Just when dentists have just fully understood the concept of dental websites, smart phones have suddenly jumped into the picture and the idea of mobile website has begun floating around. Mobile websites are actually very helpful. In this age, people have the need to be on the go all of the time without being disconnected from the internet. Busy professionals require that their smart phones allow them to check their emails while they are commuting to work, browse websites while they are on their lunch breaks and set dental appointments as they are getting ready to head back home. Since dentists want to be accommodating to their patients, investing on a mobile version of dental websites can be worth every penny spent. When it comes to creating mobile sites, there are a few issues that must be thoroughly explored.
What is a mobile website?
Will you be making a new website that can is compatible for both desktop and mobile phone? Are you making changes to your existing website and converting that into a mobile site? Or maybe you just want a mobile website to complement your desktop site? Dentists have to understand that a desktop website is fundamentally different from a mobile website in that mobile websites need to be stripped down and really specific as compared to the desktop website. Why? Because the mobile site will be too crammed with so many graphics and will take forever to load if it is an exact replica of the desktop website. The ability to view a mobile website will also depend largely on the kind of device used. For this reason, dentists should make a survey as to what most of his or her patients’ smart phone models are so that the mobile website you commission can be tailored specifically to be viewed via that phone model.
How should your mobile website look?
As explained earlier, mobile websites should be designed simply without all of the bulky graphics to significantly cut the loading time. However, just because your mobile website has to be simple does not mean it cannot be beautiful. Secondly, when it comes to layouts it would be very impractical to have multiple columns. On the other hand, a single-column layout is the norm for mobile websites only since this layout makes it easy for the visitor to browse through the site. If information needs to be presented for each item found in the mobile site, a collapsible feature allowing information to be viewed and then hidden is recommended. Finally, most smart phones are employing a touch screens so instead of a “clicking” the links on the mobile site, “tapping” would be more appropriate. Finally, a good mobile website should be interactive. Hence, an ideal mobile site should allow visitors to leave any comments or feedback.