With the advancement in technology, mobile web browsing has turned into the major internet platform making it easy to browse from almost anywhere, with mobile devices. Designing for mobile devices has to be simpler than its standard website and more task-based to get the work done, as users look for something particular and urgent. Importance has to be given on how to use the minimum available space for major contents and catch mobile users’ interest. Flashes and large images are to be avoided as it slows down the site. While designing the website it is important to consider that functionality is more important than style for Mobile Websites. Make sure to test, validate and check that the design is compatible with all mobile devices.
Given below are some things to be kept in mind for Mobile Website Design.
Decide on the screen resolution:
The best mobile web design of any site is achieved with a balanced blend between sufficient screen width and audience size. The challenging factor for any mobile web designer is the way to get one to display on a wide range of screen sizes without any necessity of recreating pages for different platforms.
Break Up Web Pages Into Small Portions:
During mobile web design, sections of text have to be placed on several pages so as to limit scrolling to one direction. Stick the text to a single column to prevent horizontal scrolling.
Simplify The Design:
Simplicity, increases and eases the usability of a mobile web. If padding is required, it has to be kept to an absolute minimum, far less than that would be used in a normal web page. There should be a balance between content and navigation to simplify the website.
Option To View The Full Website:
A link to switch to full website that’s only accessible to desktop has to be provided for the users. “Back To Top” link is to be included so as to assist users as they continuously scrolls down.
Position the navigation menu either on the top or at the bottom depending on how the targeted mobile web users like to have it.
Text Links Usage:
Dynamic page elements and graphic links consume resources, so opt for well-labelled text links on a mobile web.
Differentiation between Selected Links:
Changing the font and background color of the links and buttons or by simply adding some padding around the links to make the clickable area larger will make the user identify the item being focused.
A balance between the number of links on each page and the depth of site will reduce the time and system resources consumed directing the user easily to the information.
Reduced User Text Entry:
Use radio buttons or list instead of text entry so that the user can select what is needed with great ease. The Shorter the URL, the better supporting it would be for the user while using mobile web.
Avoid Pops or Refreshes:
Pop-ups is not supportive, as the mobiles have very narrow space and pages should not refresh periodically as the devices have limited memory.
Follow these few thoughts while implementing Mobile Website Design and Development to get user-friendly websites easy to access on any device.