If you've been reading my recaps each month, you've seen a trend emerging: The mobile Web, specifically how you design for it, is kinda important. Nothing changed on that front this month, expcept for some confirmation from the top of the food chain on just how important it is. And I'm not talking about from a design aesthetic perspective either. You'll see...
Google Finally Takes A Clear Stance On Mobile SEO Practices
- Via SearchEngineLand
Well that answers that. History shows that when Google recommends something as a development approach, there is a good chance that the next announcement is that you rank higher if you listen to their advice. So, get responsive!
How to Make Your Site Mobile Ready in Just 30 Seconds
- Via Mashable
And, if you didn't read anything I've written so far, try this service out. It create a mobile version of your site and redirects visitors to it for a monthly fee. And there is a ton of new competition in the space, which is getting some buzz this month
. Ironically, Google is now pushing a service like this
. It this a test to see if we were paying attention?
White House Unveils Plan to Bring Government Into the Mobile Age
- Via Mashable
I'm guessing that, in typical government fashion, this will be done with a mobile redirect to a mobile version, as opposed to a true responsive design. Sigh.
22 Website Designs Inspired by Apple.com
- Via WebDesignerDepot
OK, this one made me laugh. As someone who works at a Web development company, I can't tell you the number of times people answer "Apple" when asked what sites they want theirs to look like. Apparently other designers hear this too, thus this short list of what I'm sure are thousands of similar sites. Way to innovate, guys!
9 Excellent Tools for Design Mockups -
Design mockups and prototyping got some great pub this month. Mashable had a great list of tools, and WebDesignerDepot offered a review
Twitter sprucing up with purchase of web design studio Nclud
- Via ZDNet
And if you're not sure how to go about redesigning your website, do what Twitter did and just buy a Web design company. What else would you do with piles of investors' money?