Ways to enhance mobile web designing and its usability
Mobile web browsing has taken the world by storm. The smart integration of internet and mobile friendly websites has made it possible for the users to easily perform mobile web surfing everywhere and anywhere they go. With user’s urgent need to stay connected with internet and access several different sites at frequent intervals, the want for websites which are more user-friendly and simple to access is becoming specific.
While designing the mobile website most of the web designers focus on look and presentation of the website than the functionality and here they commit a mistake. Remember look is important but not at the cost of the functionality. Avoid using any images and features which reduces the speed of the website. Users prefer mobile accessing to instantly gather the information and if in any case the site does not function effectively, the end goal of the user is unfulfilled. To overcome this doesn’t use flash animations or large images. Code your website properly; it should reflect same look and usability on different mobiles. Besides these tips there are several other important things a mobile web designer can thoroughly consider.
Design it Simple
The simpler the website, the better is its usability. If you desire to attract more and more users to your website, then code a design that is simple and easy to use. Incorporating more tables, frames and other formats may reduce the overall appeal and adds to the complexity levels. If padding is used, try to keep it less than what you use for a desktop. Remove the extra links and trim it down to strike a balance between the content and navigation.
Break up the page
Dividing the web page in to various sections and sub sections helps. A short text on different pages leads to less scrolling in one direction. For this you can use quality content that make use of effective words and coveys all in less number of words.
The placement of navigation menu ideally depends on the choice of your target audience. Get to know your end users and how they will be accessing the website. If the users wishes to see the changing content then place navigation menu below, but if users want to switch to the particular category instantly when they visit the website then the navigation menu should be placed at the top of the page.
Develop a distinction for the selected and unselected link
While the user accesses the web page and scrolls down, make sure that any selection done by him is clearly reflected than the other unselected ones. Incorporate some color changes or alter the background color and link color. You can also do necessary padding around the links or can add some bigger fonts which are easily distinguishable.
A web page may take lot of download time and system’s resources. The latter may be difficult so try to avoid it. Don’t engage the user in digging different pages in order to access the information. In fact try to strike a balance between the depth of the site and the number of links.
Avoid Pop Ups
Usually mobile browsers don’t support pop ups and even they do, it is better to stay away from them as they narrow the spaces.
Also don’t incorporate page refreshing, let the user do it. Periodic refreshing may fill the mobile’s limited memory and worsen the speed.
Subhadra Bhadauria is dedicated writer with renowned job site Naukri.com and apprises professionals in web designing career on some easy and simple mobile website building tips. The writer has done her masters in mass communication and engages herself in novel writings.