Web Design Changes with a Shift towards Mobile Devices

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Just a few years ago web designers were altering the way they built websites because displays were getting bigger and they had more space to work with. With that extra space they made more information available to users, and chose more relaxed layouts that were spread out a little farther.

Now, just a few years later, there is another shift in the market towards much smaller screens, and touch screen technology and web designers are forced to adapt again.

Smaller Screens

The most major difference is that many people are browsing the web with smaller screens today, and the number of small screens on the internet is only going to increase as more users pick up tablets instead of computers.

This means that they have to rethink the main resolution for the website altogether. Many designers are trying to accommodate many different screen sizes by creating adaptable websites, but it can be difficult to achieve optimal results at several different screen sizes.

One major change that is occurring to websites is the most important information is being moved higher up on the page, to stay "above the fold" so to speak. When a small device enters a website it only sees a small portion of the page. If you don't have the attention grabbing information in that small section there's a good chance the user is going to move on to a different page.

No More Mice

With all of the touch screen devices that are being used mice are becoming less important each day. This means that designers have to do away with mouseover effects, after all they aren't going to work any longer. As tablets become more popular most websites will drop the effect altogether.

On top of getting rid of mouseover effects, most websites are increasing the size of the buttons that they are using. Small buttons are very difficult to touch with your fingers so many websites are now sporting larger buttons and more sites will follow suit as time goes on.

Flash No More

The last major trend is the removal of major Flash elements from webpages. Both Apple and Microsoft are cutting away support for Flash elements in favor of HTML5 on their mobile devices. That means that Flash reliant sites are going to get much less traffic if they don't change quickly.

As we continue to make the transition to smaller screened mobile devices there are sure to be other changes that are made to website. Although it may seem a little extreme to employ these changes so soon since there is still a large majority of people relying on desktop computers, that number is slowly declining and it makes sense to prepare for the future as soon as possible.

Only a small portion of websites have made all these changes already, but there is sure to be more to follow with the continued decline of desktop computers.