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By allysa on August 23, 2018
Mobile friendly websites are now becoming important more than ever. We’ve heard it so many times, optimize your website for mobile devices or risk losing out on a big chunk of mobile traffic. With Google’s mobilegeddon update, the effects are even more prominent as mobile search now takes mobile-friendliness of a website as a ranking factor.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of this advice and you have not optimised your website for mobile devices yet, fret not, we’ve written an article on how to make your website mobile friendly.
To inspire you with the best mobile websites design, here’s a list of 20 beautiful mobile-friendly websites.
Tesla has been at the forefront of the automotive industry (IMO) and it’s good to know that their website doesn’t suggest otherwise.
Alexa Ranking: 3,381
Bloomberg is synonymous to business and you would probably expect a boring and conventional website from them. However, their recently redesigned and revamped website is beautiful yet practical.
Other striking colors are also used throughout the website to differentiate news from different categories. Overall great use of colors.
Alexa Ranking: 275
MailChimp is a company that provides email marketing service. One of the reasons for its success is its great design across all it’s website and email templates.
Options to expand a card to know more about each feature is a really good idea especially on mobile-devices where pixel space are limited. UI/UX plays a role is SEO too so that has to be considered.
Alexa Ranking: 296
Microsoft is the giant when it comes to computers. They are the largest software manufacturers and it’s fair to say that they’ve put a lot of thought into user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). Their flat design and card style layouts from their software are imported into their web design as shown below.
Microsoft was one of the big tech company that started this trend and now nearly everyone is doing the same. The reason why flat design and card styled layouts are so popular is that it is better on the small screens.
Alexa Ranking: 38
Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for design inspiration. You will also find very useful tutorials here for the most used applications, with a special selection of Photoshop and Illustrator Tutorials.
Alexa Ranking: 12,673
In case you do not have a dictionary app on your phone and you need to look up the meaning of a difficult word, there are many websites you could go to, such as Merriam-webster, Collins or Cambridge dictionary. However, my recommendation would be the Oxford dictionary just because it is slightly better designed for mobile devices.
There’s even a language test where you can test your English proficiency and work your brain a little. These are great ways to keep your audiences on your page and improve your SEO score.
Alexa Ranking: 3,067
When it comes to design, Nike never fails to impress.
One thing that is unique from Nike’s website is, to fit in two shoe picture in one row, they flipped the photos of their shoes vertically so that they fit better in the narrow space of a mobile-screen, which is innovative.
Alexa Ranking: 570
Threadless is a crowdsourced graphic tee store. All its T-shirt designs are crowdsourced and picked by the public. Designs with the best scores voted by public will be printed and sold.
Voting and scoring designs are really easy with their endless scrolling voting page. You can easily lose track of time scoring designs after designs.
Alexa Ranking: 14,745
Most game websites have over the top graphics and flashy animations on their landing pages, those are great on the desktop but not so much on mobile devices. Animated pictures are heavy in file size and are not easily scaled which is why they are not suitable for mobile-devices.
The Featured Pokemon section is easy to navigate as you can slide each card horizontally to reveal other Pokemons.
Alexa Ranking: 7,903
Weight Watchers is a company that offers various products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance.
Alexa Ranking: 4,143
Apartment therapy is an interior design magazine.
Their choice of using a serif font is also a great one as it complements well with the entire design and makes the website look classy.
Alexa Ranking: 2,119
Lego is the most popular toy in the world that is enjoyed by both kids and adults. Having two ends of age groups as their target audience, they have to strike a balance in appealing to both.
Alexa Ranking: 1,289
Fast Company is that talks about business, design, ideas, and even cultures. They inspire new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business.
The font used for the headlines are thinner compared to the desktop version, also, the headlines are only capitalized on the first letter of every word instead of every word in the desktop version. These tweaks for their mobile website enable more words to fit in each line and greatly reduce the space needed while keeping the website look neat.
Alexa Ranking: 2,533
Everyone knows MTV love to use vibrant and psychedelic colors that resonate with their brand. Fortunately, these colors are kept to a minimum for good measure.
Alexa Ranking: 4,143
Mashable is a news source for younger crowds and as you can see, their headlines and design are worked towards appealing to their target audience.
The endless scrolling means you can browse news after news stay on the page for longer than you should.
Alexa Ranking: 278
Airbnb is a website that allows people to list, find and rent lodging. The founders of Airbnb are design graduates, and from the looks of their website, it is obvious that they have put a lot of emphasis on UI and UX.
Alexa Ranking: 455
Popular Science is a monthly magazine for science and technology related topics. Their website is a great example of good mobile-friendly web design.
Alexa Ranking: 5,197
Etsy is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.
Alexa Ranking: 144
Society6 is a peer-to-peer shop for artistes to sell their artwork.
Alexa Ranking: 4,492
Strava is like a social network for runners and cyclist where they can log in where they’ve run or cycled.
Alexa Ranking: 1,441
Do let me know if you have any better mobile website design.
Updated: 11 December 2019