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Do responsive sites have to be so tall on mobile?

Height is often overlooked in responsive design. On mobile, pages can get pretty long. Should we address this?

When designing responsive sites, we tend to focus a lot on keeping content nicely formatted within all the various screen widths in the world today. This makes sense given that horizontal scrolling is not particularly user-friendly, so constraining the design to the browser’s viewport width is generally a given.

On smaller screens, stacking things into a single column is the go-to move and often, as long as the content stays within the proper width, further thought isn’t given to the height of the page. As a result, I’ve noticed that in my own designs and many out in the wild, mobile page lengths tend to be quite long. This post is a suggestion to at least keep the height of the browser’s viewport in mind as you’re designing responsive sites.

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