By: Lucie Kruger
Author Bio: Lucie is a technical writer for Mobiers ltd, which is the leading Android app development company. She provides concrete information on latest technologies like iOS, Android mobile application development.
The Terrain From Desktops To Mobile Is A Rough One
Why the Terrain from Desktops to Mobile Is Typical For Web Designers
Mobile platforms are ruling the roost and it is hardly a surprise that more and businesses are taking the mobile route to connect to a wider band of audience. While there are those that successfully take the leap from a desktop-centric website to a seamlessly mobile-friendly one, more often than not, the challenges prove to be too insurmountable.
Creating websites for mobiles is still an endeavour approached with uncertainty since there are way too many dynamics to take into account:
With Smartphones and the devices of the same likes, there are a truckload of restraints to contend with. And the smaller screen sizes is just one of them. To begin with, these devices have far lesser memory than their desktop counterparts, not to mention their comparatively smaller processing speed and power. You also have to take into account that the navigational links that seem seamless on desktops are a pain to switch from one page to the other via a mobile device.
Also, it has been observed that despite the mobile connections being relatively weaker, the patience of the mobile web users runs thinner than that of the desktop web users. So, you need to be sure you aren't uploading massively sized images on your website that will eventually take painfully long time to load, especially on the smaller devices.
Tricky Navigational Flow
As iterated before, building a navigational structure for mobiles is abundantly different from building the one for desktops. The mobile environment again throws a lot of constraints at us in this respect and we need to respect those. The designing techniques employed for desktops are not really applicable for Smartphones or tablets and sooner you realise it, better it would serve you.
Managing the space in the mobile interface is a demanding task, and one where there is a minimum margin for error. Also, you need to make it certain that the users reach from point A to point B with minimum number of clicks. As for the CTA buttons, placing them at the top or at the most visible area of the screen in question is another tricky part.
The Sheer Diversity in Platforms
There is not just one mobile platform! Contrary to the desktop platforms where MAC, Windows more or less respond to different designs in a similar fashion, the suite of operating system for mobile phones end up making the situation all the more messier.
Android in its own right tosses at you an array of screen resolutions and densities and it is extremely hard to keep up with. And then you have iOS, BlackBerry, Windows and a bunch others to deal with.
You might create a design for an Android phone, expecting it would work much the same way on other platforms, and you might as well be in for a rude surprise. What looks most sleek on Android may appear incoherent on iOS. And this pretty much runs throughout the range of devices you can stumble upon in the market. It won't be an overstatement to suggest that the diversity in platforms is the biggest challenge for any designer or developer.
The Designing Trends are Too Unsteady
The designing trends dictate which direction a company should take while charting out a designing plan or creating a roadmap. And this is where the unpredictability sneaks in. this unpredictability further elevates when it comes to mobiles. Because the trends on the more conventional platforms are already going through a rapid transformation, it becomes all the more difficult to keep up when you are designing for the mobiles.
While the average practice would suggest that you stay with the current flavour of the season, which is flat designs. Not only are the flat designs in vogue, they are most perfectly suited to the mobile environment since they are characterised by small page sizes and straightforward designing elements. There are lesser chances of incompatibility across the different mobile platforms.
All said, we also have websites these days that are taking the leap to have flashy designs, and yet retain compatibility with different mobile OS platforms. These websites are also making a lot of impact and inviting many footfalls. So, which way should you go? The answer to the question is surely not an easy one.
So, with all things considered, it would be safe to say that one is in a bit of quandary when it comes to this transition. Lately, there have also been questions raised on whether one should opt for responsive websites, or instead go for separate mobile versions. The logic behind opting for mobile websites instead is that the responsive websites have a lot of script that is not needed when accessing the site on mobile phones. So, they only end up increasing the load time. With questions galore, the best approach to moving forward and taking a conclusive decision is to consult the experts.
Have you encountered such challenges yourself. Do enlighten us in the comment sections below.