Tips For Effective Mobile Web Design

Filed under Guides by Adam Torkildson on July 24, 2017 at 6:55 AM

The consumption of mobile data around the world is astronomical.  People are using their mobile devices to access the internet more now than ever before.  In 2017, more than 300 million mobile devices were purchased, and data consumption rates rose over 70 percent.  

The numbers clearly say that every website designer should optimize for mobile viewers.  There are a number of easily implemented design fixes that will quickly augment WordPress themes for maximum mobile optimization.  Take a moment to consider a few helpful tips for building a more effective mobile web design.

Optimize for iOS mobile devices

Despite the excellence of the modern Android systems, iOS devices are still extremely popular.  As a matter of fact, Apple users are some of the most loyal brand users.  It behooves designers to include them when building a website that is optimized for mobile use.

People love the comfort of their iPads and iPhones.  Try adding iOS splash screen icons to the site’s design, so Apple users can opt to add your website to their home screen.  The coding fix is simple.  Check it out!

Optimize media elements of the design

Images and videos on a mobile design should be optimized to the smallest file-size possible for quicker loading times.  Websites like this one that include several images on one page would take forever to load if the file images were not compressed.  Do the extra detail work, and optimize media elements.  

Think all thumbs (or index fingers)

It is best practice to make sure the website’s mobile design is entirely navigable through the use of only one finger (or thumb)… No pinching allowed!  

Also, many of the web users accessing a website through their mobile device are men, so make sure that the clickable appendages of the site are large enough for fingers of all sizes.  

Keep is simple, short, and sweet

Web designers only have a few seconds to catch the attention of site viewers, so it is crucial to make the site’s impact swift.  Keep the site’s information easy to read and quick to get to the point.  

Short paragraphs and light image loads are best practice for mobile web design.  A smartphone screen is much smaller than a desktop monitor, so think small.  

Minimize the use of Javascript

Due to the difference in the way Java runs on various browsers and devices, it is not a good idea to include a whole bunch of JavaScript.  The website will not load properly or look the same across the board if Java is weaved all throughout its design.  It is not that designers should not use Java at all.  Just minimize its use to cut down on loading issues.

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