Recently, I covered the five best practices that developers should look into while designing their mobile websites; and, if anyone is thinking that this growth in mobile internet usage will peak soon, then they are quite wrong. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, mobile internet use is predicted to increase 13-fold in the next four years. Furthermore, a report by IDC highlights a possibility of mobile surpassing the PC in web access by 2015.
As mobile devices are becoming affordable and diverse by the day, these predictions are not very far from becoming real. This is why I think a second helping of useful tips for mobile development was necessary. These five tips talk about the need of clean design and navigation for mobile use. So, here we go:
1. Define Content Stacking
The different parts of your website get altered when displayed on different screen sizes of smartphones. Therefore, you need to specifically define how your content is stacked when it is being altered to fit changing screen sizes. This will help you in prioritizing your important content in the most visible areas and developing an appealing website for your target audience regardless of the smartphone screen size.
2. Ease Up Navigation
Define the navigation rules of your mobile webpage. The basic, and most popular, approach dictates having a simple navigation menu on top with the content down below. While this approach is popular, it can backfire when the navigation has too many options and starts to look cluttered. Moreover, crammed up navigation can cause unwanted taps. Furthermore, there is the element of making the navigation as swift as possible by directing the visitor to the ‘meat’ of the webpage as quickly as possible. Therefore, navigation is an important aspect of designing a quality mobile webpage.
3. Make Searching Easy
It is a fact that the smaller screen sizes will necessitate a reduction in word usage and navigation tabs that can be opened. Therefore, mobile webpage users need to do more than the usual amount of navigation to get things done as compared to desktop users. Therefore, a prominent and effective search bar option can help users in finding what they are looking for without getting entangled in the mobile webpage.
4. Don’t Be a Drain On Your Visitors
The pace of smartphone development has been unprecedented over the last few years. Smartphones of today pack as much punch as the 70lb computer on the Apollo 11 that was used to calculate the landing trajectory. However, the pace of battery development has not been anywhere near the other components of smartphones. Therefore, battery times of smartphones are less-than-ideal, to put it lightly. As a result, using processor-heavy touches like animations and HTML5 geo-positioning will only drain the battery of users quickly. So, keep it simple and keep it light. Do your visitors a favor!
5. Use the Font to Your Advantage
Previously, web developers only had a limited font types to play with while designing websites such as Verdana, Times New Roman, Arial, etc. However, times have changed and support for a wide variety of fonts has come in the form of “font-face” for CSS3 and Web Open Font Format or WOFF. This allows mobile website developers the opportunity to select a font that is exactly in sync with the overall theme of the mobile webpage. Mobile webpage developers need to be very careful while selecting an appropriate font, select the font face and size, stay updated with browser updates, and thoroughly test compatibility. This will ensure a nice, appealing font face for the users.
In February, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced at the annual Mobile World Congress that number of active cell-phones will exceed the total world population by the next year. Furthermore, there are currently 1.1 billion mobile web users in the world and the numbers grow by the minute. So, the simple and irrefutable prophecy is this: Mobile will power our internet lives in the near future.
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