Article – Five Tips for Creating Your Law Firm’s Mobile Web Site
Jeff Richardson, a partner in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP and publisher of iPhone J.D., recently wrote an article for the BigLaw newsletter of the TechnoLawyer dist list (there is no link to the article because it requires a log-in). Back in December, when Law Firm Mobile unveiled the first ever comprehensive report on large law firm use of mobile websites, we enumerated a number of best practices for the mobile web.
In his article, Mr. Richardson gives the following tips for making law firm mobile websites:
- Make it small for the smart-phone sized screen but well-designed
- Keep it simple and make key information easily accessible
- Keep information updated (preferably automatically)
- Link to the firm’s full website and don’t use plug-ins
- Explore the use of “media queries” or “responsive design”
For the most part, we agree with his suggestions. His last point relates to one approach to website development where a company will design a website to have multiple widths but retain a similar style across all of them instead of having separate designs for a PC, a tablet, and a smartphone. It is an interesting approach and worth keeping an eye on, but, at this stage, firms should not sacrifice the advantages of a full screen merely to have a site that looks the same across all platforms.
- Law App Guy