Designing mobile friendly websites can be a tedious task. There are many things that one needs to consider. Firstly, a mobile website needs to mimic the original website. It should have a user-friendly design, without being too simple. If you are in the process of designing a mobile friendly website for your company here’s what you should avoid:
The layout of the mobile website should be user-friendly. On the other hand, it should not be too basic. The design should look complex but should be easy to navigate through. A complex layout will confuse the customer rather than fulfilling the true purpose of a mobile site. Conversely, a layout which only looks complex but is easy to use will attract users.
One of the many mistakes made during mobile website designing is altering or coming up with a new design. There are countless users who first check the website on a desktop and then use it on their mobile. If your mobile website design is different from the desktop website design, users will feel confused. The design of the mobile website should mimic the original design of the site. If you want to change the design, make sure the original website is redesigned as well.
Cramming Tabs and Information
The tabs and buttons of a mobile website should be spaced apart. Crammed tabs and information are difficult to navigate. Instead, you should add space between tabs. This will make it easier for the user to navigate and look for relevant information. Also, the mobile site should not have options which are hidden under layers of dropdown menus.
Java and Flash
iPhones hold a majority of the market share for mobile devices and they don’t support Flash. Moreover, Apple does not have any plans of enabling Flash on their devices. Therefore, you should avoid using Flash and Java on your mobile site. This will not only enable iPhone users to browse your site, but also improve the site loading time.
Smartphones may be a blessing for some but it is a pain to type on a touchscreen keypad. To avoid agitating visitors you should keep typing to a minimum. Of course, some text entering may be necessary, but the less the better.
If you avoid the above mentioned things when designing a mobile site, you should have no problems in coming up with a great design.