When designing a website, mobile websites have become a significant part of the design process. Most people are on their phones nowadays, so a good mobile design is essential to reach a wider audience, for this reason let’s talk about the common mistakes of mobile design.
Too many words
One of the easiest ways to make your website easier to read is using short sentences and paragraphs. This is especially important if you have a lot of text on your page, as this can confuse users.
Another good way to improve readability is using bullet points, lists, and headings in your copy. Make sure you use these tools carefully, though—they should only be used when needed!
Finally, add images or icons (or both) onto the page where necessary; these will help draw attention away from long blocks of text or complicated features so that users know exactly what they’re doing before they start reading it!
Oversized images can be a big problem on mobile. When creating your website, you should use the correct image dimensions, including width and height. If you need to figure out what these are, many online tools will help you determine them. Failure to do this could lead to distorted images, terrible layout, and slow load times.
Images should also be optimized for the web to load quickly and look good on smaller screens (like smartphones). To optimize an image:
- Use the right file format – Use JPEG or PNG for best quality results.
- Keep images at 2500 pixels as it’s perfect for wide screens and looks decent on mobile.
Elements too close together
When elements are too close together, the user’s eyes can’t move easily from one element to another. The result is that they have a hard time reading your content because they’re not seeing any whitespace between items on their screen. This leads to an increase in bounce rate and decreased user satisfaction with your website’s design. Avoid this problem by spacing out your content so there’s plenty of breathing room between each section of text or image.
Button size is one of the most important factors when designing your mobile website. The button size should be big enough to be easily found, but not so large that it takes up too much space on the screen. Additionally, buttons with clear action messages are more likely to be clicked than those that don’t indicate what happens when a user clicks them.
Dropdown menus are a great way to navigate your site, but they should only be used when there’s a lot of information on the page and you want the visitor to be able to easily find what they’re looking for. Dropdown menus are fine if you have one or two main navigation options. But if you have ten or more pages with different subsections (or sub-sections), nested dropdowns can be cumbersome—and even confusing!
Use icons instead of text links as much as possible: they’re easier on the eyes than text links and usually more recognizable by users who don’t use computers often enough (like older folks). Also make sure that your icons match up with each other visually so that it looks like it fits together naturally—no random shapes floating around here!
Contrast between colors is important; try not relying too heavily on one color scheme throughout your website design because this could make things look blurry or overdone depending upon how much contrast there is between them all together.”
One design does not fit all
Designing for mobile first means designing your website, product or service for all screens—not just one screen size, but all of them. This means that you will have to be able to adapt your content and design based on the screen size of each device that visits your site.
This also means being prepared to deal with multiple operating systems (iOS/Android) and browsers (Chrome, Safari, and Firefox), languages (both English & French are supported), countries where people speak different languages, etc.
Testing is vital to ensure your website is optimized for mobile devices. It’s not just about making sure the design looks good on a phone; it also needs to work well on smaller screens, like an iPad or tablet device.
Suppose you’re not testing your site in real browsers (not emulators). In that case, you are missing out on the opportunity to gather valuable data about how people interact with your designs and how they experience them when they use their own devices instead of a desktop computer or laptop screen. Testing in different locations can be beneficial if you have users coming from other countries or regions where there might be differences in language usage or cultural norms regarding data privacy settings.
There you have It! A few common mobile design mistakes you should avoid on your website. If you’re unsure if your site is mobile-friendly, we recommend looking at some of these examples to see if they can help you in the right direction. Contact us now if you want to know more about improving your website.