7 Tips for great mobile development
Long gone are the days when developers struggled to make websites look good on mobile devices. Thanks to rapid advances in smartphone development and programming languages, responsive web design is easy. However, the focus has now shifted to the user experience. How do you ensure that your users have a fluid an enhanced experience on your website when using a handheld device?
The size constraint for most mobile devices has limits to what you can do for website design. For starters, the constraints have forced developers to get rid of anything that is not essential.
Here are seven tips on how to use design to maximize a great user experience.
1. Keep it to the essentials
People in general often get frustrated when dealing with anything that is complex. Therefore, the best mobile development tool is to keep it effortless and simple. Be sure to give the information that the user needs in a succinct, natural and user-friendly way. The following elements will assist with a simple design:
o Limit the amount of content per page.
o Visibly indicate where to find information.
o Include a search bar and function.
o Only use relevant images.
Be sure to test directly with users before roll-out.
2. Make it readable
It is important that you use a font that is legible and large. Google uses this element to rate your website according to their test for mobile friendliness. Legibility is just one of the five metrics used by Google.
3. Speed is key
Any visitor to your website does not want to deal with sluggish uploads. Make sure your site is available in three seconds or less. Speed is one other metric used by Google to rate your site.
4. Keep content concise
Mobile device users do not want lengthy explanations and narratives. The typical scenario for a mobile user is, find information or location, make a decision and choose the next step. Long and detailed content will hinder this experience resulting in many users leaving your site in under three seconds. Be sure content is clear, crisp and concise. For example, one of our clients were looking for a company to help them with their mobile development in Marietta. As a Law Firm, they needed assistance restructuring their content and images to be more effective on mobile. We were able to help their site appear cleaner and still keep their content effective.
5. Keep pictures relevant
The same rules that apply to your wording, fonts, and content for your site, apply to pictures. Keep them simple, impactful and relevant to the content. Try to minimize their use and when you do use them, make sure the image drives the focus of your content.
6. Get to know the industry conventions
Over the years, the mobile device industry has developed a number of conventions that follow user interaction trends with mobile devices. Familiarize yourself with these conventions. Do not spend time or money on inventing new ways that users do not understand. Stick to the basics of how users, navigate, scroll and direct the attention.
7. Ensure the interface is user-friendly
Make sure you offer your users clear and easy action options. For example, you can offer online support, share content via social media or provide video tutorials. You can use icons to ensure that these extras are easily identified or found. Clickable elements are another element of Googles rating metrics.
Keeping these tips in mind for designing a seamless user-friendly site for mobile devices, will help you a long way in getting it right. If you are looking for a responsive or mobile first developer in the Greater Atlanta or Marietta area, ask us! Get in touch with us for a free in-person or phone consultation for your business.