12 Tips to Optimise your Website for Mobiles and Tablets

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12 Tips to Optimise your Website for Mobiles and Tablets

Websites are no longer being accessed just on desktops, but now increasingly on mobiles and tablets. We no longer have a Nokia 8210 with the battery life of about a week – you probably own a smart phone, and probably access social media and other websites through your phone.

So what does this mean? This means developers need to make websites more mobile-friendly through using the following tips:

1 – Keep it simple. Might sound like a no-brainer, but believe it or not many websites try to throw in so much content into pages, making it frustrating for website visitors.

2 – Make buttons large enough so that they are easy to click on small screens.

3 – Create an Icon so that when Apple users save your website, it saves with an icon to their Home Screen.

4- Use correct size formats for images, make sure they are not too big.

5 – Hide content that is irrelevant and only going to clutter your page.

6 – Make sure menus can be found at the top to allow for easy accessibility.

7 – Use videos for content – this can be much more useful than long pages of text which can be painful to scroll down on small devices.

8 – Use Analytics tools to see what browsers/ devices your users are most commonly using and test the website on those platforms if possible.

9 – Don’t use too much JavaScript as this can slow down page loads which can be frustrating especially for mobile users. If possible, avoid Flash and JavaScript at all costs.

10 – Make the website expandable and responsive. This allows websites adapt to different screen sizes.

11 – Don’t use pop-up windows.

12 – Have a separate page for mobile users, for example the primary domain is mediaray.co.uk – but if the server detects that the visitor is on a mobile device then it can redirect to m.mediaray.co.uk which is mobile optimised and can have less content.

 

Related Links

Google: Building Smartphone-Optimized Websites

Article by Samir Benamar

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