In modern era we all are accessing websites from Personal computers, laptops and from handy devices like mobiles and tablets. But have you ever visited same website from laptop and simultaneously from your mobile as well? If yes then was your experience of visit from two mentioned devices was same or not?
With no questions the experience wasn’t same at all when you visited a website from your laptop and the same website as on its mobile version i.e. Experience of visitor varied while visiting web version of a website to that of its mobile version. Often happens either the experience of web version of a website (in most cases) is much better to that of its mobile version to a visitor or vice versa. It happens because of difference in convenience of navigation and user interface lags or the functionality between the web version of a website to that of mobile version of same website.
Designers are constantly working to fill this gap of viewer’s experience that he feels between web version and mobile version of same website, though unfortunately they have not yet achieved any great success towards this approach.
With emergence of smart phones laced with latest powerful processors and GPU, a step ahead is taken by most of popular websites who have launched their mobile application for android and windows smartphones to enhance the experience of their mobile version of website for the users. Following are few best web design techniques implemented by some top companies on their mobile website.
Redefined calendar’s compatible with web version and mobile version
Not every calendar is prepared to perform at platform of websites when visited through personal computers and as well as on mobile version of same website. Hence when a calendar specially made for websites operated through personal computers and laptops is being operated through a mobile it performs at its worst.
Though the performance of same can be enhanced for mobile version with use of java scripts and carousels, later the carousels can be bounded together to provide easy browsing of dates and events simultaneously. This would let the calendar to perform evenly when been accessed through mobiles, laptops or personal computers.
Galleries: Zoom in with a single pinch
Most of us somewhere have surely pinch an image to zoom it to get an enlarge view of same. This pinch to zoom method is also used widely to enlarge the font size at certain websites even though pinch to zoom in content over websites isn’t considered a good example of formatting. At present there are numerous websites that are facilitating their visitors with pinch to zoom technology to enlarge the images at websites at their web version of website along with at the mobile version of website which has proved to be very convenient for viewers or visitors at website.
Availing systematic arrangement of content
For enhancing the experience of visitors at their websites, most of the websites are arranging their content in a systematic manner creating a list of contents with segregated sub heads or list following a certain hierarchy like list following an alphanumeric hierarchy (A to Z). This has also helped the visitors to navigate the website and search relevant content over the website in a much simpler way.
The above mentioned can be done in a new or existing website via use of iscroll.js and double carousel without affecting any other content of page i.e. this technique can be implemented over a website without affecting the content of its webpages.
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Off canvas flyouts
Off canvas flyouts is nothing but the technical name given to the least visited or viewed areas of the pages of website waiting for a tap or swipe from viewers visiting website. In present scenario off-canvas flyouts are considered an important element for mobile version as well as for web version of website to serve purpose of navigation pattern. It is used by many websites at their webpages to hide menus and static contents and now it is also been used for dynamic content as well.
Huge Image Carousels
Huge image carousels are not preferred by most of the designers to implement on mobile versions because of the performance and navigation issues attached to it.
Huge image carousels lacks when it comes to display many objects in a row. Considering an example if many images are to be displayed in a row over a website it won’t be possible to use an image carousel as image size would be as large as device screen and hence arranging many of images in a row would not work.
Even when running on mobile it might lead to crash mobile browser in try open many such elements on webpage. Hence, optimization of image carousels size is needed at most to overcome the issue of low performance.
Navigation is second issue attached to huge image carousels as if there are numerous or many images arranged over a webpage in carousels size then its navigation would be a lot difficult and inconvenient for the viewer or visitor. Not only it would consume lots of time to navigate through all images present over webpage it would also lead to making webpage heavier in size leading to consumption of websites space and visitors internet data.
This issue can be overcome to an extent by creating a grid view from carousel HTML by making changes at the image sources and CSS.
Have you implemented any of these Advanced mobile web design techniques for your website?