Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Are Mobile Websites Necessary?

Many groups and companies are interested in starting a mobile website. Is this really necessary now that mobile web browsers are becoming more powerful? Is it critical to have a website that is formatted for the mobile screen? Or, will users learn how to zoom in and out and navigate a large webpage on a small screen? My guess is that as smartphones become more powerful, people will use them to browse standard webpages that are not specially formatted for small screens.

If you're determined to have a mobile website, check your web hosting service. Not sure who to use for hosting? Do your research first. Get familiar with some of the common misconceptions associated with web hosting. Your hosting service provider may offer additional resources to help you format your site so that your site meets the standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). According to Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web., "the Mobile Web Initiative's goal is to make browsing the Web from mobile devices a reality." Last month, they published a working draft of "Relationship Between Mobile Web and Web Accessibility."

One of the key areas of concern on the Internet deals with data security. As expected, the W3C has an entire section devoted to Internet security. Do you browse with caution? Are you using the most secure web browser? Sometimes I wonder about the security of mobile web browsers. They are not built to be as robust as the newest versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox, but I don't know if anyone has done extensive research to investigate how many security breaches occur because people are using mobile browsers like Pocket Internet Explorer, Skyfire, Opera Mobile, Iris, and others.

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