Mobile-friendly Web Design: Three Things You Need to Know

Mobile-friendly web design is the practice of designing and building a website that looks great on any device. This includes PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Another word for mobile-friendly is responsive, meaning the website ‘responds’ to the size of the screen it is being viewed on. 

In this blog post we’ll look at three important features of mobile-friendly or responsive web design:

1. Optimising Site Content for Mobile Users

When designing a mobile-friendly website it’s important to remember that when people visit your website via tablet or mobile, they’ll be viewing your content on a smaller screen. With this in mind, it’s important that the content on your website automatically adjust to the size of the screen it’s being viewed on. 

Taking fonts as an example, the size of the header and body text on your website will need to be smaller on tablet and smaller again on mobile. By doing this the written content on your site will remain easy to read – whatever the device.

2. Write With Mobile in Mind

Since we’re all using mobile devices more to access the web, it’s important to make sure your content remains legible across smaller screens. Use short paragraphs and catchy headlines to keep users engaged.

It’s always a good idea to break your text up into short paragraphs and to use headers (H1, H2, H3 and H4 for bonus SEO points). Your content should also be formatted in a way that’s easy to scan read. Using bullet pointed lists or numbered items can help here. 

Always keep in the back of your mind that people use their tablets and mobiles while they’re on the go, so they’re unlikely to spend lots of time reading long articles or big blocks of text. 

3. Developing a Responsive Web Design

When creating a mobile-friendly website you need to use responsive design principles. This involves creating a layout that responds automatically to the size of the device it’s being used on. By creating a responsive website you’ll be making sure your site visitors won’t have to ‘pinch’ or ‘zoom’ to read text or see images on your site. 

A responsive design also needs to have a navigation menu that works well on all screen sizes. This can be done by creating a hamburger menu (three horizontal lines stacked on top of each) that automatically replaces the top navigation menu when the website is viewed on a mobile or tablet.

Need a Mobile-friendly Website for Your Business?

If you’re based in Bristol and are looking for a mobile-friendly website for your business, get in touch with our team of friendly web designers today. Each and every Guidance Digital website is built mobile-friendly straight out of the box.

Speak with our friendly Bristol team today by calling 01173 667 300 or by emailing charlie@guidancedigital.co.uk.