Going Mobile with DIY Web Design
There are plenty of services out there that can help you to create your own website even if you’re not an expert programmer. They use simple drag-and-drop tools and have plug-ins to set up so that you can add all sorts of interesting features to your site automatically. One thing most of them won’t help you with, is going mobile.
As more and more people start using smartphones and tablets to access the internet throughout the day, it’s important for your site to keep up. These users are less likely to be just browsing and more likely to be looking specifically for the information you’ve got and so your goal should be to make that information easy to find.
However, setting up an ideal mobile site is a lot of work that requires a completely different design than the one you may already have laid out. If you’re using a DIY web design service then chances are good that it’s because you want to do things quickly and easily and so creating a mobile site isn’t really an option.
Instead, there are ways to make your regular website friendlier to mobile users and many of them will also help your desktop users. First of all, keep your content brief. The longer the blocks of text, the more people will have to scroll around to find it all if they’re using a screen that is only a few inches across. Instead, use short sentences in list form. Ideally with bullet points which can help to graphically organize your message.
Don’t be afraid of open space. Leaving white space around each section of text makes it easier to follow and harder for your users to accidentally click on buttons they didn’t mean to click on. It is harder to judge where you’re clicking when you’re using your finger instead of a tiny curser. In fact, try to avoid text links altogether. Instead, make buttons large and clear and well differentiated from other elements of your design. On the other hand, the fewer additional images you add, the better. These not only clutter your page but can make it load more slowly and on-the-go users are often impatient.