Window on WANs

Feb 2 2012   2:23PM GMT

Mobile users left in the cold by websites for presidential candidates

Shamus McGillicuddy Shamus McGillicuddy Profile: Shamus McGillicuddy

Enterprise mobility continues to challenge application delivery. Workers who access enterprise web applications on smartphones and tablets often find that the applications either render improperly on their screens or take forever to load.

It looks like political candidates are dealing with the same issues. If you’re in the mood to donate money to your favorite presidential candidate, don’t bother using your smartphone.

Web content optimization vendor Strangeloop looked at the campaign websites for President Barack Obama and each of the candidates vying for the Republican nomination. Of all the sites, only Mitt Romney’s had a site optimized for mobile users, according to Strangeloop CEO Joshua Bixby, who blogged about his review.

Bixby visited all of the sites with an iPhone and an Android device via 3G. He said all the sites were able to load on his iPhone within 10 to 20 seconds, but the load times on his Android device were terrible. Romney’s was the fastest at 21 seconds, but it failed to size properly. Other sites took several minutes to load, Bixby said.

Finally he noted that campaign websites are failing in their most essential mission: to drive revenue. Given that most campaigns haven’t optimized their sites for mobile users, the donate buttons on each site is either lost to mobile visitors or ineffective.

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