Before beginning to design your website, you must sit down and list the features you want in it. You must do your research and vaguely decide on the kind of appearance you are looking for. Obviously, this can be discussed and improved once you begin designing. Moreover, you must consider the features that websites usually have and decide on the ones that you would like yours to include. Yet another thing you must do is to write out your detailed budget for the project and to decide whether you can get enough features for it. While all these requirements are commonly known, there is another thing you need to decide before designing your website; you need to decide on what kind of site you want in the first place.
Differences between the two types
For this, you need to make a choice between a mobile and a full-size website. A mobile website, to put it simple, is a basic one that does not include anything except common features that can be browsed on mobile phones and other similar devices. These websites are built on a smaller layout, which means that the entire outlook is very simple and streamline, without containing any unnecessary clutter. The content is limited to basics like a logo, a company name and a menu. This is because a lot of information can cause a great deal of scrolling when browsing on a mobile. Most such sites, however, do have a link to the original site in case someone prefers that option. Understandably, a full-size website is quite the opposite. It includes a lot more written content, images and several more complex features.
Having a mobile version for a full-size site
Most of the times, businesses tend to have a full-size website with a mobile version, and the latter is applied automatically if the website is being accessed on a mobile phone. You can, however, decide whether to get a mobile site only. This web design preference totally depends on the kind of business you need the website for. If, for example, the website is one that sells mobile phone applications which can be downloaded only, or preferably, through mobile phones directly, it would be great idea to use a mobile website. Not only would it cost less but it would also provide the convenience needed to access and operate a website through a mobile phone. It also needs to be kept in mind that with the increasing use of smartphones, over 25% people only use their phones to access the internet. If, therefore, your website is mainly aimed at mobile phone users, you do not need to create a full-sized website.
For a full-size website, it is an option to include a mobile version. This can be decided upon effectively by administering the amount of traffic that is received from mobile phones. If there are large numbers of people using cell phones to browse the website, a mobile website version is, ostensibly, a must in order to enhance convenience and boost traffic.
Imran Khan is a web designer and has been working in this field for 10 years. He also writes for other blogs and is also the founder of Mobile Web Design Company. Feel free to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.