Web Design for the IoT Generation

David Manjra

2/26/2018 12:00 AM

Handset Detection Archive
This blog originally appeared on and may not relate directly to 51Degrees.

Web design used to be a simple affair. Code it up, load it up, sit back and enjoy the traffic.

[takes sip of martini]

But over the last 12 years. It has become more and more complicated. Mainly because of the rise in the number and types of devices which are now web enabled.

In 2007, the first iphone brought with it, the ability to browse websites in desktop mode – ground breaking at the time. Pre-iphone, phone screens were low res, small and desperately needed a dumbed down web version. Remember WAP? *shivers*

Then the iPad, and tablets in general. Next came touch screen laptops and finally – IoT – where we all went out and bought an internet enabled fridge.


Maybe just me then.

All of these changes have created challenges in the design of websites. For mouse browsing environments, things just got better. For touch enabled environments, sometimes it worked, sometimes it became a nightmare. For Smart TVs, we learnt just how difficult it is to navigate a website using a TV remote control. Finally, for screenless IoT devices, a brand-new challenge awaits.

Along all of these advancements and evolutions, one thing has remained consistent. The genuine need to detect which devices are accessing your content and then, understand the specs of those devices to enable you to display an optimised UI and navigational environment.

That’s where we come in folks…

Connecting into your sites allows you to optimise UI for every visitor. Our BI dashboard also allows you to view which types of device are viewing your site right now – ideal when you are making the case for a more proactive device optimised environment.

Want to know more about how we can help? Feel free to reach out…