navigation Menu that delivers the same User Experience (UX) on ANY SIZE screen device

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 developers CAN ONLY design a THUMB ZONE Friendly Mobile User Experience (UX)!

The Mobile Navigation Menu has the following features

👍 The Navigation Menu is positioned at the Bottom of the Screen for OPTIMALThumb Zone access!

👍 The Thumb Zone Friendly Ambidextrous Mobile Navigation Menu provides OPTIMAL THUMB ZONE ACCESS to both the LEFT and RIGHT hand THUMB FINGERS.An Ambidextrous Mobile Navigation Menu designed for OPTIMAL THUMB ZONE Access on ANY SIZE Smartphone screen

Optimize Web Page Layout

✅ I use the same web page layout and navigation menu that can scale from a small Smartphone screen to a large screen TV without using CSS3 Media Queries and is compatible with web browsers running BOTH CURRENT AND OLDER VERSIONS of Apple, Android an Windows operating systems. Example of an Ambidextrous Mobile Navigation Menu that delivers the same User Experience (UX) on ANY SIZE screen deviceExample of an Ambidextrous Mobile Navigation Menu that delivers the same User Experience (UX) on ANY SIZE screen device

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.

✅ Use the HTML 5 Picture Tag to display the appropriate size images for different screen size devices!

✅ Compress ALL Images.

✅ If there are several images that are used in every web page, strongly encourage to use CSS Sprites to reduce the number of network requests to the server.

✅ Anything that you can do to reduce the Total Page Size (HTML, CSS, Images, JavaScript, etc) and the NUMBER OF NETWORK REQUESTS, WILL HELP THE WEB PAGE LOAD FASTER!

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.

Run a LOCAL and GLOBAL speed test on your web pages and web server

✅ Test your web page and web server performance locally using GTMetrix.

✅ Test your web page and web server performance from 25 different locations around the world!

👍 THE RESULTS IS A SUPER FAST WEB PAGE THAT LOADS IN UNDER .5 seconds and exploits Google's Major Change to it's Mobile Ranking Algorithm!

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