Mobile Web Applications Development – The Why and How Of It?

Mobile Web Development

Nowadays web technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3 are used for designing mobile web applications. HTML5 are used for defining the application user interface (UI), JavaScript helps embed functionality and CSS3 simplifies and enhance the web application design. All these web technologies play a significant role in creating successful web apps for mobile devices. If you’re ruminating about building a mobile web application, there are some remarkably useful HTML5 frameworks that can help address such need quickly and with efficiency.

This post will help you become familiar with some of the best HTML5 frameworks, ideal for building mobile web applications. But, before learning about these frameworks, let’s first understand what is a mobile web app and why you need to utilize HTML5 mobile web framework anyways.

Mobile Web App – A Foreword

A mobile web application, as the name implies, is an app and not any static website. This type of app is designed to look just like a native app, however, it can’t be accessed via an app store. Rather it, can be accessed using any mobile browser.

Understanding the Need to Use HTML5 Mobile Web Frameworks

When creating a mobile web app, you need to focus on a device specific requirements keeping in mind the mobile UX design. Since, the screens of a mobile phone are usually smaller, and so it’s important to design a UX that is easy to navigate and offer seamless execution of web apps. Other than a mobile UX design, you also need to pay due attention to creating a user-friendly UI (user interface) for your application, so that it can be accessed on multiple mobile operating systems.

Using HTML5 web technology, you can create all these default elements for your mobile web application. However, the process can take a lot of your time, especially when you need to build an app from scratch. This is where HTML5 mobile frameworks come in handy.

The HTML5 frameworks out there comes loaded with already designed and useful elements that need to be integrated within mobile apps. And, the best part! Most of the frameworks contain responsive elements that easily adjusts to fit different screen sizes. In essence, you can use the same framework for building apps that work on all of the devices, without writing code repetitively. And thereby helps save a lot of your development time.

In this post I’ll be discussing about some of the most popular HTML5 mobile frameworks.

Framework 7

If you’re interested in building a web app with an iOS native look, then Framework 7 is the right choice for you. It is an open source HTML5 framework that helps in creating iOS apps using HTML, CSS and JS. Creating an app using this HTML framework, is ultra easy, just like creating a standard website. All you need is a simple HTML layout and its CSS and JavaScript files. The best aspect about Framework 7 is that, you don’t need to possess good knowledge of JS to work on it. This HTML framework comes fully-loaded with amazing UI components such as popup, list views, and form elements to name a few. Additionally, it contains some killer features including the popular swipe back gesture, dynamic navigation bar, native scrolling, etc.

The downside to using Framework 7 is that it isn’t compatible with all mobile platforms, and only focus on building iOS apps.

Chocolate Chip UI

This is another great framework that helps in developing mobile web apps, on the basis of three components: semantic HTML, JS and CSS. It also provides complete support for building apps with iOS native look. creating native iOS apps, but can also be used for creating Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8 web applications. Also, you need to have knowledge about JavaScript for using this framework. The best aspect about this framework is that it helps in creating resolution independent application interfaces, which can scale to fit the resolution of the device it is being accessed on.

Chocolate Chip UI is also an open source project, and thus, free to use. It comes packed with 12 widgets like popup, tab bar, multiple lists and more.

Foundation

This is one of the best HTML5 front-end frameworks – ideal for creating responsive web apps. It comes with a command line tool, enabling developers to build mobile web apps in blazing fast speed. Foundation is a mobile-first framework that helps in creating apps for smaller devices first, and then expand them for larger devices. You can easily customize your app, adding or removing any elements the way you want.

This framework is compatible with most of the devices and browsers.

Conclusion

The mobile app development ecosystem is becoming more and more crowded and convoluted space, especially for people who doesn’t have much knowledge about app development. But thanks to the availability of several HTML5 frameworks, developing mobile web applications has become much easier and faster.

About The Author

Rick Brown is a veteran iPhone App Developer for Mobiers Ltd – a leading iOS apps development company. In case, you are willing to dig-out more information about the related services, get in touch with him.

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