Avoid these Responsive Design Mistakes at All Costs
January 5, 2017
Responsive web design has become an integral part of website design and hence, companies are nowadays leaning heavily towards this revenue enabling technology. But it is also true that every responsive site is not made articulately and perfectly. This is partly due to some glaring mistakes from developers during the implementation. If you too are interested to check out – what these misses might be, we have compiled these in one interesting blog for you
- Focus on screens instead of devices: In this digital-driven era, markets are crammed with numerous mobile devices. According to the survey report, you may find more than 24,000 Android phones in the retail stores. It would be a prudent decision for you if you focus on the screen sizes (small screen, mid-range, large, extra-large) instead of focusing on various types of devices (Wearable, phones, tablets, desktops). So, we can conclude that using a screen size instead of device classification for a responsive design is very important.
- Using the only device sizes as breakpoints: Whenever new devices are launched in the market; new display sizes will automatically engrave their place into the design landscape. So, if you only practice the current device sizes as breakpoints, then certainly your website can’t be accustomed to these newly launched screens. To meet this challenge, you should create such a web design that scales to all screen sizes available today and can also manage with the upcoming devices.
- Need to consider large screen also: Though maximum traffic comes various from mobile devices, 42% of traffic comes from desktop visitors. So, while going for responsive web design you should focus on both small and larger screen if you want to grab more traffic for your website.
- Hiding content: In earlier days, designers are preferred to hide some contents in mobile devices because they thought that mobile users are in the hurry on mobile devices, and hence, they might read the full content. But later when visitors used desktops and went to the same website, then they find more content which was missing with mobile devices. So, it is advisable that you keep the same content for both mobile and desktop devices.
- Linking with non-responsive sites: A website will become more powerful if it is linked with other sites. If you are trying to link your responsive site with other non-responsive and non-friendlier site, then you will certainly lose some potential customers. So, you should try to link your responsive site with other responsive sites.
- Ignoring performance: While you are creating a responsive site, you must be optimized it so that it can load fast regardless of the device or internet connection. Because visitors are generally addicted towards those sites which load quickly so that they can manage it comfortably. If required, you use minimal images and you may also slim down the entire number of HTTP requests so that your site opens quickly.
- Insisting on consistent navigation: It is true that diverse screen sizes and devices require different types of site navigation. If you use same consistency across the different layouts of a responsive situation, then you will do a big mistake. While developing a responsive navigation some points like colour treatment, typefaces, link will remain uniform but on the other hand, button size, the visual layout should not remain consistent as they vary with screen sizes.
- Improper designing of touch function: While designing responsive website, designers often fail to design the touch function properly. For small devices, touch function is placed at the lower left corner, while for tablets, the top corners are the prime position for touch function. While designing a responsive site, a designer needs to remember all this information.
- Forgetting to test the design: Before making your site public, you should do usability tests for responsive sites with real users on real devices so that you can fix various UX issues.
So, if you go through the above-mentioned points, then you will certainly avoid those mistakes while designing a responsive website.