10 Mobile Site Best Practices

  • 1. Keep it quick
    Mobile users are often short on time, squeezing in online tasks as they go about their day. To help them, design your site to load fast and make copy easy to scan.
  • 2. Simplify navigation
    No one likes to be confused. Clear navigation and, on large or complex sites,search functionality will help your customers easily find what they need.
  • 3. Be thumb-friendly
    People use their fingers to operate mobile evices— especially their thumbs. Design your site so even large hands can easily interact with it.
  • 4. Design for visibility
    A mobile-friendly site gets its message across without causing eyestrain. Make it easy for your customers to read— remember, they may be in a place with low light.
  • 5. Make it accessible
    Ideally, your mobile site should work across all mobile devices and all handset orientations.
  • 6. Make it easy to convert
    No matter what your site's objective is, your customers need to be able to do it with a virtual keyboard and no mouse. Make it easy to buy something or contact you!
  • 7. Make it local
    Consumers look for local info on their phones all the time—from locating the nearest gas station to finding an open pizza place. Include functionality that helps people find and get to you.
  • 8. Make it seamless
    People now use multiple screens throughout the day. Convert as much of the functionality of your desktop site to mobile as you can to create a seamless experience.
  • 9. Use mobile site redirects
    A mobile site redirect is code that can automatically tell if visitors are using a mobile device and send them to the mobile-friendly version of your site. Have your site developer implement this redirect code so your customers get the best version of your site for their needs.
  • 10. Listen, learn and iterate
    Good mobile sites are user-centric, which means they're built with input from your audience. Ask your desktop site users what they want in a mobile website and make testing and optimization an ongoing process.