August 9, 2011 | Comments Off
Those of you who have liked my Facebook page or follow my Twitter account, have probably already seen the mobile web design I did for Windsor Squash and Fitness. The reason it took me so long for me to write a blog post about it, is because I wanted to get a bit of data on how it was performing.
As you can see, it’s a very clean design, which matches the color and link scheme of the main website. You can view the full version of the site online by visiting http://mobile.windsorsquash.ca or going to windsorsquash.ca on your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or basically any mobile device.
I added a PHP code to the top of the main Windsor Squash site, which reads which type of browser the visitor is using. If it reads a mobile web browser of any sort, it redirects the user to the mobile version of the site. The web design itself was created using an HTML DIV based design as well as plenty of clean coded CSS.
So far, the site is proving to be very worthwhile for the great people at Windsor Squash and Fitness. Since the mobile version was launched, they’ve seen an increase in mobile traffic as well as a decrease in the bounce rate on the mobile version. For those of you unfamiliar with bounce rate, “it represents the percentage of initial visitors to a site who “bounce” away to a different site, rather than continue on to other pages within the same site.” Basically, it means more people are staying on the mobile version of the site now that it is optimized for mobile viewing.
I encourage all my clients to create a mobile version of their site. Many of the websites online are not optimized for mobile devices and this could easily mean loss of traffic and more importantly, loss of sales. Mobile users want quick and easy access to a website without having to “pinch”, “pull” or “zoom” in and out. If you’re interested in having a mobile version of your site designed, please get in touch.
Again, I’d like to thank Brian and everyone at Windsor Squash and Fitness for giving me the opportunity to work with them on their mobile web design. I look forward to continuing work with them on their online marketing in the future!
June 13, 2011 | Comments Off
Those of you who follow me on Twitter or are a fan of my Windsor Web Design Facebook page, know that I’ve been working on a mobile web design for Windsor Squash and Fitness. This also means you know that I’ve a big believer in having your website optimized for mobile devices such as the; iPhone, Blackberry and Android. If you don’t have a mobile version of your site online, you could be missing out on all the mobile traffic your site is getting!
Take a look at your Google Analytics or whichever stats program you’re using for your website and find how many mobile devices have visited your site in the past month. If you don’t have a mobile version for your website, chances are you lost on most of that traffic. People on mobile devices want to be able to get into your site, get quick information on your business and get out without having to pinch, pull or zoom anywhere. I took a look at the mobile traffic for Windsor Squash and Fitness over the past month and of the 57 unique visits they had from mobile devices only 2% stayed on the site longer than 5 seconds. Let me repeat that 5 seconds! Why did this happen? It’s simple, the full version of the web design I created, didn’t render properly on mobile devices. That’s why they’ve decided to have me create an all new, mobile only version of their site! Over the past week, I’ve done a few tests using the mobile only version and of the 17 people who have visited the site 82% stayed longer than 5 seconds and 71% stayed longer than 15. Great improvement from the non-mobile version.
If you’re interested in having a mobile web design created for your small business in Windsor or anywhere in Southwestern Ontario, please contact me. Even if I didn’t create the full version of your website, I can easily create a mobile version that is branded in the same way and uses all of the same colors and fonts. The mobile designs I’ve done so far have been done in under 2 weeks and have been done at very affordable rates!
April 26, 2011 | Comments Off
If you’ve purchased and iPhone or an iPod Touch, chances are you know the great battery life they hold. For example, the iPhone 4 with 3G on has over 7 hours of battery life. The new iPod Touches have even more. As we all know, the older a battery gets, the less battery life a full charge gives you. I’m actually pleasantly surprised that my 3 year old iPod Touch still carries the amount of battery life it does. However, I have done a few things to help keep it that way. Here are a list of a few things I’ve done with my iPod Touch to increase it’s battery life.
1) Turning Wi-Fi Off – The battery saver that I’ve found works the best has to be turning off my Wi-Fi when I’m not using my iPod. Yes, it may be a bit of a pain to always go back into settings to turn it on when I need it, but the benefit in battery life saved is far too great. As long as your iPod or iPhone is on, it’s always searching for a Wi-Fi network. This drains your battery power significantly the more you enter and leave Wi-Fi areas. I always turn mine off when I’m not using it.
