Today, I am happy to share with you our new mobile friendly website design. A mobile friendly site has been something I’ve considered over the years, but it was not something I felt was necessary. That is until last week, when found myself in a discussion on Twitter after Tom Bricker decided to redesign DisneyTouristBlog.com. It turns out I may not have considered it a priority, but you, my awesome readers, wanted a website that was usable on any sized internet capable device.
Below is a screenshot of how the site loads on an iPhone. The regular sidebar content that includes the daily port schedule and other various links are moved below the most recent posts. On some pages, this means a considerable amount of scrolling. To get back up to the top of the page, there is an up arrow that hovers in the bottom right corner that will return you to the top of the page when you tap on it.
When viewing the site on a smaller screen, you may notice 3 grey lines in the top right of the screen; this is the menu for the website. When you click on the icon, it will expand as shown below:
I want to thank Tom for unknowingly triggering a discussion with Natalie, Jose and David that caused me to move forward and bring the site it to the mobile age. Additionally, I hope these changes help render the pages faster on your end. I am already seeing a noticeable increase in speed on my end.
If you are interested in a few more features that I have in the works, you can get a sneak peek of them at our Movie and Drinks of the Day pages. Both are still works in progress, but they are online now. Development on the new features is on hold until the dust settles from the redesign.
The new design just went live this evening and I am sure there will be some hiccups along the way. So far I’ve tested the site out on a few iOS devices and worked out some of the quirks. If you see something that looks odd on your particular device, please let me know (screenshots are great if you can get one) and I will see what I can do to resolve it.
So… What do you think of the redesign? Be honest – constructive criticism will only help make the site better.