Creating Mobile-Friendly Websites: 10 Guiding Principles
With more and more people accessing internet through Smartphones, it’s crucial for websites to be mobile-friendly. It’s also a good approach to build user-friendly websites generating more sales and more revenue. What are the useful tips to consider while designing user-friendly websites? This piece of writing will serve as a good guide, as recommended by experts of website design company Glasgow.
Site Orientation: Portrait Layout
Vertical as well as horizontal scrolling is better for desktop users, but for mobile users, only vertical scrolling with portrait layout is better. Horizontal scrolling can spoil the users’ experience of the site.
Fewer Design Elements
Instead of studding a website with more design elements, better to select few, but useful ones. Support navigation with big buttons and consider the lightweight of the website while designing.
Site visitors should be provided with the search option to browse whatever they want at a website. The position of the search box should be top of the page.
For desktop website, large images could be the right option, but for mobile websites, larger images means more space required. Small images or no images at all would be the best approaches to go for to make the websites user friendly.
More White Space
Although, a website is meant to provide the visitors with more company information, but less is better. There should be more white space to make the visitors feel at ease and to give the website a visual appeal.
For larger websites, tables could be the choice, but for mobile websites, these are a big NO, due to the smaller screen size.
Best Contrast Of Colours
The colours used at a website might not look the same on all screens as they appear on iPhone. The text colour should be sharp and the background should be in the best contrast.
Keep That Lightweight
Not all the visitors could afford website loading taking more time, so better to keep the website lightweight. 20KB is the maximum limit for the page size.
Reduce Text Entry
The text entry should be simpler for the site visitors to enhance their site experience. The signup process should be kept limited to few entries only to avoid any hassle at the users’ end.
Designing For All Mobile Devices
As the user base is different in terms of the mobile devices they use to access internet, so a website should be built for all the mobile phone types.
A website should be as per users’ expectations, so web designers should consider all the factors that could influence them. Web designing techniques and technologies should be opted for as per needs of the business and the end users.
Emma Jones is a web designer currently working as the head of creative department of Vania Technologies, a well-known web design company in Dundee city. She is a regular contributor to different famous blogs. She loves travelling and a social media addict. You can join her on twitter @vaniatech