Mobile Phone Friendly - Responsive Websites
For clients seeking new sites, I now provide a choice of solutions:
1. Adding a slim-line version of the main site providing the important information about you, what you do and how to get in touch. There is also a Google map, email link, auto phone call, Social Media links - plus a link to the main site. It's ideal for businesses who want to drive clients to their main site.
2. Building a 'responsive site' which means that all of your website will automatically slim down to one column on phones and a couple of columns on tablets. This inevitably means that the user will have to be happy with a great deal of page scrolling and squinting at featured images and photos. For some sites this is fine.
I'm happy to build either.
You'll probably notice a bias in my writing! And you're right. I believe that websites serve businesses best when viewed on a decent-sized screen. Endless scrolling on a phone is enough to put anyone off.
Sites built for phones are great if they're selling takeway meals but if they're featuring any form of craftsmanship and anything that requires a good photo - they would benefit from being viewed on a bigger screen.
There's much debate in the web design world about making websites that display well on tablets and mobile phones. I see this as a perfectly good idea, as indicated above. And as I've also descibed, there's more than one way of doing it.
However, some web designers see it as an opportunity to cash in and build a new generation of sites for clients who are led to believe that their sites are now obsolete. This is opportunism at its ugliest!
For clients seeking mobile friendliness from their existing websites, my first option would be ideal and vastly less expensive than a total re-build.