Content Management Systems or CMS, is a great way for clients to manage and update their own sites. Mobius has worked on various projects and systems in the past that have limited clients to simple updates. As the design and programming of Content Management Systems have evolved, so has Mobius. We’ve extended our programming of these systems to include custom solutions, WordPress, and Drupal based systems. These systems not only run basic websites but have also evolved to the management of Government sites, University communication operations, laboratory websites, and even iPad apps. Several of these websites even operate on mobile platforms that were designed from the ground-up. We make strides in designing, programming and operating your website exactly how you want it.
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Technological discoveries offer new opportunities for people with disabilities. These advances in technology make things possible – or accessible - for individuals with disabilities by allowing them to interact with the world in a new variety of ways. At Mobius New Media, we believe that this concept of accessibility for people with disabilities is so important that it needs to be carried across web as well. If a company develops a website that is not accessible to those with disabilities they might be significantly reducing the amount of traffic they get on a daily basis. Taking into account people with disabilities will allow a business to reach out to a wider audience and to not exclude anyone who wants access to content.
When talking about people with disabilities, we are referring to users with visual, auditory, physical, speech, or neurological disabilities. A website thus needs to be compliant with guidelines that make it accessible for individuals with any of the impairments mentioned above. However, there are certain situational disabilities that also need to be considered when thinking about web design. These include utilizing a mobile browser, having a slow internet connection, or browsing a website on a tablet or smartphone. Although these are not physical disabilities per say, they still need to be considered when designing a new site. Alternate ways of accessing a website need to be available even for those without physical disabilities.
Allowing customers to find information quickly and in an easy manner will keep them coming back to a site, whereas unreadable text or hidden navigation menus will really affect return rates. Therefore, thinking about web accessibility can be seen as a business reason that will help any company improve their marketing efforts and daily hits.
Moreover, accessibility guidelines do not need to make a design boring or compromise a creative design for function. At Mobius New Media we believe that a website should incorporate accessibility guidelines while still being visually appealing. We believe in making our sites accessible not only for our clients in Wilmington, Delaware but to all individual in any part of the world.
Mobile site design – Its more then just making your site smaller so it fits on a mobile device.
Having a mobile version of you website is quickly becoming a standard. The need to connect with a mobile audience is growing, as well as the number of smartphone and tablet users. With so many options to create a mobile presence it’s hard to know which is right. In the end, it all comes down getting something that works best for your audiences needs, you or your companies needs, and staying within your budget. Above all you want to make sure your visitors are able to navigate through your site and are able to find the info they need, and quickly. While viewing websites on a mobile device or tablets, they should be able to easily bookmark your site for future visits. You want to do all of this while still having an eye catching, professional mobile web design, and for good reason. In a world where seconds can mean the difference between making a sale or landing a client, you need to capture your audience and keep them interested, and on as many devices as possible. One of the best ways to do this is by using a Responsive Design.
Responsive Site Design explained
Responsive design has grown from a buzzword to a new approach to designing both desktop and mobile websites. It is a website that literally responds to the device that is accessing it, and delivers the appropriate output and style. So rather than designing multiple sites for different sized devices, only one site is needed, and the size of the screen it is being viewed on will specify how it should be formatted and displayed.
Why use a Responsive Design?
Your site is going to be viewed under a lot of different conditions that you really can‚ predict. It makes sense to design a site that can adapt so it stands the best chance of working well, across all of the internet devices. The central concept is to build a series of scalable designs or styles targeted for specific screen resolutions in combination with using flexible layouts and scalable images. The web browsers provides the information that is needed to choose what style needs to displayed. So, instead of creating separate sites with different content, we create one site tailored for each device, a responsive site that will adapt within the available screen real estate. It is also important to note that the technical support for responsive design is evolving rapidly as well, code libraries and other development tools will help make implementation quicker and it this “fad” will quickly become an industry standard.
So, if you are looking to have a professional website design that will evolve with the ever-changing world of the internet, then responsive design should really be a consideration. At the very least it should be a significant factor in your next design brainstorming session.
So your phone knows where you are, where you’re going, and where you’ve been. What if it knew where you would like to be, and who you would like to go there with? What if it knew what you would find interesting when you got there?
If you are anything like me you carry your mobile phone with you everywhere you go- and I mean EVERYWHERE. So it’s no surprise to me why people won’t leave their phones more than 3 feet away from them at any point in the day. In a very short time they have come to play a crucial part in everyday personal and business life. They have become a main communication hub and entertainment portal for most people, and an identification badge or wallet for others. For some it is a diary, a photo album, a calendar, and it is very quickly becoming a primary source of all media consumption. As mobile use continues to grow so will the intelligence of these devices- they will become the gateway to real-time information tailored to your likes and needs, becoming more of a “connector” for all of your electronic devices.
The dividing line between smartphones and tablets is getting pretty blurry these days. There is more access to the internet on mobile devices and tablets than the PC, globally. I believe these will be the primary way of experiencing the internet in the next 5-10 years. This will also cause a dramatic change in the web design industry creating a need to design for mobile/tablets first and the desktop second.
So what is the future of mobile?
I can see sensors being placed everywhere. Everything will be recorded and stored in a personal/business “cloud”, in real-time. The idea of privacy will also change and our views of it will shift as well. It will be more acceptable for our “clouds” to know where we are and what we are doing. The line between a social network and “big brother” will grow ever blurrier and this will happen faster than expected. I also see an increase in mobile payment systems. (I understand the apprehension people have with linking their bank accounts with their phones but I believe that most non-tech savvy people will eventually come around to the convenience this technology offers.)
What else could your phone possibly do?
What if your phone became your car keys, your house key, your home security system, your TV remote, your baby monitor, your time clock for work, your thermostats? What if it could ready any other device in your home, car or office? What if your mobile phone was also your car dashboard?
So the future of mobile is of course unknown but one thing is for sure mobile is the future of the internet. As cool new apps are being developed and more people become open to the idea of a “very smart” phone, I predict mobile devices becoming an artificial intelligence capable of assisting in ALL of our everyday tasks. It will be more then just hand held devices, mobile devices will be a part of just about anything that moves and is connected to the network, anything with wheels, wings or legs. I also see it becoming less of a search tool and more of a suggestion device, so instead of you asking your phone “Where is the nearest book store?” Your phone will tell you “Hey, why not download the latest best seller here?” Your mobile device will learn who you are and what you’re interested in so it can make suggestions based on what it knows you like and not what you tell it.
Imagine this… you dock your phone into your car dashboard and it announces: “Hey, I see you’re in Wilmington Delaware, why not checkout Colin Hay at the Queen Theater tonight?” You can answer: “Yea that sounds fun, buy me two tickets and remind me when the doors open, give me a list of restaurants that have a tables open after the show, also turn my outside house lights on and text the babysitter … we will be home around midnight.”
So with apologies to Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells, the future may well… look something like Knight Rider.
Hopefully, with less pleather.