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Types of Mobile Options in Web Design

Mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets are changing the way everyone interact with content and online services.  So the question arises, what are my options in creating a mobile presence?

The four main options can be put into the categories of: Responsive website, native application, web application and hybrid application.

A responsive website is one that adapts to whatever device it is being viewed on. Whether that is a desktop computer, tablet or smart phone, the same website will display the same content using a visual design most suited to that device. Though many responsive websites will ‘hide’ content if it is deemed too much to display on a small mobile device (smart phone).

Just using display: none to hide content can affect  performance, accessibility and can harm SEO.  A better way, developed by Jonathan Snook is the following:

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