Which platforms and browsers are popular?
Which browsers are capable of supporting modern scripting?
What devices and simulators do I acquire to test with?
When you are building a mobile site, you have to ask yourself similar questions, but not the
exact same questions, because remember your site should be speciﬁ cally tailored to your
target audience. So your questions should be:
Which platforms and browsers are most commonly used by visitors on my website?
How many people access my website from a mobile device that is capable of
supporting modern scripting?
Which devices and simulators do I need for testing?
Which platforms and browsers are most commonly used by
visitors on my website?
Now let's answer the ﬁ rst question. Before building a mobile website, you must ﬁ rst ﬁ nd out
who are your target audience, and what mobile devices they use when visiting your site. There
are many analytics tools that can help you answer these questions. One of those is Google
Analytics. You can sign up for a free Google Analytics account at: http://www.google.
The way to do it is fairly straightforward: most developers are no strangers to Google Analytics.
embed it in your web pages.
between using it on a desktop site and on a mobile site.
How many people access my website from a mobile device that
is capable of supporting modern scripting?
Now let's answer the second question. One thing you may want to ﬁ nd out is the number
of people using mobile browsers to surf your site. And you also want to ﬁ nd out how many
percentage of people using low-end smartphones is higher than that of people using high-end
smartphones, it may not be worthwhile using HTML5 in the ﬁ rst place (although the chance of
this is very low).
So if your goal is not just to know the number of people using smartphones, but also the
number of people who use older versions of mobile phones, Google Analytics for mobile
comes to the rescue. You can download the script from:
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