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Best Practices for developing the Mobile Web

Added over 3 years ago | As appeared first on acmqueue | Author: Alex Nicolaou

Which practices should be modified or avoided altogether by developers for the mobile Web?

If it wasn't your priority last year or the year before, it's sure to be your priority now: bring your Web site or service to mobile devices in 2013 or suffer the consequences. Early adopters have been talking about mobile taking over since 1999—anticipating the trend by only a decade or so. Today, mobile Web traffic is dramatically on the rise, and creating a slick mobile experience is at the top of everyone's mind. Total mobile data traffic is expected to exceed 10 exabytes per month by 2017, as shown in figure 1 (in case your mind isn't used to working in exabytes yet, that's 10 million terabytes per month, or almost four terabytes per second).1

Of that data, the lion's share is consumed by iOS and Android devices, which suggests a focus for any immediate Web development efforts. Figure 2 shows megabytes downloaded per month in 2011 and 2012, indicating that these platforms are widely used and trending upward...

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