2) Turning Push Notifications Off – This one kind of goes hand in hand with turning the Wi-Fi off, the only difference is I leave the notifications off even when I turn the Wi-Fi back on. I understand I’m losing out on one of the great core functions of the smart phone, but I figure I can go without knowing my best friend’s daughter just ate her first vegetable until I actually sign in to Facebook.
3) Only Charging When In The Red – Some people don’t really believe in only charging your battery when it’s in the red, but I do. I have an HP laptop that I always charged regardless whether it needed to be or not. Now I can barely get 20 minutes out of the battery. Only charging my iPod touch when I get the “20%” or even “10%” messages has certainly helped increase my battery life.
I know these sound like fairly steep sacrifices just to save battery life and many of you are probably thinking “these would be a lot easier to do on an iPod Touch than an iPhone” and you may be right. I know that I’ve suggested these ideas to family and friends for both the iPhone and iPod Touch and both are very successful, if you don’t mind the sacrifices.
January 31, 2011 | Comments Off
Many of you have probably visited some of your favorite web sites on your iPhone or Blackberry only to find it looks different than the site you’re used to seeing on your PC or laptop. That’s because the site you’re visiting has a simpler version created just for mobile devices. I myself created a mobile web design for my portfolio site, feel free to check it out on your phone or even on your computer by going to Sebastian Agosta | Mobile Version.
The reason more and more companies and individuals are creating mobile web sites is because more and more people are using their mobile devices to browse the web. This article on mashable shows how some analysts think people will surf the web on their phone more than on their desktop by 2015. It’d be silly for to create a web design for your company and not have a mobile site setup.
If you do want to get a mobile version done for your site and it’s not being designed or developed by me, I want you to keep a few things in mind.
1) Be sure to create it so that there isn’t too much scrolling. I wouldn’t make my design much longer than what would fit on your basic iPhone or Android device.
2) Make the links large enough that someone doesn’t have to zoom in to click it. As you can see on my mobile site the links are the entire width of the page.
3) Condense your mobile site to show only what’s absolutely necessary. I find that some people who do mobile web design forget that people are surfing on their phones and probably aren’t going to spend hours searching through the 100 pages you have. Keep it sweet and simple. My mobile version only has 5 pages.
There are a few other things I would suggest, but those are the main 3. If you’re curious about what else I would add or remove from a mobile web design feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to give you a free consultation.
Anyone else have opinions on mobile design? Comment below!
January 21, 2011 | Comments Off
Back in April of 2010, I realized it was time for me to jump into the smart phone market. For about 3 years I was stuck with a simple Nokia cell phone that had no email or internet browsing ability and could barely take a decent 100x100px picture. Since I didn’t mind my service with Virgin Mobile I decided to stick with them and see what they had to offer. The first thing that caught my eye was the iPhone but I knew a lot of people with one and I found that it was more of a toy than a phone. I also had already purchased an iPod Touch a year earlier so I figured it would be silly to essentially have two of the same thing.
That’s when I saw the Blackberry Curve 8530 for the low, low price of free with a 3 year contract. I’ve never been a fan of cell phone contracts, but I didn’t want to spend $300.00 on a phone so I went with it. I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
There are 3 main reasons I would suggest you get a Blackberry over an iPhone or an other smart phone, the easy to use keyboard, the simple handling of emails and an app store that is growing bigger and bigger on a week to week basis. Having an iPod Touch I already knew how difficult it was to get used to typing using the touch screen. The Blackberry keyboard makes it easy to type out long or short messages using letters, numbers or symbols. Controlling emails on the Blackberry was also very easy to setup and keep track of. I couldn’t imagine where I’d be if I didn’t have the ability to check email wherever I was. Lastly, the Blackberry App World which I wasn’t too impressed with when I first started has now won be over a few short months later. Sure the iPhone and Android app store have more of a selection, but I’ve found that the Blackberry App World has all the apps that I really need. How many of the 200,000 iPhone apps are actually useful?
All in all, I’d definitely suggest a Blackberry to anyone who owns a business or is a business professional. I’d even suggest a Blackberry to a regular 18-34 year old because the app store is growing and there is no better smart phone communication app than the Blackberry Messenger.