7 little changes that’ll make a big difference to your web app

It is true that even a small change can make a big difference in many different ways, you just have to look for the requirement for which the change has to be made. It is always the small changes which help in acquiring big results. The same principle applies for your web application’s usability also. The need for a website in this modern era is growing at a rapid rate and from small businesses to multinational corporations; every business has made sure that it possesses a strong online presence of its business. Sometimes it is the user interface, and sometimes it is simply the fonts and styling which affects the web application the bad way.

The main purpose of having a web application is to provide the user the right set of information about the services provided by your company or anything else. If the user opens your web page and starts feeling frustrated the very next moment, it is probably due to the fact that the user is somehow confused about where to start browsing. Thus, it reduces the usability of your web page and the user will probably will never your website again. So, you have to keep in mind that your web application is well prepped for its target audience. Here in are 7 Little Changes that’ll make a Big Difference with Your Web Application.

1. Appropriate keyboard selection on mobile devices :

This is in general, one of the most important aspects every web application developer should look for. When it comes to filling a form in touch devices, how often have you struggled with the limited keyboard functions. You will end up switching between alphabets and numeric keyboard options until the form is completely filed. Well. It is not a big problem, but surely inconvenient for many users. Thus, the developers to increase the user experience of their web applications must account for every detail of varying input field types. This will save a lot of user’s time and make it easier to type the text fields.

2. Auto-suggest or Auto-complete :

The main goal of developing a web application must be to make the life of user much simpler. The usability of a web application will totally depend on how frequently people visit your website. You can start out by easing their searching options. You can provide suggestions based on their inputs and this way the user will definitely appreciate your web application. That is, if there is stored information in your web application and can be retrieved using few key strokes based on the keywords, let the user scroll down to select the desired keyword rather than typing the whole text or sentence. It is time-saving and reduces spelling mistakes. You can save the user from further frustrating on his/her spelling mistake.

3. Consistency :

Consistency is the fundamental principle of User Interface of every web application that every developer ignores. It is not as that big issue but if considered, can make a big difference with your web application. Creating interfaces with no head and tail will surely confuse the user. The color schemes, navigation elements, and buttons are different for every web application and vary with screen sizes. You can start by placing all your navigation elements in the same order and don’t play with the color scheme. If the action button is red for one screen, then keep it red for the every screen.

4. Context :

Context is another important factor that every web developer must look at. Whenever you visit a website, for instance, let’s take an example of multi screen registration form. It comes with a progress meter. It helps us in completing a transaction or a form with accuracy and without it we would probably stumble around the pages unsure about every click we make. If you have a web application with multipage functionality and you want the user to navigate through the multipage with ease, then you must provide it with proper context so that the user is able to understand where he/she is in the process.

5. Mobile Friendliness :

This is probably the thing that people often skips when they are working on creating a web application. Nowadays, everybody owns a smartphone, and most of the people perform their online transactions via smartphone. Thus, not having a mobile design will affect the growth of your web application as nobody has the time to go to a cyber café or start their computer or laptop to open a web page. If they can do it with a smartphone from anywhere and anytime, then why would he/she wait to start a computer? There are numerous methods to make your web application mobile-friendly, and with the likes of Progressive Web Apps and Accelerated mobile pages, you can create a design which is compatible for both the computer screen and mobile devices.

6. Page Speed :

If you want your web application to be at the top, then the page speed of your web application must be good enough so that it can load all the content including the images of your website properly. The reason it is given a top priority while developing a web application is because it plays a huge role in Google’s user experience. In a survey, when a half-second delay was made on Google’s servers, it directly affected the traffic. There are various factors which affect the page speed of your web application. You can use certain JavaScript code or host your web application on a shared server to increase the response time of your web application. Or you can use Google’s page speed tool for integrating the responsiveness.

7. Styling and Font Selection :

Your web application’s overall usability depends on the font selection, color, spacing and size and yet most of the developers don’t realize its impact, and it often remained an afterthought phenomenon. The text elements in your web application can play a major role in making the user attract towards the application. The user will not waste a second on your web application if the contents of your website are unreadable or confusing. Thus, the contents of your web application must be spaced proportionately, and if you make changes to any single portion, then you must do it in all of them.

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Jignesh Kothia

Director at WebPlanex
Jignesh Kothia, Director at WebPlanex, with a penchant for technology created an organization that helps businesses push up their growth and deliver only the best to its clients. He is proficient in a number of web and mobile app development technologies including PHP, YII, HTML5, Laravel, Rest API, Android, iOS, and many more.
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