With the increase in technology and smart phone usage, it has also called for an increase in mobile developing for websites. However, mobile development is much more complex than just cross browsing, it needs cross platforms as well. Because there are so many mobile devices available that make this increasingly difficult, there is a need for developers that can support more than just legacy browsers. For this reason, it is extremely important to have mobile developing available that can support a variety of platforms, because each device can use a number of mobile web browsers.
As an example, an Android user can access your website using an intuitive Android browser, but may also have Firefox or Opera Mini installed. This is fine provided your Smartphone users have a progressive web browser, which most do. However, not everyone does.
For this reason, you will want to make sure that your website supports mobile style sheets, including those required for CSS for mobile devices. One common technique is to include a mobile style sheet that uses a user agent string that speaks in PHP. This way, the website will detect mobile devices and provide them with the services and style sheets that they need, or a redirection to a sub domain specifically created for mobile devices. In this manner, you will make sure that all of your users experience the highest in compatibility, as well as the opportunity to provide specific user content for all of your mobile viewers. Using these techniques, you will be able to reach an extensive market share of mobile devices, regardless of the type that they are using.
Although it is not perfect, a variety of mobile devices are capable of working with innumerable style sheets, and some mobile devices do not need a condensed mobile layout. However, there may be an exceptional number of devices that do not fit into your style sheets, which is why it is extremely important for you to consider mobile firsts, because future mobile detection proofing and styling are continually emerging and ever changing. This allows you the opportunity to take advantage of the current features for mobile device integration and website viewing, because in addition to your website’s device detection, you can also use your media query (responsive design) to style your content. Because of the extensive difficulties associated with mobile detection as well as the issues of media queries, some companies have opted to allow the user to decide whether to view the mobile version or the full version of their website.
Although this may not be the most opportune, it is the easiest to accomplish because of its condensed layout with optimization for mobile devices. In addition, mobile style sheets reduce your bandwidth for slower mobile networks, and allow you to replace a variety of images, or delete unnecessary ones. Other techniques available for mobile optimization of your website can consist of improving the readability of your text on your website through a style sheet, which is increasingly important because of the clickable areas of any website. In addition, floating elements are difficult in mobile layouts; you may want to consider leaving those out. These are just a few techniques for mobile site developing, which always leaves the door open for more mobile firsts.