- Dec 31, 2012
It certainly does not need to be mobile-first, the entire second part of my post was about how not being mobile-first is both perfectly acceptable and also works well. The item I mention is that it is hard to label software truly "modern" when it is set on older trends and platforms.Uncrowned made a hasty generalization. It's one thing to observe trends, and quite another to claim the trend is the rule. People and organizations promoting certain approaches, and observing trends aren't research showing tech needs to be mobile first. Especially when the qualifier "so much" is added to "research."
While 2007 through 2017 saw rapid mobile growth, it flatlined between 2017 and 2021. It increased between 2021 and 2022, but that's attributable largely to Covid-19. That's worldwide where less advanced countries phones lower the barriers to entry to greater percentages of the population. In the USA, desktop usage is larger than either mobile or tablet. The desktop is far from dead.
As others have stated, the primary modern internet user is on mobile and wants information fast. These are both places where Xenforo struggles and I personally find it hard to label software as modern when it isn't aimed at the current/upcoming user base. I'm not arguing that desktop is dead or end of life, but this would fall into the same idea of a new gas station opening without electric chargers or a new store starting without shipping. Those ideas work amazingly well and may even have numerous modernized systems within them, but purely aiming to place a "modern" label on those businesses would be a no for me as they are focused on the older markets.