If you want to do any internet based project, deciding to use either Mobile First approach or Desktop First approach is crucial. So today we will discuss about Mobile First vs. Desktop First. In the long run, you can save a lot of time and money by avoiding the approach mistakes from the beginning. If you want to carry out the project with assurance, first you need to consider what factor to be evaluate when deciding the option.
There are two main strategies approach for a web based project; Mobile First and also Desktop First. Before deciding which approach is the most suitable for the project, we need to take into consideration at the various technical and business aspects.
Desktop First Approach
Desktop First has been the traditional and only approach in designing a websites fora long time. For this design approach the detail and the dynamic of the desktop experience need to be focus on. That means we need the highest specs to display and communicate regularly for designing the full sized screens.
If we want to do a graceful degradation like use a smaller resolution, it means we’re trying to support as many original features while hiding and covering the element. So we only refined rather than functional the mobile experience. A Desktop First are most fitting when the desktop hits more than 80% of the traffic or hits at 50% from the desktop. The site interface for the Desktop First must be feature-rich and the core function is dedicated to Android or iOS apps for mobile users. For user experience we need a refined desktop and simple mobile version. When we use the Desktop First approach, the time and budget are very restrict but we need to do changes on the existing product.
Mobile First Approach
The Mobile Fist also can be referred as Content First because the website’s content me be meticulously studied and for Mobile First approach we usually focus on the functionality. We begin by doing some progressive enhancement like for example putting out a basis function and layering the additional incrementally for higher resolutions. Besides, using this approach can be costly because of the the extra preparation phases and the proficiency needed to develop the platform versatility.
A Mobile First approach are more fitting when the mobile hits 80% or more of your traffic or 50% the sales are approximately higher on mobile. Mobile First also have some few basis features and several specific selling features. For this approach the product type more focus for on-the-go category like entertainment and lifestyle, also the design should be simple and minimalistic. When use this approach we need time and money to build the apps from the scratch.
What really matters is know your audience first, before deciding mobile first or desktop first that make sense for your content in the long run.
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