Let’s explore how Justinmind’s dynamic panels can help you to build interactive prototypes of great dynamic websites or apps.
With Justinmind, you can create dynamic and interactive web and mobile prototypes without the use of any code, and use and test them on multiple devices. Let’s face it, Static web design is dead and Dynamic is on the up. And as the Now generation, we require things to happen more quickly and in the most efficient way possible — in response, we’re seeing dynamic content on the rise.
One of Justinmind’s most useful widgets is the dynamic panel. This is an advanced, pre-built widget that can contain several different ‘states’ or views based on the user’s interaction with it, while acting as a container of other widgets in your interactive wireframes and prototypes.
Engage the user from the get-go
They say that the first impressions are the most lasting when we meet people, so why would it be any different online? An effective and efficient landing page is focused, to-the-point and displays your business in clear and concise terms. The content should mirror how you would describe your business to a customer. Some of the most successful landings capture the visitor with just the headline alone — so choose the right message and display it correctly.
Some people say that pop ups don’t jive well with landing pages. Well, yes and no. Indeed, they have a terrible reputation, and yes, when used poorly they can result in a rather ‘bumpy landing’. Nevertheless, pop ups can provide a strong call-to-action on the landing page if used correctly. In fact, they can grow your brand and help to increase your site’s conversion rates dramatically. A well-timed pop up puts an engagement opportunity front and center on the site — you’ll increase user engagement and be flying high!
With Justinmind’s dynamic panels, you can build elegant dialogs and pop ups for your landing page mockups in no time. By combining a dynamic panel with a couple of widgets and events, you’ve got yourself a simple dialog box. To increase user participation, you can also create animated and modal dialog boxes that will require the user to interact with them before returning to the parent application. Additionally, Justinmind’s interactive thumbnails can be used to enlarge images and graphics, when you hover on them. They’re particularly useful when trying to introduce a message or to make a blog more memorable — more often than not, thumbnails are the first feature that the user will encounter.
Personalization is key
Driving traffic is an ongoing struggle, especially with the growing variation of user needs and requirements. People change. Not only are we hard wired to move with the times, but we also have our own, unique preferences. We access content on multiple devices, from a number of different channels. And, perhaps most importantly, our experiences, needs and interests change as the companies, that we support and follow, grow. So why would we respond to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ marketing strategy? There’s a reason why not all websites and apps are created equal.
When you provide a personalized user experience, the visitor’s journey through your website or app is likely going to last longer: they’ll download more offers, and ultimately purchase more products. By personalizing your website or mobile app to meet user expectations, you’re building a relationship with your users.
Here at Justinmind, we understand the importance of personalization. With our tool, you can create custom web and mobile app wireframes and prototypes that allow you to target specific audiences. One of the many ways that you can personalize your prototype is through designing carousels. People respond to visual content, and by building a carousel with Justinmind’s dynamic panels, you can promote products using high quality images. You’ll be able to upload photos, then customize the titles, descriptions and buttons. You can even select the speed at which the carousel rotates between images. With Justinmind, you can also simulate a slideshow that, when used appropriately, can make content easier to digest. Additionally, by turning a dynamic panel into a scrolling area, you can simulate scroll bars and scroll between fixed bars to optimize use of different device screen sizes with scrolling — did someone say responsive? And remember, it’s all point and click — no coding required.
Encourage user participation with intuitive design
Whilst some users like to sit back and soak up content, many others prefer to get involved — to interact, to participate, and generally get stuck in! User participation and feedback is essential to understanding how to cultivate intuitive design. Design is intuitive when users can focus on their digital journey without being stopped even for a second along the way. No one wants to be hounded into signing up for something that they aren’t interested in, or, indeed, that they have already signed up for — so don’t steal the focus from the user! By listening to your users and understanding what they need from intuitive design, you’ll be able to direct the right people to the right task, and thus create an enjoyable and useful user experience for all users.
Justinmind’s dynamic panels can be used as a tool to design smart pages and create smart(er) content. Dynamic panels can display data and status information, receive user input, and allow complete control over content and calls to action to create clean, organized and unique designs. You can design nicely encapsulated dynamic forms to capture user information, and display dynamic content that adapts to the patterns of behavior that each user exhibits. By using Justinmind’s radio buttons and dynamic panels, you can enable or disable portions of input forms. Additionally, you can make navigation more accessible with panels and custom mega menus. Mega menus can help users to visually compare their choices, emphasize relationships among items, and use illustrations to make displays clearer and easier to navigate.
Create links within your digital story
Oh how times have changed! Whilst static was once useful to create multiple paged sites, it’s since become obsolete as you can now include internal linking and relevant cross linking with dynamic. Internal links are hyperlinks that target the same domain as the domain that the link exists on. They’re great because they allow users to navigate a website, help to establish information hierarchy for the given website and spread ranking power around websites.
Unlike with static content, you can change dynamic content without having to switch screens. With Justinmind, you can use accordions to provide multiple panes and display them one at a time, through expanding and collapsing behavior. You can also add breadcrumb navigation to your prototypes, in order to keep track of your current location within a website or app, and link back to the parent pages of the current one, or to each previous page the user navigated through to get to their current location.
Stay up to date
To keep your visitors engaged and interested in your website or app, you need to ensure that the information and images are up-to-date. Regular updates are important to maintain a fresh and informative website and to drive engagement. In an ideal world, content would be updated each time a user returns to the site, as it can improve sales without the user being distracted or turned off by information they can’t relate to. Luckily, as each part of a web page is separate in a dynamic website, it is much easier to update something across many pages, all at once.
Justinmind provides you with the necessary tools to easily maintain and update content within your prototypes. You can define complex interactions with the help of conditions and variables. Conditions can be set up for any given event interaction to split and organize the execution of an interaction into different “conditional blocks” and decide when to perform one action or another. You can also design the navigation flow of your interactive prototypes, using variables, to define what will be shown in the next screen based on the screen the user visited previously.