This is 2012, and it sucks to high heavens that some website owners and webmasters still do not get it. This is the age of mobile. That means that a site needs to be mobile first, and target desktops secondarily. I don’t care how anyone argues it, that’s just the way it should be. More people access a link first on Twitter or Facebook on their mobiles – and then click through to read. You can imagine the frustration when someone does that only to be presented with a website that is designed strictly for wide-screen desktop viewing. What webmaster still does that today?
Ever Heard Of HTML5?
Gone are the days when making a website mobile-friendly was a complicated task. With HTML5, any website can be designed (or re-designed) to be mobile-friendly and adapt to almost any screen size. The learning curve is zero. If you know good old HTML or XHTML, you’re competent enough to play with HTML5. No second set of codes. No separate set of files.
I don’t care who you are, or what the gadzooks you have to say. If I click through to your website on mobile and it presents that tangled mess that you created for desktop viewers, I am out. What you have to say cannot be that important if you are not thinking of the world’s largest web browsing medium. I swear; it cannot be. So, I will not humour you. Sooner, or later, a more sensible person than you will say pretty much what you have to say, and he will present it on a mobile-friendly website, and then I shall go to his site to read it.
In the meantime, you can take your desktop-only website and crawl back to the pre-historic cave that you crawled out of.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.