It’s 2018 and almost all modern websites are responsive. A responsive website simply means that websites are suitable for any screen size or scale to the screen you are viewing the website on. Whether it’s a laptop screen, desktop, tablet or a smart phone – it should look good. But is it enough? Are the right choices being made to show your website perfectly on every screen?

To make a website suitable for every screen size, a number of things are important, such as speed and usability. To load websites faster, elements are often left out of responsive websites. Is this the case with your website? Which elements have been omitted? Do the visitors still understand the hierarchy and structure of your website or have they got lost? Are all important pages still accessible quickly and easily via the menu? The user-friendliness of a website should never be lost when trimming down a website to make it responsive.

Structure and navigation

Most websites have a mennu on computer screens where all main pages are visible at a quick glance. These are usually the most important pages of your website. It is therfore not entirely unimportant that your visioprs can always navigate easily and quickly. On smaller screens, such as tablets and smartphones, there is not always room to show all main pages directly on the screen.

The Burger Menu

The solution to all these problems? A burger menu! No, not the one you find in your local restaurant. A burger menu is an ideal, space-saving solution, but at the same time it’s a dangerous one. Is it applied the right way on your website? It must be clear to visitors that it is a drop-down menu. All main pages must be in that menu, but sub-pages are often omitted on smaller screens, but that’s for you to decide what is important on your website. As soon as a visitor arrives on a follow-up page, it must still be clear on which part of the website it is located. A good example of this would be breadcrumbs, which make things much easier for visitors. It also ensures that a visitor can easily navigate back to the previous page.

Layout of pages

The strcuture of the menu is not hte only important thing to look ouut for when make a website responsive. The layout of pages shoiuld not be forgotten. I am not only talking about the choice of font and it’s size, but also about the design of buttons and interactive elements.

Touch-device optimization

It’s important the mobile website still shows key information that is on a desktop website. Content that first stood next to each other is now, for example, underneath each other.. Of course, there are many more visual and technical adjustments and optimisations to make, but the content will largely be the same. Something that needs to be carefully considered is that the user is sitting on a touch device with the screen being operated by their finger.

The beautiful visual effects that are used when on a desktop may not suit a mobile device. It is annoying for a mobile user to see all sorts of movements, animations and effects when simply scrolling down the page. If something is happening and the user has no idea why, or what for – it’s not good.

Conclusion

Just because you have a good website on a desktop, doesn’t mean it’ll be as good on a mobile or tablet. Some features of a website can work on one device, but not another. It’s important to determine what will, and will not suit a mobile or tablet user.

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