Usability for a mobile conversion of your website
Designing for mobile devices needs to be simpler than its standard website and more task-based to get the job done because users look for something specific and urgent.
It is our recommendation to take into account how to use the barest minimum of the available space for your major contents and remain interesting for mobile users. Avoid large images and flash animation, as it will slow down your site. Remember that functionality is more important than style for mobile websites. If your website is not coded and design properly, it could look better on one phone, worst on another or worse, not displaying at all. We would test, validate, and check if it’s compatible with all mobile devices. Here are some of the things to consider on mobile website.
1. Decide On The Screen Resolution
The mobile world contains a rich variation of design considerations from different screen sizes and resolution to a variety of shapes. Aim to strike a balance between sufficient screen width and audience size.
2. Break Up Web Pages Into Small Portions
Lengthy sections of text can be hard to read so placing them on several pages limits the scrolling to one direction. Get rid of low priority content. Stick to a single column of text that wraps so there’s no horizontal scrolling.
3. Simplify The Design
Simplicity equates to usability. Let them move around the site with no difficulty. Avoid the inclusion of tables, frames and other formatting. Compared to desktop computers, the more you click the links on mobile websites, the more you wait because of loading time. With that, you need to strip down and simplify your website with balance between content and navigation.
4. Option To View The Full Website
Provide a link for your mobile visitors to switch back to your full website for the user to find and view the other content and features that’s only accessible to the desktop version of the site. Your viewers will surely be doing a lot of vertical scrolling, so help them out with ‘Back To Top’ links so that they can jump to the top of the page.
Get to know your audience and be aware of what they are looking for. Find out how they will want to navigate your site. Position your navigation menu below the content if your targeted mobile users want to see changing content quickly. The content and headline needs to be visible first to not get in the way of viewing the page content. For users who want to navigate on a particular category right away, place the navigation at the top of the page.
6. Use Text Links
Your main website may employ whizzy fly-out menus, rollovers or other fancy gadgetry, but a mobile browser will likely not. Be aware that dynamic page elements and graphical links consume resources, so opt for well-labelled text link
7. Make A Distinction Between The Selected Link
Moving the cursor down will scroll the page and highlights the links all at once. So, it’s important to clearly advise the user what item is in focus. This can be done by changing the font and background color of links and buttons or by simply adding some spacing around links to make the clickable area larger.
8. Balance Links
Each page download consumes time and system resources, the latter of which are in short supply, so try not to force the site visitor to dig through a multitude of pages in order to access the information sought. Strike a balance between the number of links on each page and the depth of the site.
9. Reduce User Text Entry
It is hard to input text in mobile versions of web sites. Replace with radio buttons or list instead so they can opt from what they need with ease. Remember that mobiles users don’t have access to conventional keyboard and mouse.
10. No Pops Or Refreshes
Mobile browsers do not normally support pop-ups. And if they did, they’d have very narrow space to pop into. Stay away from using them to avoid unpredictable results. Also, don’t have pages refreshing periodically to avoid filling the device-limited memory. Let the user refresh the content.
In A Nutshell
Get creative and apply your mobile web design in a new way. Make your content compelling enough and usable. Give your users what they want, when they want it. Users don’t want to dig deeper to the site just to find what they are looking for in the mobile web.