If you’re still in doubt about what the market is going to be like in the next few years, you shouldn’t be. The verdict is out, and the tablets are winning. Even if tablets aren’t winning according to you, at least extremely large screened smartphones are winning and they’re out in the market taking up a lot of the viewership share of websites. It’s time that you realized that this is the time that you should get your website ready for tablets, and not simply focus on desktops and laptops and traditional resolutions.
I’m going to spend some time with you today and tell you exactly what you need to know to get your website ready for tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Apple iPad. Research companies are betting that by 2015, more viewers will be accessing websites through tablet platforms rather than through their desktops. You don’t want these viewers to come to your website, try and navigate and see that this is way too hard and the website isn’t properly optimized and then move on. The image of your website in mind will be a negative one, and they might not return to your website even when they’re on a desktop at a later point in time.
There are some fairly obvious things that you should pay close attention to, here are a few:
- Don’t use Flash on your website, try and work with HTML5 if you need some dynamic functionality. Flash doesn’t work on Apple devices and causes a lot of pain to those iPhone and iPad fanatics.
- Limit the amount of photographs on a single page on your website, if you’re thinking about putting up a lot of media; put it in the gallery section. Too many images causes large website sizes for tablets and on a data connection it could prove to be very slow.
- Ensure that you place hyperlinks far apart. More often than not you’ll see website administrators place a few links in the same space on a page and the user keeps clicking the wrong one.
- Keep your total webpage filesize to a bare minimum. The faster your website loads, the more people will want to view your website and come back to it.
- Access your website every few days from a tablet or each time you make a change and ensure that you’re getting the right experience from it and you’d be happy with the customers getting the same experience as you are.
If you’re not a Web Developer and you’re a person who enjoys using themes, you can simply ensure that the theme that you’re picking up meets the points that I’ve mentioned above. Use it as a checklist and go through the theme and ensure that those requirements are met. If you’re thinking about starting off a new website, you should know something. Anyone who’s accessing a website on a tablet is generally looking for information on the go, something that could help him out where he is at the moment.
If you’re thinking about starting off a new website, it would be a good idea to create a website that has information about your local area and covers your local area listings in a fantastic manner. Small towns and little neighborhoods could actually do with an expert website on the area and locality to help people find things and give them phone numbers or addresses. Once you’re successful in capturing the demographic of your little location, you can think about expansion and know that since you’ve established a name for yourself, people are sure to come back to you!
Each time you think about making a change to your website, make sure that you keep your tablet customers in mind as well. They’re valuable ones, and they’re the ones who will probably come back to your website from their desktop at a later point and recommend it to their friends as well! Good luck and I hope this was useful!