Are you going to build your new website for mobile users?
Have you ever developed it before?
If Not, that’s understandable.
A Mobile Website is a completely different thing from a Desktop website.
Today, developing a website as a Mobile compatible is the finest way to have a greater reach and good constant traffic.
Today, if you ignore mobile users, you will lose visitors. Smartphone usage is growing at lightning speed. And one thing is clear: millions of users access the internet via their mobiles.
Mobile users have increased by 40% in the last three years, and desktop usage has fallen from 90% to 50%.
Follow this trend and make your website mobile-friendly.
A story problem:
Ravi is driving a car and trying to buy a gift for his lovely wife. He is on your website. The car is moving 90 km per hour. How can you help him to buy the perfect gift?
Create a mobile website with touchscreen-friendly navigation that makes it easy for your potential customers to find what they need on the go.
Excellent! You are on the right post. Now how to make such websites. Here in the article, I will list ten best practices for mobile website development.
- Choose the Right Approach: One of the main factors in the success of mobile website design has been the ability to give better experiences for users on mobile. There are many different approaches to building a mobile web. They are divided into three categories:
Responsive design: make the page, URL, images, and everything remain the same. The only CSS gives it a different look based on browser width.
RESS/Adaptive/Dynamic Serving: The URL remains the same, but the server sends different HTML CSS based on device type.
Mobile Site: This type of website is hosted on a subdomain, e.g., m.domain.in.
- Use mobile-friendly CMS:
If you want to spend a low budget or limited resources on the mobile web, you can use a user-friendly content management system like WordPress. You can buy a premium template; thousands of themes are available online. Always choose a lightweight and fast theme optimized for a mobile device.
- Keep headings shorter than short.
The heading of your content should be shorter and sweet. Do not wrap heading over more than two lines. It pushes your content down the page and out of the frame for users. Instead, make them short and focused without telling the whole story.
- Use placeholder text on form inputs:
In small input form where context is obvious. It would be best to use placeholder text instead of labels, e.g., login form, search box, and address box.
- Reduce the Images size:
According to Google guidelines, speed (Website Loading speed) helps rank, and it is the most critical factor for a mobile site. Don’t use high-quality images to achieve fancy effects like gradients and shadows. Instead, learn the basics of CSS’s possible and incorporate those into your design.
- Create Fluid Layouts:
Each mobile device has different dimensions. Don’t just design for a 320-pixel width devices there is plenty of width like 176,240,320,360,480,600 dimensions. Make your layout flexible and fluid, ensuring it displays different screen sizes.
- Use Icons Where Appropriate:
The smartly used icon can improve the performance of responsive mobile web design in several ways. First, well-designed, appropriate iconography help replace long bursts of text, which is beneficial on smaller screens where space is premium.
About The Author:
Ashish Sharma is a Key Account Manager, looking after Marketing Strategies and building new business tie-ups at WeDigTech – A hub of Skilled Mobile App Developers in India. Focused on helping enterprises StartUps from domestic to MNCs.