Smartphones and tablets will transform the internet.
The transformation of a well designed community website I visit to cope with smartphones and tablets hit home to me the coming revolution that these new gadgets will have on the internet. In 2012 about 20% of US internet traffic was said to be via smartphone or tablet, a percentage that is going to rise rapidly over time.
I have updated the WordPress theme of Liberated Way to make it easier I hope for smartphones that visit this blog to navigate around it. I welcome feedback on this theme, if this is proving positive for the reader.
Designing for smartphones and tablets is challenging when it comes to websites, there are no standards set for meeting the needs of these type of user, so it is experimental in a constantly changing environment as new types of internet-connected gadgets hit the market.
Lots of websites will be redundant in the new revolution of the smartphone, and whilst the big internet players like Google are already adapting to the new challenges most website owners are confused even ignorant that their websites won’t meet the needs of a rapidly changing type of user technology.
The rules of website design for a smartphone is different to that for a desktop, most people won’t know how to make the changes, and it is a huge cost to have multiple websites for different internet gadgets. Smartphones have small screens, slow upload and their own way of displaying internet content, which will be a headache for any website designer. The way forward it appears is back to basics combining creativity with simplicity and minimalism to meet a new type of internet reality.