This morning we stumbled across a collection of screen shots from a ton of digital agencies. The catch? The screen shots are all taken on an iPhone.
It’s surprising how bad these sites are. Here is a representative sample.
Oops, you don’t have Flash installed. The simple fact is that the number of mobile devices with Flash installed is effectively zero. And even if this does change, it’s going to be a challenge for a three inch touch screen and a very weak mobile processor to keep up with the Flash they are using.
That’s unfortunate, because mobile visitors are such a large and fast-growing segment of your visitors. And it’s why we don’t make Flash sites anymore. And it’s why we test every single site we build on several mobile devices.
Ours is by no means perfect, but I want to post it to be fair.
Even the portfolio slide show works. All the special effects work, in fact, because they don’t rely on Flash. While I’d like to spend more time getting it just right, I’m very happy with it.
I think everyone should expect their website to work at least as well on mobile browsers as on desktop browsers these days. And I think every web developer should assume that needs to happen.
Even if only a small percentage of your visitors are using mobile devices now, you can expect this to change in the not-so-distant future.