It is now considered an essential for all new websites to be built with responsive design. This means all websites should be built capable of handling traffic from a range of different devices, including mobile and tablets from a range of brands.
The neat fits all solution that has been developed for this problem is responsive design, and it essentially involves using a grid based design to adapt proportionately to a given screen size. The advent of this fantastic solution to the relatively new problem of designing websites to work on mobile devices has paved the way for mobile browsing to have overtaken browsing on conventional PC or laptop computers, making mobile website design more important than ever.
In the past few years, an incredible array of new design elements have been created and which have reshaped not just mobile browsing, but the entire internet. We have solutions to using the website with finger and thumb instead of a mouse, solutions to saving space on smaller screen sizes, but also innovations inspired by using a mobile device.
Web sites have begun adopting more friendly icons to meet the needs of our thumbs, and neat features like ghost icons have been developed making websites more user-friendly and more pleasant to look at. A tendency to scroll between pages from left to right as in a book, rather than down through long pages has become more common, with many websites taking the form of slides.
The hidden menus that we now see far and wide which pop in and out of view when needed were developed for saving space when browsing on mobiles and tablets, but so popular and convenient are they that they’ve been adopted for wide use on large name websites.
Mobile website design has also been inspired by the apps that we download onto our devices, creating a new hybrid of website popular with takeaway ordering services, language tools, and a wide range of uses.
For all of these reasons and more, it is not only essential that your website is mobile ready, but it is also crucial that you consider your mobile design as high a priority as your website when accessed on a desktop PC.