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Tips for Designing a Successful Mobile Web Site

Part of the Mobile Web Design For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As you begin thinking about how best to design the mobile version (or versions) of your Web site, consider the unique challenges of the mobile Web. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind as you design sites for the mobile Web:

  • Make sure your design fits on small screens.

  • Limit images and text so pages load quickly even at slow connections speeds.

  • Create links and other navigation options that are easy to click on with a (fat) finger, stylus, or other limited input options.

  • Your visitors have an urgent need for information. Many people turn to the mobile Web because they have to. Your visitors may be lost, late, or really need to know who won the super bowl in 1987 to win a bar bet.

  • Time and place matter. Don’t forget that your users have access to more than just your Web site and that their actions are likely to be affected by where they are, what time of day it, and even whether it’s raining.

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