Making Your Website a Mobile Friendly Device Experience
Mobile Friendly Device Web Development
Over one half of all web browsing these days involves some sort of Mobile Device. Therefore it is most important that Website developers keep the Mobile Experience front and center as they configure the UI experience for Mobile users. When configuring a Website, it is important to make sure that it is “Mobile Friendly”. Mobile websites need to conform to a number of consistent rules that make them “Web Friendly” .
Tips to Make a Mobile Friendly Device Website
Here are a few tips to tell if your site is up to displaying your content in a friendly way. When text is shown on a mobile device, it needs to be readable in its “raw form”. It does not conform to ease of use if the user has to pinch or zoom the text on the mobile device to make the text readable. In addition, Mobile friendly device browsers can display links or “tapping targets” just like desktop browsers do. It should be noted however, that links on the same mobile page should not be spaced closely together. If they are too close together, it will be difficult for the user to differentiate between the two, adding to end user linking errors. To avoid this problem, use web development software or manually edit out links that line up to close together on the same page, to give a better mobile experience!
Optimize for Your Users Best Mobile Experience
Mobile friendly device optimization should not start with just a an approved desktop design. Mobile devices should be always considered in the design process. The design process may start better in layout if it starts “small” and is later expanded to a larger screen . In addition, mobile first design will give your potential users a faster and cleaner experience. Eventually you will need a design that contracts and expands to any screen size required. There are a wide variety of mobile and tablet like devices existing in the the market today. Trying to test and adjust parameters for each and every device and browser combination, will turn out to be a nightmare. So what is the best way to focus on the right set of phones, devices, and tablets that will maximize your efforts?
Keep your eye on the following Key Points:
Watch Market share and popularity
Follow the latest OS and OS versions
Observe all Screen Sizes in Design
Resolutions and Viewports Matter
Anticipate Upcoming Devices
Pay Attention in the Launch year
Follow the Key Manufacturers Products
Technologies Incompatible with A Mobile Friendly Device
Some older legacy technologies are incompatible with modern Mobile Friendly Device and Website Design. Not all mobile devices will support “Flash” an older Adobe technology, or Silverlight, a newer but sometimes incompatible Microsoft technology. Both of these technologies should be avoided to obtain a smooth Mobile User Experience.
Sizing the Viewport for a Mobile Friendly Device Experience
Viewport Configuration describes how a Mobile browser places the page to be viewed inside a “viewport window”. A web developer or team has the ability to control the characteristics of this window by specifying parameters in a special meta tag called the “viewport meta tag” This tag should be placed within the <head> section of the page. It takes the form: <meta name>=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1> The parameters are defined as follows: The “width” parameter controls the width of the viewport window and this sets it to the device width. The “initial scale” parameter property controls the level of zoom when the page is first loaded. The above considerations should take you a long way toward a Mobile Friendly Device strategy.