The use of mobile devices is increasing daily. Consumers refer to use the internet from their mobile device for any purpose like for social media, reading their favorite blogs and articles, or making purchases from eCommerce sites. Therefore, it is important to provide smooth, slick mobile websites that these users can navigate and use as much as possible.
This article will show you that design and development principles that go into mobile design are somewhat different to those associated with desktop design. Although web design trends in 2013 are generally aimed at delivering cleaner, less cluttered websites on desktops anyway, it is still worth having the biggest mobile development points clear in your mind. Below are some tips given for designing mobile website:
Create m sub domain
m.website.com, This function of creating m sub domain will have many advantages like easy to access and maintain, easy to type on phone, keeps the brand intact and moreover it is free of cost. This m domain has a higher adoption in the US companies such as Yahoo, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and Facebook.
Make it relevant for the user
Approach your mobile website with only essential and relevant information. The lesser the content is, people will find easier to visit your site. Always remember that when people access through mobile they don’t have time to look for the features of website so always make it more convenient for the user to access your site.
Understand Browser Layout
Use only single column layout. An iPad screen might make two or standard three column web pages look good, or the screen on a Samsung Galaxy S4 might be big enough to get away with it, but mission here is to provide the easiest layout whether someone is looking at your site on the biggest tablet or smallest Smartphone.
Create 2 versions
Always create two versions of your mobile site. One is for basic phone and another is for Smartphones. Add core features to your basic phone version and rich UI for Smartphone version. Creating both the version optimizes your customer’s phone.
Consider Navigation Method
There is no one right way to build navigation into your mobile site. For example: A mobile eCommerce site will likely have a search bar near the top of the page, and category menus so that users can quickly find what they’re looking for. Content-based sites might feature the navigation at the bottom of the page, so that users can access what they’re looking for quickly.
Include High resolution images
To prevent mobile sites from looking tiny, include images of high resolution. It magnifies them by 200%. This works great for text and vector images like SVG. But it’s not so hot on bitmap images.
Vertical scroll Down
Always keep vertical scrolls down button for navigation to view your information flowing down. Use blocks of information and optimize each block individually. Never keep a horizontal scroll button.
Use an HTML Doc 5 type
Not all browsers implement HTML5 features, but they will still accept an HTML5 doctype.
<! DOCTYPE html>Using this doctype declaration will allow you to display HTML4 elements in all browsers, and then add in additional functionality for the browsers that support HTML5.
Design For touchscreen and Non. Touch screen phone
It’s important that your mobile site should be optimized for Smartphones. They have typically large touchscreens screens but may have a more traditional trackball, joystick or directional keys. Therefore, it’s important that your design is easy for both touchscreen and non-touchscreen users.
Keep a link of desktop version
In mobile version always keep the link of desktop version. User might not always prefer to use the mobile version. So always keep a link at the bottom of page for the desktop version.