The Age of Mobile Websites

The world is using more Smartphones than personal computers and soon (not too soon) personal computers will become the relics of the past. Thanks to responsive web design, now websites can be viewed and are easily accessible on mobiles anywhere and anytime. But with hundreds and thousands of websites going mobile every day, the standards are getting higher and higher.

The first thing that you need to take into consideration is, the load time of your mobile site. One thing that majority of mobile web developers doesn’t take into account is the load time of the mobile websites. A public survey shows that 74% of the users will close the website and bounce away after waiting for just 5 seconds for the mobile website to load on their gadget, where as an average m-commerce site takes nearly 9.86 seconds to completely load. Just imagine the advantage it would give your mobile web over others. So ask your mobile web developer to keep that point in mind when you ask him to make a mobile web for you.

The next aspect that needs your attention is to know the answer to this question, what are mobile users doing online? What kind of mobile websites users visit? Knowing this will help you in creating the website that people actually want to visit. A staggering 490 million people worldwide will be making online payments in the form of mobile ticketing and mobile coupons and these numbers are likely to reach 788 million by the year 2015, which was only 14 million in the year 2010. So making an online mobile payment portal is going to be a profitable idea. If not, then you can go for a mobile shopping portal, because 4 out of 5 Americans that own Smartphones like to shop online through mobile shopping carts.

The growth of mobile e-commerce is expected to reach the $31 billion mark by the year 2016, and if you want to take some piece of that enormous pie, you need to develop a fully efficient mobile website through responsive web designing.

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Going mobile- The new age of mobile web design

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The new age of mobile web design

 

Today there’s no doubt that mobile devices are having and will continue to have an impact on web browsing, especially when it comes to online interaction between businesses and consumers. For your site to work well on a mobile handset, it must follow the accessibility design guidelines for building mobile Websites which are set by the W3C. In mobile phones, the technology called the WAP is used for browsing. Because of the limitations of WAP browsers in terms of screen size and allowable download, you will need to strip down your current design. The easiest way to build your mobile Website is to modify your existing Internet site to make it compatible for mobile handsets. If you decide to do so, expect that there will be big changes in terms of layout, design and construction. Some of these are-

 

Design, content and more-

Leverage the intuitive power of touch UI by minimizing interface chrome (buttons, tab bars, checkboxes, sliders and so on) wherever possible and putting your content on the space available. Responsiveness is of prime importance when dealing with design for a website based to be run on mobile devices. If your user does something, your app needs to acknowledge the interaction instantly.  Avoid scrolling. I can assure you that ‘below the fold’ exists for mobile. Also, having a non-scrolling screen has a more solid and dependable ‘feel’ than a scrolling view because it’s more predictable.

Size

As for general website design, you can have a large screen size of 14 or more bur for mobile, you have limited size which users can see to view your website. So designing mobile website, size should be the main concern and you must arrange and placed things which are most important and which are most needed.

Platform

You must have to consider mobile device properly. What resolution, common screen size, the way they can access the website. Touch screen phones doesn’t have much problem viewing website from different view whereas for mobile devices with keypad, it has one single button to access and view different portion of website. You must think about this while designing the layout.

Accessibility

The file or object you use for mobile websites, must be compressed one and can be loaded quickly without making the extra load on the viewer’s GPRS plan.  The website should be prepared in a way that promotes thumb use. According to a recent survey, mobile internet users use their thumbs for browsing through websites. So create a website that is “thumb friendly”. Also, typing stinks even on the best devices, so you should do what you can to make it easier for your users.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider before designing and building a mobile website. The principles of mobile design are different than those of conventional Web site design. If you do not have the time or patience to learn new coding practices, then consider hiring a firm that specializes in mobile Web site design. ColorCuboid offers complete mobile web design and development solution to clients across the globe. Contact us today!

Jees