Websites & Apps
Most first impressions are online today—so what’s your website say about your business?
What is a mobile-friendly website?
First, let’s start with what a website is. Quick note – if you are reading this, you’re on one. A website is simply defined as an online location that contains more than one page of information. Additionally, mobile-friendly sites are designed to be responsive to any display size, i.e., desktop, tablet, and smartphones. The overall purpose of each is to create a pleasant and engaging user experience on any device.
What is a web application?
A web app is a user-server program that delivers content directly to users through a browser interface. Sound a little complicated? Well, think of a web application (native app) as a bookmark that takes users directly to specific content and lives directly on the user’s device.
Why does your online content need to be mobile-ready?
The mandate behind mobile responsive websites and applications is the popularity of smart devices and mobile internet, making the online experience on-the-go. Over 50% of online users surf the web on mobile devices, and that statistic has consistently grown every year since the introduction of smartphones and tablets.
Being online is not a “sit down at my desk” kind of thing anymore. Users want to be able to find their desired information on-the-go, quickly and easily. And, if they can’t, chances of them engaging with your content are slim. Having a website just isn’t enough anymore — you must provide a seamless experience for all users, on both desktop and mobile.
What does having a mobile-responsive website affect?
The number one factor for user engagement is the experience they have while visiting your site. With over 50% of online traffic being through a mobile device, it is imperative to make the experience enjoyable for everyone, no matter the device they’re using to surf.
SEO (Being found on Google)
Having a mobile-responsive website is one of the leading factors for Google (search engines) when determining where your site ranks in organic searching (free portion of search engines). Sites that are not fully functional or responsive have a lower S.E.R. (search engine ranking) and are less likely to be found on Google.
Households are ditching computers (Phone and Tablet only)
Depending on your audience, you may be missing more than 50% of your traffic. It’s becoming a common trend that US households are no longer buying computers, but rather moving towards full-featured mobile devices, using only tablets and smartphones.
One of the most important aspects of appearing as a fully credible business, whether you are or not, is having a fully functional website that works on mobile and desktop.
DVS Web & Application Design Services
Do you think that it’s time to develop a fully responsive website or application? Well, DVS is here to help! Our web development team consists of professional web developers and designers. Each of them has extensive experience and knowledge to build you a site that connects you with your audience, on every platform. You see, we design with the user experience, SEO, and mobile responsiveness in mind, and the overall focus is to bring the information you desire to your audience. To do so, we have developed the following process.
The DVS Web Development Process
Keep in mind, we meet with you nearly every step of the way, making sure our efforts are in line with your objectives, wishes, and goals.
We start by listening, sitting down with you to discuss what it is that you want your website or app to accomplish and who you want to reach. The primary objective at the start is to identify your audience, goals, needed content or information.
2 Site Map
A site map looks like a company organization chart and performs the same function as a blueprint for a construction project. Site maps chart out what/how many pages will exist on your site, what general elements/functions are on each page, and how each page is connected via the menu structure.
Wireframes are the equivalent of an interior designer’s pencil sketches of a room’s design elements. In this step we flush out exactly what & where each element is on each type of page in your site. This includes elements such as text, photos, illustrations, forms, interactive widgets, and the like. This is your low-fidelity initial design approval point prior to your site going into the content finalization and final design stage.
4 Content Development
Now that we know exactly the pages and page elements for your site, it’s time to finalize the actual content elements for every page. Locking down the actual page content (text, photos, etc.), before moving onto final page design, is critical in keeping your project on time and budget!
5 Design Prototype
In the design stage all of the previous efforts come together, and the result is a mocked-up prototype website (no functionality) that you will see in your actual web browser. This is your high-fidelity final design approval point prior to your site going into the programming stage.
Now it gets technical. We take all the previously approved work and program it into a functional site running on our webservers in ‘development’ mode. Once the fully functional site is complete and thoroughly tested internally by our staff, it’s time to move onto client review and remediation of any issues.
7 Client Review
Once we have internally vetted your website, it is now privately available to you to fully review every page. In this stage, any issues/bugs discovered are tracked down and fixed. Upon your final sign-off we move onto the live launch process of your site.
In this multi-day process, we perform the technical processes of launching your site, ensure the site propogates properly worldwide, and submit your new/updated site to the appropriate search engines.
9 Monitoring & Maintenance
After launch we continually monitor to ensure your site is being served up to the world. If you additionally paid for our website maintenance service, we also handle all security & CMS/Plug-in updating for your site and are available for help desk service.
Partner with DVS!
If you want to design something new or update an old website or application, partner with DVS today.