The Mobile Internet refers to access to the World Wide Web via Mobile Devices, which is growing quickly & continuously. The following guidelines will help you create or improve your mobile user experience.
1. Reduce the Amount of Content
It is not possible to reasonably fit the PC version of a website onto a mobile webpage, where space is shortened and every pixel counts. So it is necessary to reduce the amount of content shown on the mobile-optimized version. Low priority content can be removed and only most important content, features or links that are outside of the main content area are included which are mostly found in the right hand columns of standard web pages. As the Mobile Development of websites should be much centered. This makes them simpler to read and move around, as well as faster to load on devices that can sometimes have slow Internet connection speeds.
2. Single Column Layouts Work Best
On the small mobile phone screens it is difficult to view wide web pages. Even on smart phones like the iPhone which are having comparatively large screens, regular & standard web pages loading and zoomed out so that they can fit on the screen. Until users zoom in to the part of the screen they want to view, most text is unclear. As zooming add an extra steps and efforts which is not easy to do on all mobile phones. Instead, create single column pages that use up the whole width of the screen that adds additional content on the page, as scrolling down is easier than scrolling across and users generally prefer it.
3. Present the Navigation Differently
To fit the navigation across the top of the screen on a mobile webpage is difficult, because it push the content too far down so make a use of single column layout on a mobile phone screen page to place the navigation at the top.
Here are some tips for placing a navigation to mobile website:
- On the homepage place the navigation and site search at the top of the page, and leave content for later pages.
- Place the navigation at the bottom. Users can still access the navigation but it doesn’t get in the way of reading the page. An Anchor link at the top of the page can give quicker access.
- Place the navigation in a dropdown link at the top of the page.
- Only offer a ‘Back’ button on pages other than the homepage.
4. Minimize Text Entry
Entering text onto websites is more difficult using mobile phones than when using a desktop or laptop keyboard. Nevertheless, users make far more mistakes and are slower when typing on even the high-grade mobile keyboard than when using a full size computer keyboard. So it is important to reduce the text entries on websites using various ways like allowing users to use stored details in their ‘My Account’ section when going through a mobile checkout experience, asking users to enter a PIN instead of a password, and to take advantage of in-built functionality.
5. Design for Touchscreen and Non-Touchscreen Users
In many countries smartphones are known for the majority of mobile Internet usage. So, it’s necessary that mobile sites should be optimized for smartphones. Therefore, it’s important to that website design is easy for both touchscreen and non-touchscreen users.
6. Take Advantage of In-built Functionality
Many mobile phones have benefit over the computers & laptops with lots of in-built functionality that most computers & laptops don’t have. It makes effortless to perform certain tasks for users by utilizing a mobile phones and to follow the manual steps like make calls, see address on a map and to find the places or locations.