Any business owner today knows that their website is their primary form of advertising, being as it is the customer’s usual first port of call. Building a website that is attractive, engaging, informative and easy to navigate is an essential aspect of any business.
Building a website can basically be done by almost anyone these days, as there are numerous tools and software that can be accessed and downloaded to assist. However, technological advances are making it more vital than ever before to have not only a great website, but one that can be accessed from anywhere. Building a website that functions across all the different platforms, including PC, Mac, Linux and those for mobile devices, is a much more challenging prospect.
Fortunately for amateur or less experienced website designers, the majority of browsers display HTML coding, so it is not always necessary to learn a variety of programming languages before designing a site. However, many browsers will also use other languages, including some that are unique to them, so regardless of what coding you use it is important to test your website on a number of browsers before you go live. At present the most widely used browser is Firefox, which is good news for developers as it is exceptionally user-friendly, being compliant with most of the recommended standards set out by w3c (World Wide Web Consortium). The rise in popularity of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones however indicate that this will not always be the case.
The increase in smartphone and other mobile device usage in recent years means that no successful business can now afford to run a website that is not accessible to users on the move. The key to setting up a site that can be accessed from any device is simplicity. Taking some time to work out what the most essential characteristics of your website are is a good starting point. These can then be presented in a format that is widely accepted across various browsers. Any additional information to be included that may require more complex or unique coding can be added as an optional extra, so it will not affect the performance of the whole site should someone try to access it through an incompatible browser.
When building a website, web designers know that not only do new sites need to be compatible with mobile devices, but they also need to be accessible from all three desktop platforms. While Windows is still the most widely used OS, the number of Mac users is rapidly catching up, and Linux is also enjoying a slow but steady increase in popularity. Not only that, but there are so many versions of Windows in use today that even creating a site that works across those can be tricky. The key is in the testing – there are various software tools that can be downloaded that will allow you to simulate another operating system, allowing you to test all new code in every format.
This post was provided on behalf of a www.webdesigncompany.co.uk, a digital agency specialising in umbraco web design.