1. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs)
You may know that a typical website or mobile app uses a combination of images and text to get the point across. Although, over the years, these can become very heavy and require a lot of storage space. To save on website load times and mobile app sizes, many businesses have turned to using a content delivery network (CDN) to serve their content. A CDN essentially acts like a content delivery server, which is why it’s called a content delivery network. The role of the CDN is to cache and serve copies of websites and apps from a remote location, thus enabling content to be served faster for subsequent requests. The impact of this is that users experience faster load times and smaller download sizes for mobile apps and websites while reducing business’ data costs.
2. Progressive Web Design (PWD)
If you’re looking to completely overhaul your website or mobile app for the better, you may be interested in exploring progressive web design. A lot has changed in the last 6 years since the world saw the first light of the smartphone. This time around, users have a range of devices, from large screens to small screens, and everything in between. For this reason, it’s important that your website or mobile app serves up a great experience on all devices. When it comes to mobile apps, this can be even more of a challenge. After all, an icon on a small mobile screen may look the same as an icon on a large display, but that doesn’t mean the user will experience the app the same way.
3. Adaptive Cards
Speaking of mobile apps, if you create one for work, you may find yourself in the position of having to test it out on a range of devices. Although, when it comes to testing, you may only have access to a single device. While that may not seem like a problem, having a single screen is never truly representative of the user experience. For this reason, you can use adaptive cards to create a user interface that is suitable for all display sizes.
4. Dark Modes
When we talk about making a website or mobile app suitable for all devices, we normally think about the lightness or darkness of the screen. After all, many devices, especially smartphones, have a light sensor that can detect how much light is around and alter the color and tone of content accordingly. As the screen gets darker, the content automatically adapts and changes color and tone to fit the environment. This is usually something you would want to avoid on a mobile device, as it can make text and icons difficult to read and use. For this reason, you can use dark modes on websites and mobile apps to allow for easy reading whenever and wherever you choose.
5. Voice Search
One of the most significant changes to come about since 2011 is voice search. No longer tied to just the home screen of a device, users can now access information and make purchases with just their voice. In 2019, voice search grew by 63% year-over-year, according to Statista, and that trend is unlikely to reverse itself anytime soon. Not only does voice search save users the effort of searching through long lists of items or pages, but it also saves businesses the effort of having to create content for a specialized screen. When a user finds what they’re looking for using voice search, the results are usually good enough to satisfy their needs. This allows for quick and easy information retrieval, which is essential in today’s ever-evolving world.
These five tips will help you to create a better user experience for your website or mobile app. By ensuring that every element and design choice serves a purpose, you’ll be able to create an interface that is valuable, practical, and suitable for all users, no matter what device they are using.