You have already seen this in many responsive websites, from a certain resolution the menu items hide and the icon appears
But have you ever thought of the exact reason(s) behind it ? Why it’s used & what are the benefits ? No or Yes ?
Obviously you have seen this because in modern days when we give so much importance on responsive website(s) then it’s an obvious choice for showing all navigation menus across the site using these beautiful & sleek mobile menu icons, from a specific resolution.
You must have got what actually I am trying to say. If you are still not getting it then have a look on the picture above and apart from that, here I am elaborating it in a bit more detailed way. Just have a read.
In these days, responsiveness is one of the mandatory requirements for any website. Google also recommends this for better ranking in search engine and for search friendliness.
So by keeping this thing in mind, now a days making a site mobile responsive has become primary objective, not only the objective but one kind of necessity.
When you will check a complete responsive site in any of your mobile devices then you will found that in mobile resolution the site’s menu(s) are transforming into a sleek icon and clicking on that icon the menu items are coming up either through a nice drop down or via sliding from a particular side.
Now I hope you are getting the point. Right ?
So have you ever thought that why is it? Why we can’t show the entire menu just like as its shown in the desktops or laptops screen resolution ?
We can and no one is stopping us for that. Even, in some sites you will find the exact scenario like this, means in mobile resolution also they are showing the complete menu as desktop resolution.
But it’s not the best practice, you should always follow the best practice.
So, in this article I am going to show you how a mobile navigation menu icon can give benefits which you will never get from normal menu in different mobile devices like smartphones or tabs.
Gives semantic benefit
What is the semantic benefit ? Semantic benefit means how you are so easily relating to it. This type of mobile menu icons are so popular that when any body finds any of the icons like these then he/ she gets an idea regarding what resides underneath it.
So if you use this type of icon for the navigation menu(s) in your website then it will give a clear idea to your site’s visitors, so semantically it gives an edge/ benefit.
Makes UI in mobile device clutter free
It’s another benefit, because using a sleek mobile menu icon instead of showing complete menu in mobile resolutions, makes the entire UI more clean & clutter free.
Because if you display all the menu items in small resolution also then with all those menu items the UI will look very clumsy and we all know UI matters.
Gives more space to the main content
As we are talking about mobile resolution, so the space is limited in any mobile device. So in those resolutions your main motto should be how you can utilise that space effectively to showcase all required content efficiently.
So using this type of mobile menu icons save lots of space which you can use for the main content.
For multiple purposes you can use it
Let’s say in your site you have multiple menus like main navigation menu in header, footer menu, social menu etc. for different purposes in different places.
Now imagine in small devices resolution if you show all these menu as it is in desktop resolution how will it look like ? But instead of this, if you replace all the menus with mobile menu icons then how much beneficial will it be from different aspect.
So one type of icon you can use for different purposes. What do you think ?
Aesthetically it gives an edge
From design point of view or aesthetically it’s also beneficial. Let’s say you have a normal navigation menu for desktop or laptop resolution, when you see the same website in any mobile devices and if you find a beautiful icon and clicking on that, the navigation menu will come with nice animated effect then it attracts users.
So automatically these kind of thing appeal the visitors and visually makes your site more superior.
I hope you got my points regarding why you should try it, if you haven’t already. Here in this article I have stated all the benefits from my point of view but if you want to add anything more with it then please give your suggestions or thoughts on this, in the comment section. I am eager to listen your ideas & experiences.