About Russ Jeffery

My smartphone is a: Galaxy Nexus, and I like it because I'm not willing to wait for my stuff to load. It's fast, it's big, it does exactly what I want it to. The combination of the great hardware and the flexibility of Android makes it the best phone on the market. What can I say, Android is the nerds operating system.

Before I was making websites mobile, I was: Answering phones in the Governor’s office as an intern. Let me tell you, mobile websites and people around them are so much better than the people who call the Governors office. Before that I was taking college classes, which had little to do with any technology.

The best thing I ever discovered with my smartphone was: How can you have a best thing you've discovered on your smartphone? That's like having to choose between Thin Mints and Somoas. You really want both. I found out that I'm actually good at Tetris, I guess that's pretty awesome.

The best mobile invention has to be: One of my favorite things is finding free deals of the day. You know: Those restaurants that give away free food for some reason. Who cares if it takes more in gas; it's worth the free food.

The mobile stat that sticks out most to me is: Apple and Samsung have 81% (52% of that is Apple) of the smartphone industry profits. It's amazing that two companies can have such a large share of the profit. I know they are the biggest players, but there are so many good phone makers out there. HTC makes some of the best devices out there, but cannot get anywhere close to those profits.

Holiday Support Hours - We're here to help!

Holiday Support Hours – We’re here to help!

Planning on taking advantage of your holiday time off to work on your mobile website? Great idea! In case you get stuck while making your site look great during the holidays, our Tech Support Team will be on hand through email to answer any questions you may have.

Tech Support will be answering email only on Sunday, December 23rd – Tuesday, December 25th then again on Sunday, December 30th – Tuesday, January 1st. Send any questions you may have to info@dudamobile.com during these days.

Happy Holidays!

6 Ways to Speed Up Your Mobile Site for the Holiday Rush

6 Ways to Speed Up Your Mobile Site for the Holiday Rush

With the holiday season in full swing, the surge in mobile traffic has slowed down networks across United States. This increase in traffic has resulted in slower load times for mobile websites and apps. In general, 25% of your visitors will abandon your site after four seconds of load time and 45%  will abandon after ten seconds.

On average, mobile websites take three to eight seconds to load. However, during some of the holiday season’s busiest times, mobile sites have taken up to eighteen seconds to load. The slower the load time, the higher the bounce rate! Keep your mobile visitors satisfied by making your site as speedy as possible. Here are six ways you can shed seconds off your site’s load time for the holiday season.

1. Limit images. Having too many images on a site or page is the biggest rookie mistake you can make in mobile web design. The fastest way to increase load time is to decrease your image usage. Keep it to five images per page on a mobile site, maximum.

2. Utilize caching. Anything you can keep stored, do. The biggest limitation to loading speeds is the networks they are attached to. If you don’t have to re-download files for each visit, don’t.

3. Optimize content. Mobile is already about being quick and easy. If you can cut out unnecessary paragraphs, you’ll have a happier visitor and a faster load speed! Also reduce the empty space if you can!

4. Limit outside content. Keep content in a location you can control. If you’re linking to video files on your friends website, it can take longer to load than hosting it on your own.

5. Split up long pages. This is a great tip to keeping it quick. If you have a lot of information you need to get across, consider splitting it up into multiple pages.

6. Optimize the images. You know that great picture you took with your 8-megapixel iPhone camera? That image can easily be 1.2 MB, that’s three to four times the size of the average desktop webpage. It’s important to scale images down, especially for mobile. If you have not seen http://smush.it yet, check it out, it will do this for you. Additionally, use .png and .gif files over .jpg files, they load faster.

Don’t neglect your mobile website during the holiday rush! With more people shopping on mobile this season than ever before, it’s crucial to optimize your site as much  as you can!

How To: Redirect Your Mobile Site

How To: Redirect Your Mobile Site

Setting up your mobile website redirect is the most important step in creating a mobile website. As most of your visitors will be going directly to your desktop website, you will want to make sure that you’re sending them to the correct location so they receive the best possible experience. Installing the redirect will do just that. We had this super cool video made to make sure you understand it as well as we do!

So, now that you’ve seen the video, what are you waiting for? Have you setup your mobile website redirect yet?