PCs and laptops are slowly hitting the shelves. They are being replaced by lightweight and user-friendly tablets. People can do anything they want, from browsing to video conferencing without lugging around heavy laptops. With their stylish design, efficient performance and strong battery life, tablets have become a favorite to many. Since the tablet market is consistently increasing, it has become necessary to design tablet-friendly websites. Here are few tips to consider while developing a tablet friendly website.
Do not use Flash:
Flash is a bad idea if you want to develop a tablet friendly website. Many tablets including iPad are not Flash compatible. Flash makes websites heavy and tablet users have to download extra plug-ins to view the content. This is the key reason for developers to avoid any Flash related programs as well as Microsoft Silverlight. You can use HTML 5 (offers the same functionality) or CSS (offer myriad style sheets) for your tablet friendly website instead of Flash. Try to develop websites that are not too heavy and take time to load. Easy designs and simple interface are excellent ideas for a tablet friendly website.
Creating easy-to-use contact forms:
Contact forms are important for any website. Ensure you create easy-to-use contact forms. Check the functionality and design a tablet before your website goes online. Create an interactive and at the same time an attractive, user-friendly contact form for any platform.
Keep in mind the touch-screen factor:
Tablets are completely touch-screen and come without mouse. Design a website that is easy to navigate without mouse. Create large navigation panels so the tablet users are able to navigate smoothly. Navigational buttons on the website should not be too small which frustrates the PC/laptop users or too large to just fill the web page with just buttons! Choose a size optimum for all devices.
Cut down ‘drop-down’ menus:
Drop-down menus are not ideal choices for touch-screens. If you still want to have drop down menus, you can have arrows to show users there is a drop down for the particular menu. Showcasing sub pages can be an excellent substitute for drop down menus.
Offer ‘mode’ options:
Tablets offer myriad choices for users. One of the choices is to view pages in portrait or landscape. When you design a website, give options to view in more than one mode to create a tablet friendly website. Try different views of the website on a tablet. See how it looks on various modes and make changes accordingly.
Make precise folds:
Many tablet users look into website folds to gauge the authenticity of the website before accessing them. A few folds are too ordinary that users just skip without accessing the website. If you are unaware about folds, learn about them or consult professional developers to create attractive folds to increase the traffic.
These are few tips you can follow to develop websites compatible to tablets. However, the most important tip is checking your website on various tablets to see how it appears. Keep it simple and creative to have a compatible website on all platforms. Tablet users are not going to spend more than a couple of minutes on a page. They are just going to skim through the content. Develop a crisp website with all the features of your products and services in place. Keep the content to the point. Making a tablet-friendly website gives you an excuse to revamp and improve your online business!
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