4 Methods for Optimizing Your Forms for mobile devices
- November 21, 2016
- Mobile Application
Mobile device manufacturers are constantly releasing new devices every week with each of them having something unique or advanced features that separate it from its previous models. And every kid or adult on the block is now carrying a mobile device in their pockets which define the need of such technology in our daily lives.
According to 2015 survey, that in the US, 89% of adults have a mobile device, while another report by a mobile development firm in Dallas says that in coming years 1.7 billion people in the US alone will be owning a smartphone. Well, these numbers tell how mobile devices have crossed the border from being a luxury to becoming a basic necessity for us.
The evolution of smartphones didn’t just make online shopping easy, it also became a welcome addition to online shopping industry where entrepreneurs went busy tending to their online stores and realized the importance of mobile devices in reaching their customers.
Forms are really important in online shopping as they became a staple element in mobile platforms. Users find these forms when they are checking out and the website ask them to provide certain details, like shipping name, number, address, and credit card information. However, users find these forms tedious and can cause customer’s interest to wane.
So, below I have listed 4 ways you can speed up the performance of customer’s mobile transactions and make their online shopping experience satisfactory.
- Include only the important details: For customers to have a convenient mobile shopping experience, make a simple yet complete order form. Ask only the important details like full name, phone number, email address, credit card information, and shipping details.
- Make use of drop-down menus and lists: Make drop-down menus and lists to tie up details of major products, and group specific items into categories.
- Help customers track their progress: Add a progress bar on the top corner of your form which determines their progress by percentage, or a simple chronology. But keep a limit on these steps to save your customer’s time.
- Make the form load fast: The fact that form is now visible to your customer tell that they are ready to shop, so keep in mind to not disappoint them with slow-loading pages. Don’t add big images which can slow the page down or any element that has weight over the page.
The variety of tablets and mobile devices and their interfaces can make you tailoring forms for each one of them a bit hectic, so you must conduct tests of your forms over different mobile devices and operating systems while keeping in mind the sizes and browsers of that particular device. By testing, you can cover each all elements and make sure that your form works on all available devices.
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