Going mobile

Increasing numbers of people are accessing the internet via mobile devices. UK statistics suggest that in 2011, 45 per cent of internet users connected to the internet using a mobile phone.

This trend is particularly strong amongst young people: in 2011, 71% of 16-24 year olds used their phones to access the internet, up from 44% in 2010.

Mobile accessibility is therefore becoming increasingly important for projects aimed at young people.

You can make your research more accessible on mobiles by:

  • Using mobile website building software, such as Zinadoo, Winksite, Jaemobi and MoFuse
  • Installing mobile plugins in your blog and/or content management software. For example, the WordPress plugins directory has mobile plugins. Joomla! also has a mobile version
  • Testing your site for different systems (e.g. Blackberry, iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone). If you don’t have any mobile devices, you can use simulators and mobile testing sites
  • Designing content for mobiles. Keep content short, simple and bold, so it will work on a small screen. Use small file sizes to reduce loading times. Avoid anything which will require users to download media or documents – it’s much better to embed media in your web pages.
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Quotes

“We didn’t expect young people to come in and to be experts in creating video or creating surveys.. you can’t expect them to understand and to know everything straight off.”
Martin Dewar, Young Scot