In the current age of digitalization, people are driven towards digital discovery through a mobile-first approach. Keeping that in mind, web developers from big enterprises as well as small businesses, make a note of optimizing a website as mobile-friendly as possible. It is important for a website to be optimized in such a manner that it gets rendered properly in various mobile devices. Especially if you are offering an E-learning platform. This is where RWD(Responsive Web Design) comes in to play!
Here is how you can optimize your website’s responsive design.
? Size of Hyperlinks and Buttons
While designing the website, you should keep in mind that in desktop, the user uses the mouse pointer to click on buttons and links while in mobile they use their thumb or index finger which is much thicker. If the size of links and buttons are kept small, it will become difficult for the user to click on them for navigation or other purposes. Keep large-sized buttons and do proper usability testing to make sure that all the hyperlinks and buttons are easily clickable on the mobile screen.
? Media Elements Should be Playable
Often, it has been observed that videos or GIFs embedded in the content of a website are not playable on mobile devices. Contents that require Flash player or any other license are not supported on mobile. Media elements which are not playable are irritating for an end user, as a result, they don’t think twice before switching on to another website. Once your website is developed, test it on real devices to make sure that all the media elements are working properly.
? Perform Cross Browser Testing - Those days are long gone when Internet Explorer was the only browser available to access websites. At present, apart from the big shots like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, there are hundreds of desktop and mobile browsers, even some device-specific browsers that are preferred by users for accessing websites. So it is important to validate your website for compatibility issues as different browsers have their own unique rendering engine which is responsible for rendering web elements of any web page you visit.
? Avoid Lengthy Forms
Websites often contain lengthy registration forms. Those are easier to fill on a desktop but on mobile, a user needs to scroll a lot and while doing so, they may get confused or lose track. The frustration increases when something goes amiss and they have to scroll up again to correct it. Avoid these tedious jobs and provide easy forms that do not require that much information from the user. Making their job easier will increase your website’s mobile friendliness.
? Testing mobile friendliness
Google has developed a tool to test whether your website is mobile friendly or not. Just enter your site’s URL and hit the test button. The tool automatically checks whether your website satisfies all the guidelines required. It checks whether all the links and buttons are clickable, a text is readable and contents are adjustable in a way that users don’t have to zoom in to read. The changes you need to make are figured out and displayed after the test is executed.
? Use a Single Website and make sure it is Scalable
Scalability is an important feature when it comes to a responsive website. While designing, you have to keep in mind that the screen of a mobile is smaller than a desktop. The elements should be arranged in a way that the user does not face any problem while exploring the site.
? At last, don’t forget to take feedbacks from users. Add feedback forms into your website. This will help you develop a website according to the demands of the end user which is crucial in the long run.