Mobile devices and smartphones have advanced far beyond their originally intended communication purposes and continue to blaze down a path paved with unlimited potential.
Mobile devices are less of a voluntary supplement to daily routines and are now more of a permanent appendage. But more importantly, they are the device through which your website will most likely be accessed. The Internet is carried in our pockets, not something that merely hangs out on our office desk or in our homes. Your customers are no longer clicking with your desktop website while they have the Internet at their fingertips (literally). As the world continues to display an upward trend in mobile usage, businesses are doing their best to adjust and demonstrate a deeper understanding of this not-so-virtual reality.
What is mobile first design?
As you’ve probably guessed by the naming of this website design practice, mobile first simply means designing a website for mobile use before designing it for the desktop experience.
Before mobile devices invaded every corner of society, the majority of your customers would view your website via a desktop computer. This was probably all well and dandy if your website was designed before Mobilegeddon took the world by storm. But today, people are gravitating towards employing their mobile devices for everything from online shopping to banking to social networking. The moral of the story is that revamping your website with a mobile first strategy can’t be postponed any longer.