You Got Screwed: Tips For Web Design

Before you pay a “web developer” for online ” design ” – be sure you are not being sold a bill of goods by being hoodwinked into paying for a web UI that requires a proprietary plug-in that won’t run on 80% of smartphone devices or some popular browsers.

Microsoft Silverlight is an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, with features and purposes similar to those of Adobe Flash.

The run-time environment for Silverlight is available as a plug-in for web browsers running under Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. While early versions of Silverlight focused on streaming media, current versions support multimedia, graphics and animation, and give developers support for CLI languages and development tools. Silverlight is also one of the two application development platforms for Windows Phone.

The problem is that Silverlight doesn’t currently support some popular platforms like MAC  with the  Google Chrome browser and/or iOS or Android.

That’s right – use Silverlight on your web site and the increasingly important mobile visitor will be entirely locked out – unless they are one of the few on Windows Mobile.

Sage just made this mistake with their people wall which not only doesn’t run without Silverlight (goodbye MAC/Chrome users)  but because it requires Silverlight won’t run on mobile platforms you may have read are popular – like iPad/iPhone.

Increasingly the world is going mobile. People perform many of their most critical searches and research from their smartphone (neither Android or iOS support this Silverlight plug-in. The use of flash is another bugaboo that neither natively support).

Tip: Your crazy web developer is going to point out that there are work arounds (use another browser) or downloads or esoteric third party browsers that Android users can use to view their content but the sad fact is you just succeeded in locking out 80+% of mobile users from viewing content on your web site.

In our view a competent web developer should anticipate this problem and inform you ahead of time.

Or maybe those developing are just early for 2016 when IDC predicts Windows Phone will surpass iOS’s 20% market share..

Go on take the money and run … (as sung by web developer unfamiliar with modern UI design)

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  1. Good info but equally important is the planning from the client side of the type of design and or website being sought

  2. Yes exactly…a “competent web developer should anticipate this problem and inform you ahead of time.”

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