The growth of mobile internet is seeing humongous growth since the introduction of smartphones. More than 70% of people use their smartphones to access the internet. HTML 5 is being adopted as a basic standard for designing and developing websites. One of the primary reasons behind this is that HTML 5 enables any web application to be accessed on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Despite a tremendous growth of mobile web, users are often confused regarding the viability of mobile websites. Some popular misconceptions on mobile websites are mentioned below:
- The design paradigm– Most users think that mobile websites are very easy to design since it has to cover a smaller screen area as compared to desktop websites. However, in reality the efforts put in designing mobile website are higher as compared to a conventional desktop website. Mobile web browsers are tricky and if the website contains a lot of content and images, it might load very slowly. For designing a mobile website, one has to consider some major areas such as text and graphics placement, content and user experience.
- Mobile apps can be ported from one platform to another– This is one of the most popular misconceptions amidst people who do not belong to the category of mobile app developers. They often think that if an app is developed for Apple ecosystem, the same can be easily ported to android, blackberry and windows marketplaces. In reality, it is one of the most difficult tasks since Android and iOS apps are codes using completely different platforms.
- Everything can fit on one type of screen– The developers have to put a lot of effort in designing mobile website since it has to work on multiple devices with multiple resolutions. A mobile website must offer the same user experience on a device that hosts 800 x 460 resolutions as it does on the device which offers full HD or 1090 x 1080 resolutions.
- User experience is determined by the type of business– One of the most important things to consider while designing a mobile website is that it must offer a flawless user experience. For example- designing a website that requires the user to register them by navigating on multiple screens can prove a disaster. Therefore it is wiser to design the website based on user requirements.
- Button are used for clicking on mobile websites– While surfing a mobile website, you do not use the physical button for clicking. However, most people still think that this exists. On the contrary, recent smartphones use double tap and pinch to zoom feature for surfing mobile websites.
- Apps and mobile website are same– Mobile website is a desktop website designed to fit on all types of mobile devices. Apps on the other hand are used for retrieving internet based services.
- Mobile website require more graphics– It is another misconception amidst users but in reality mobile website must have less graphics since a graphic rich mobile website will take a lot of time to load and hinder use experience.