I Am Ready To Begin Working On My Mobile Website. Where Should I Begin?
Before you start planning and designing your mobile website, two very important concepts need to be kept in mind. These two fundamental concepts of mobile website design are minimalism and simplicity. Simply put, all design decisions should focus on minimalism and all decisions concerning the functionality of the website should focus on simplicity. If you are attempting to replicate the “look and feel” of your desktop website, it is important to only incorporate the most necessary elements into your mobile website. For instance, it is often important to reorganize the content from your desktop site that you want to copy to your mobile site in order to streamline the presentation. For example, multiple columns of data should be reduced to one.
Simplify Navigational Elements
It is also important to simplify navigational elements so they can be easily integrated into a touch interface, which has now become the default interface of almost all mobile devices. In addition to simplified navigation, it is important to incorporate plenty of “whitespace” around your links and navigational elements to ensure that users can easily “tap” their way around your site.
How Big Should My Mobile Site Be?
Another important aspect of mobile website design is the size of your site. You are designing a website to be browsed on devices that usually have less processing power and memory than a desktop device such as a PC or a laptop. In addition, many of your mobile visitors will be browsing your site over a mobile broadband network. In the U.S., many mobile networks set a cap or other restrictions on the use of mobile broadband. Therefore it is important that your site utilizes the least amount of bandwidth as possible. By applying the concepts of minimalism and simplicity, it is easy to create a mobile website that is lean on resources and consistently fast and responsive.
According To An Online Checker, My Mobile Website Is Still Too Big. How Do I Make It Smaller?
Your desktop website is the cornerstone of your business or organization’s online presence. You have invested a lot of time, money and effort into creating the best possible website for your needs and budget. Now that it’s time to create a website with a different set of goals and restrictions in mind, it may be difficult to know what you should cut and what you should include.
The best way to resolve this dilemma is by placing yourself in your mobile customers’ shoes. It is likely that you have a smartphone or another type of mobile device. When you access your site on one of your mobile devices, consider what you are most likely going to need from a mobile website when you are on-the-go and what parts are more likely to slow you down and get in your way. What elements of your website are crucial to mobile visitors and what elements are not? Once you approach your choices in this manner, you can make decisions regarding the design and functionality of your website in a logical and practical manner.
Minimalism and Simplicity
It is important to understand and keep in mind the two fundamental elements of mobile website design – minimalism and simplicity. By incorporating these elements in every facet of your website, you will have a faster, more responsive and more reliable mobile website. Now you are more prepared to start introducing a better, simpler mobile website out for your customers and the world to see.