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In the process of designing a site for your mobile users? You’ve probably already heard that you need to dump the graphics to avoid overwhelming your mobile users, and while this is true in most cases, there are certainly settings where you need to incorporate graphics into your site, right? So what’s a site-owner to do when you need a combination of graphics and a functional mobile site? Don’t worry – there are a number of solutions you can use.
First, identify which graphics are the most important to your site. While it’s okay to have the ones that are essential, you still can’t overload your site with graphics. Figure out what you really have to keep, then stick with those.Read More
You’ve heard it again and again – you have to optimize your site for people to be able to find it. You can’t simply throw a website online and hope customers come. It just takes more these days. Nowhere are those statements more true than in today’s mobile web environment. If you’re looking to optimize your site, these quick tips can help.
First, customize your CSS just for mobile devices. Sure, this step sounds like a huge hassle, but if you want to keep the overall look and feel of your site, but make it a bit more mobile friendly, it’s not really that much of a hassle. To make certain it’s going to look good on any mobile browser, use fluid layouts. They’ll automatically adjust to any screen size.
Second, kill the unnecessary. Whether it’s massive linking, excessive imaging, or far too many words in every headline you write, you can’t have a well optimized site if there’s just too much. Remember, mobile users are on-the-go. Let your website be small enough to go with them. Trim your content so it’s a single column they can browse with big clickable links and headers to make things easier for readers.Read More
It seems many companies are going for solid usability with their mobile website designs, but if you’ve browsed the mobile web recently, you may have noticed that several have missed the mark. If you’re working to design the right site with a high level of usability for your mobile customers, these tips can help.
Start by actually evaluating your customers. You can’t design a site with a great level of interactivity between the site and the user if you don’t know who might actually be using it. Look toward your analytics for help with this one as well as some of the usability testing tools on the market today.
From there, remember to decrease your focus on aesthetics. Sure, you want your site to look great, but it’s the content they’re really looking for, so make it as accessible as possible. Make sure they can move through your site as quickly and effectively as possible and that everything there is legible on a mobile screen.Read More
Mobile websites are obviously an essential part of today’s online landscape. With so many people living by smartphone these days, getting a site that looks good and offers real functionality on the go can be tough unless you do some careful thinking. The needs of a customer or just someone browsing from a desktop or a laptop are far different than those of someone sitting on the train, iPhone in hand, trying to learn more about your company or order something from you or just read what you have to say. So, before you even book that design firm to build a mini site of what you already have available to customers, you may want to consider these factors.
First, remember that speed really counts. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working on a content article or your home page, making sure your load time is short and you get right to the point is essential. Not only do mobile users need faster load times because the connections can be shaky at times, but anyone browsing on a mobile device probably has other things to do at the same time, so it can be tough to wait while they’re trying to move on to something else.Read More