As the world advances further with technology and finds new and exciting ways to make everything as portable and user friendly as possible, website designs need to increasingly become aware of the desire and absolute need everyday people have for things to be mobile friendly. Always being on the go and wanting everything in an easy to access format that is always available and at the user’s fingertips means that should a website not provide such a quick and simple to navigate site for the user’s phone then they will move on and find a site that will. Being user friendly and having a mobile friendly version of your site isn’t always as simple as everyone makes it out to be. What is considered okay and what do developers need to consider when creating these interfaces?
Possibly the most important thing to consider when creating your mobile site is hierarchy. Phone screens are small and elongated, making how information can be displayed very limited and at times difficult if there is an abundance of information. It is because of this that being able to determine what information is the most important to you and what you want to be seen first is an important first step for hierarchy. How it will be displayed large enough for the user to comfortably see by either enlarging text size or having buttons and text span the width of the phone screen is the next decision to be made. Creating a layout that is no more then two columns, more or less splitting the screen in half so that information can share the screen more, is important for mobile interfaces as creating more then two columns can create a cramped and difficult to interact with interface. Having a single column layout for your mobile site is perhaps the most user friendly but also the most limiting. Although it allows for buttons and links to be enlarged and be easily accessible for users to click and use without no strain of having to enlarge the screen and work so hard to try and get to one button or even just read the text on the site, it does create an extremely limited layout design as everything will simply have to be stacked on top of each other. This also means that you will have to be extremely careful and critical on what information you want to be read and seen first as users will not often take the time to scroll through an entire page that has an abundance of information.
Ensuring buttons and links are large enough for users to not only see but easily click on, creating clear hierarchy of information by placing what’s most important at the top, and also avoiding pages that scroll for too long are just a few of the basic and key elements needed for a successful mobile friendly site. Be sure to try and keep content short and concise as you make your mobile site pages, and to keep your design as simple and easy to navigate as possible. Put yourself in the user’s shoes and create a site that you yourself would be happy to go on and experience.
By Resource Computer Solutions