3 Common Responsive Design Mistakes

Apr 13, 2015

A demand that needs to be met by any website owner is to have their site responsive. From stores, to blogs, having a responsive site is much easier to manage and it meets every users requirements when views on devices of different screen sizes. As it’s functions served many websites well, responsive designed websites are now noticed as a ‘must have’ for a successful website.

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With it’s rising usage comes an increase of mistakes too. This is a list of mistakes to avoid when you are getting started to turn your site into a responsive one.

Starting with a desktop version

The misconception that design should begin with a bigger screen and work downwards from there needs to be re-evaluated by e-commerce merchants. It is much easier to start the design for a smaller screen and scale it upwards. There are multiple common technical challanges involved when scaling a site’s design down.

The focus should always be on smaller screens. Designers should always think mobile first for a better user experience. Furthermore, it is easier to resolve the first sign of problems if it’s on a smaller screen.

Ignoring the touch screen experience

Touchscreen technology is big amongst a large number of online shoppers, as well as most devices are now touch screens. Navigation through your website is done through a visitor’s fingers. Having to zoom in and press their desired button is frustrating. This extra effort a user has to put in could be the reason for a high bounce rate or lack of sales made. No matter the screen size of a touch screen, your site’s buttons should be able to be pressed without difficulty or error.

Too much clutter

In some ways relatable to the above mentioned, if your site is unorganized, lack of flow and too many optioned squeezed into a screen it makes it very difficult to scroll your site. An obvious fact is, having more things on a screen would result in every individual option on would have to be made smaller. This can be disruptive and an unfriendly user experience.

Too many options especially on a landing page on a small screen could interfere with the load time making it difficult for users to take quick action.