Getting Comfortable with Mobile First Web Design

Getting Comfortable with Mobile First Web Design

The way people interact with the internet has evolved. When the web was new, all internet traffic came from a desktop computer. While some early smartphones were released throughout the 2000s, they could only access a “dumbed down” version of the internet.   Everything changed in 2007, when Apple released their first iPhone. Suddenly, we could access full sites from our pocket computers, leading to a previously unheard of level of connectivity.   Today, 63% of organic searches on Google come from a mobile device. Mobile has overtaken the personal computer as the primary way that we interact with the internet.   When we consider our own internet usage, this makes sense. How often do you use your phone to search for a nearby restaurant when you’re out and about, or look up that actor while you’re watching TV? But there is a disconnect between the way we design websites and the way we use them.   We usually design websites on a desktop or laptop computer. And even some professional web designers can forget to optimize the sites for mobile while they’re sitting at a full-sized computer screen.   When we fail to put the mobile experience first, the result can be a frustrating user experience, with pop-ups that cover the whole screen, forms that are too small to read, and graphics with contrast that gets lost in shrunken form.   Further, Google has switched to a “mobile-first indexing” system. This means they do not crawl your desktop site when indexing and ranking pages. They crawl your mobile site instead. If your desktop site is lightning fast but...