In this post, we’ll be taking a look at mobile web development best practices for beginners. Every year we see exciting new ways of building and designing for the mobile web, and this year has seen a host of changes that not only affect mobile websites but which are profoundly influencing the shape of the web at large.
More than ever we’re seeing an increase in trends leaning toward mobile priority, and perhaps for the first time, we are seeing desktop ready sites taking a huge inspiration from mobile web development. Below we take a look at how as a new business operating online you can take advantage of mobile web best practices to get your mobile site up and running.
Using responsive design means building your website with mobile browsing in mind from the very beginning. A responsive design usually builds your site based on a grid system which can adapt to different screen sizes while maintaining a consistent format and appearance.
Before you try anything too ambitious with your mobile site, we advise building a firm foundation which is functional and simple to use. This will allow you to build from your base as you progress without the risk of your website falling apart.
One unique characteristic of mobile browsing is the inconsistent network we might experience while moving around. As such, it is absolutely essential that you keep website speed in mind at every stage of development.
Perhaps the most significant difference of all with mobile browsing is the need to re-format to save space. Be sure to test each page of your mobile site to ensure that everything from text, images, icons, and buttons are functional and easy to use.
Finally, as mentioned above, your site needs to be built and designed with hand held browsing in mind. Make sure that anything on your site that needs to be clicked is large enough to use with fingers and thumbs.