Use of smartphones has increased considerably in recent years and people are using them for everything, right from browsing websites to making online purchases. As such it is important to have a responsive web site which works perfectly over mobile devices. To achieve this target your web design company needs to be aware of certain mistakes designers commonly make so that they can avoid them while working on your site. Let us go through what these mistakes are.
Tips on How to Avoid Responsive Design Mistakes
Mistake #1: Overuse of Resources
Mistake #2: Incorrect Design of Touch Targets
Mistake #3: Slow Loading Pages
Mistake #4: Large Photographs and Images
Overuse of Resources
Designers need to keep note of the fact that higher utilization of resources tends to slow down a website. As such your web design company should ensure that only important resources are included on your site. One option to contemplate is optimization of resources such as JS and CSS using different tools (like compression of CSS with the help of SASS).
Incorrect Design of Touch Targets
On responsive websites it is necessary to optimize available space intelligently and ensure that visitors browsing the site are able to easily tap on touch targets. Thus, your web design company needs to make sure that these targets have a size of at least 44 pixels. In addition to it, designers need to check that there is enough space around all the design elements so that visitors get better viewing experience. Thus, a minimum space of eight pixels should be kept around design elements on your mobile friendly website.
Slow Loading Pages
Speed is an important consideration for people browsing a site over a mobile device and as such your web design company should do everything possible to make the site load quickly. This task can be achieved by reducing reliance on images and using HTML5 and CSS3 instead. As for instance “canvas” element present in HTML5 can reduce the need to use images. Likewise, new features in CSS3 allow designers to include features like gradients and rounded corners which means they can reduce their dependence on images for these tasks. If less number of images are used on the site then it will definitely help to reduce time it takes for your site to load.
Large Photographs and Images
In case images are not optimized then they can slow down your site and hamper user experience you are able to provide to your visitors. The solution lies in proper optimization of images so as to reduce size. Your web design company should also look into WebP format which can help in reduction of size even further. However, designers need to keep fallback photographs and images in case certain browsers haven’t implemented support for this format.
A Final Note
As we can see there are certain mistakes which can have detrimental effect on performance of your site and may well distract visitors. By having knowledge of these mistakes, designers can avoid making them and create better performing responsive web sites.