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Going Mobile with Drupal: Looking Ahead

by Paul Chason
January 10, 2013

Since writing my last blog post about Going Mobile with Drupal, the mobile device market continues to evolve at light speed. You’ve probably heard this, but access to the web through mobile devices is expected to outpace desktop web access by 2015. There has been a ton of discussion and thought around a “mobile first” design approach. While the “mobile first” approach is very forward-thinking, I’m not convinced it’s the right approach for every web project. Audience location still plays a key factor in determining which devices will be used to access a website. In developed countries such as the U.S., business users still access the web primarily through a PC as evidenced by a recent Business Insider survey. That said, we’ve seen some expected and unexpected developments over the last 18 months in an ever-competitive mobile space. 

Changes in Mobile Device Market

About a year and half ago, Android smartphones were on pace to outsell iPhones. However, as of Q4 2012, market share has flipped in the iPhone’s favor for U.S. consumers, while Android smartphones (specifically Samsung manufactured) dominate Europe. Mobile web browsing continues to be dominated by Safari. Even with the release of new mobile OS’s Windows Phone, Ubuntu, Firefox OS and Blackberry 10, it’s safe to bet iOS and Android will continue to hold the top market tiers. Windows Phone could start pushing for market share but it’s highly contingent on developer, user adoption and most importantly marketing and partnerships (there are now a few Windows Phone apps that integrate Drupal). 

Mobile Web Design Approach

With the number of mobile devices and OS’s increasing, responsive design has become the standard design methodology for the websites we build at Mediacurrent. We build all of our custom themes using Omega as a foundation. Our responsive design expert Kendall Totten has authored several posts on executing responsive design and using Omega.

Drupal 8 - Geared for Mobile

Drupal's history lies in content management and presentation on a desktop web browser. But, the release of Drupal 8 will come with significant changes in architecture that will target mobile content delivery to multiple devices—desktop, smartphone and tablet. The Web Services and Core Context Initiative (WSCCI) will focus Drupal on becoming a REST server with CMS capabilities, giving it the ability to serve content to multiple endpoints. These architectural changes in Drupal will position it to serve as the backbone for a multi-channel content delivery system with a “publish once, deploy to many” philosophy.

 

 

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Meet team member, Paul Chason

Paul Chason is the Managing Partner at Mediacurrent, managing the company’s operations and playing roles in sales, infrastructure, technology and marketing. Paul is a rarity in the web industry. With a distinct blend of creative design skills, advanced programming chops, and deep project management experience, Paul has drawn upon his rich Internet knowledge to lead and grow Mediacurrent into a premier Drupal agency.

Paul began his career in the web industry just after Netscape Navigator's debut. After stints at several Atlanta-based companies including WebMD and Home Depot, Paul was inspired to go into business for himself and started Mediacurrent in 2004. Following 3 years of running a solo business that took on projects ranging from illustration to e-commerce websites, Paul decided to re-focus his vision for Mediacurrent, partnering with his friend Dave Terry to grow Mediacurrent into a niche web agency specializing in open source Drupal development.

Paul’s Internet experience spans two decades and includes various web technologies (.NET, SQL Server, PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Drupal), technical architecture, and creative direction.

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