Creating Facebook apps is one of the most preferred options for app developers. Though, more apps are coming out everyday but most developers underestimate the importance of ‘user friendliness’ in the apps.
Facebook app design should be such that users should easily use and navigate across the app pages. I’ve seen apps with great designs but lacking interface for users.
Here are some tips on making a Facebook app user friendly,
- Lightweight yet attractive design – Facebook app design must be catchy with smooth colours. Colours should look good and design should be soothing to eyes. Some good colours could be whitesmoke, grey, dark-blue and so on. Be precise in choosing background colour as well. Avoid hard colours like red or black until your app is of that sort.
- Nothing too fancy in header portion – Most apps have ads or other unwanted suff in the header section. This is good from income point of view but not good when it comes to pleasing your app users.
- Bug free – That’s an obvious one. Regularly check if your app is working fine or not. Also put a link in your app for user to report problems.
- Conventional way of aligning divs – This is done while coding Facebook app. Put app content on left and everything else on right side. Don’t flex too much with the interface that people usually come across in most websites. If you do then some users might face problems while using the app.
- A user friendly app should have easy navigation if tabs/menus are present. If your app is having menus and sub-menus, make sure they are positioned and aligned correctly at the top.
- Suitable good fonts – Use attractive fonts. Rather than loading any fancy fonts, its better to use fonts like Tahoma, Verdana that are available on every computer. They are attractive too.
- Browser compatibility – Make sure the app runs correctly on every browser. Do compatibility checks before putting it live on Facebook. Be precise in using CSS3 and HTML5 syntax as older browsers don’t support them.
In a nutshell, an app should be lightweight; interface should be easy to work; error-free and works same across different browsers. There should be a fine balance between design and performance.