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Viktoria Bors-Pajuste
Viktoria Bors-Pajuste

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Importance of mobile-first approach

Junior developers, please take note: when creating a website, it's important to make it mobile-friendly from the beginning.

Many junior developers and students in bootcamps or universities start building websites or portfolios to showcase their work and document their learning journey. While it's essential to have an online presence, it's equally important to ensure that the pages is top on and mobile-friendly.

It's easy to get caught up in the design and functionality of a site and forget about the importance of making it mobile-friendly. However, this can be a huge mistake. As a junior developer or student, you're building your portfolio and showcasing your work to potential employers. If your website isn't mobile-friendly, it could be a turn-off to potential employers, who are likely to be browsing on their mobile devices. Making your pages mobile-friendly is a basic requirement in today's world and it's important to get it right from the start.

Here are a few reasons why adopting a mobile-first approach is essential in today's world:
1. Better User Experience: A mobile-first approach ensures that a website is designed for the device most commonly used by its target audience. By designing for mobile first, designers prioritize the most critical elements and eliminate unnecessary features, creating a better user experience for mobile users.
2. Faster Load Times: Mobile-first design often involves creating websites that load quickly on mobile devices. Fast load times are essential for creating an excellent user experience, as people are less likely to remain on a website if it takes too long to load.
3. Improved SEO: In 2018, Google announced that it was adopting a mobile-first indexing approach, meaning it would use the mobile version of a website for indexing and ranking purposes. Therefore, having a mobile-friendly website with a mobile-first approach is essential for improving search engine rankings.
4. Increased Mobile Usage: The number of mobile device users continues to grow rapidly, and many people are using mobile devices as their primary method of accessing the internet. Adopting a mobile-first approach ensures that a website is optimized for the device most commonly used by its target audience, thus providing a better user experience.

In conclusion, adopting a mobile-first approach is essential in today's world. With more people accessing the internet on mobile devices, businesses and website owners (so you as a junior developer too) must prioritize mobile optimization to provide a seamless user experience. By adopting a mobile-first approach, designers and developers can ensure that the website is optimized for mobile devices, loads quickly, and is easy to navigate. As the world becomes increasingly mobile, adopting a mobile-first approach is a necessity, not an option.

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