Does your site look good when viewed on an iPhone, on a PDA, or ultra-portable laptop? Does it really matter? What percentage of your visitors use these platforms to browse sites?
This is a question I have been asking myself recently. With the roll-out of the 3G networks (pretty much globally) the speed of Internet browsing via mobile devices had increased to a now acceptable level. Couple this with reasonable mobile data tariffs, wi-fi hot-spots, and a plethora of gadgets to go with them, surely more and more people will be experiencing your site through a mobile device.
That said, I have not made the jump myself. Yes, I have RSS options on my sites, so mobile users could use those, but for the casual browser I don’t make any changes to suit their platform. I think this is for two reasons. Firstly it takes a lot more effort to develop a site and tailor part of it to be specific to the portable platform, and secondly the percentage of people using these platforms (certainly according to my stats) is too small to make it worthwhile.
I think blogs are possibly the ideal platform to take advantage of the mobile platforms. I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t have a WordPress theme installed that is tailored to mobile computing, and it gets served based on the header information transmitted when the page is loaded. That way the effort would be minimised, while maintaining the user experience. Good idea?
I do think times are-a-changing though, and the market is growing and growing. Sales of laptops now generously outstrips sales of desktop PC’s, and almost all phones now have some kind of browser in them. At some point it will become necessary to make the changes, but when that will be I’m just not sure.
Have you designed a mobile website? How was it received? Do people use it?