As a webmaster, you typically concern yourself with how your site would look on a 17" desktop monitor or a 15" laptop screen, etc. But have you ever thought about how your site would appear on various types of mobile phones? Mobile phones have a much smaller screen than PC's, different aspect ratios, and a very different navigation system. Here's how a site would look on a mobile phone if it were only designed for a PC browser:
The user would only see a portion of the web page without scrolling vertically and horizontally. Navigating through the various components of the page and interacting with the UI would be very cumbersome, and chances are images and logos wouldn't render correctly.
- Markup language - Can the HTML site carry over to the Mobile, or should the mobile site be in XHTML, WML or CHTML?
- Form factor and navigation capabilities of the target handset - Screen size, stylus or touch-screen needs to be taken into account
- Automatic "transcoders" - Some gateways like Google Search, transcode your desktop site to a mobile site and can be leveraged