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31

Jul

2013

Mobile Web Review: imgur.com - Home Of The Memes

Author: Edward

Imgur has recently launched a beta version of their mobile website, it will detect mobile users and prompt them to try out this new version from Imgurs main website. We review how well implemented the new mobile experience is.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Mobile, Web, Review

30

Jul

2013

3 Mistakes Businesses Make When Designing a Mobile Website

Author: Joe Davine

Developing a mobile optimised web experience has now become standard practice across the web. However a poorly implemented mobile website will not only cause your Google search rank to suffer, but also reduce conversion and sales.

Before deciding on which mobile solution is right for your website, consider the following 3 mistakes that businesess make when designing their mobile web experience.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Performance, Mobile, Design

17

Jun

2013

Debunking Google’s Responsive Web Design "Preference"

Author: Joe Davine

Last week Google announced their plans to push websites into offering great mobile web experiences. With this announcement came some controversy over Google’s preferred method of mobilisation. This blog explains the reality of Google's "endorsement".

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Google, SEO, RWD

29

May

2013

Why Responsive Web Design Alone Doesn't Generate The Best Mobile Experience

Author: Joe Davine

Learn how using your server can improve your users mobile web experience and your return on investment by viewing the 51degrees.mobi RESS infographic

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: RWD, RESS

26

Apr

2013

Mistakes Of Mobile - The QR Code

Author: Joe Davine

To celebrate our new office move, the 51Degrees team took to the streets of Reading for an evening filled with tasty food and beverages. We stopped off at the handmade burger Co restaurant that was recently opened in Reading at the start of the year. We all had a great experience, with fantastic food and a great environment; however, there was something that left a sour taste in our mouth.

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23

Jan

2013

Future Web Design - Kentico - Slides

Review the slides from my recent web seminar with Kentico on the Future Web Design – Mobiles, Tablets, TVs and Glasses.

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Categories: Development, Opinion

Tags: RWD, Kentico

22

Jan

2013

5 Reasons Responsive Design Alone Isn't Working

Responsive Web Design allows designers to implement web pages which work equally well on different types of devices. Cascading Style Sheets 3 (CSS3) media queries enable the CSS used to control the page look and feel to be altered based on screen size, and other properties of the device when the page is being rendered on the browser. Responsive Design works really well with simple web pages containing elements that are implemented consistently across the major browser vendors. 

Sometimes something more is needed, here are 5 signs Responsive Design alone isn't working.

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Categories: Development, Opinion

Tags: RWD, Mobile, Design

24

Apr

2012

There's no sign of a cloud when we talk about mobile device detection

The weather outside may be a typically damp British April - but here at 51Degrees.mobi there’s not a cloud in the sky. We’ve developed a mobile device detection solution that doesn’t rely on a ‘cloud’ connection every time there’s a new visitor to your mobile web site.

As far as we’re concerned, cloud services are very well-suited to location-based services and other applications that require vast quantities of data. They’re also often a practical solution when information needs to be shared but needs to be controlled or monitored as well.

However, mobile device detection is a completely different type of situation.

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20

Feb

2012

New research says less than a third of top US online retailers are ready for tablets

51Degrees.mobi strongly believes that one size doesn’t fit all. It’s the reason we created our own mobile device description repository, which enables web designers to create a site that’ll adapt automatically for visitors using mobile phones.

However, it’s important to realise that a choice of just two sizes can also be less than ideal. With consumers now using portable internet-connected devices that range from feature phones to iPads, simply deciding whether or not a handset is ‘mobile’ isn’t always enough.

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16

Jan

2012

What do the new domain name suffixes mean for mobile web sites?

If I see a street sign that says The Close, I’d expect the road to be a cul-de-sac. If it’s called The Crescent, I’d expect it to be curved. The Boulevard may well have a central reservation. And the High Street will probably have shops. Not always but often.

It’s the same with domain names. A co.uk address suggests a UK business, while co.il is most likely to be based in Israel. There’s .gov for government, .edu for education and so on. We’ve chosen 51Degrees for our business because the suffix indicates a mobile-friendly site.

But the web has just been shaken up. No longer do you need to settle for a suffix chosen by ICANN, the overlords of the internet. (Not even those odd ones like .coop, .museum and .aero). Instead, you can make up your own domain.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Web

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