Undoubtedly, the Internet of Things is the biggest innovation in the world of tech. The technology has influenced every online factor, and mostly the way websites are designed.
The rapid alteration in technology has revolutionized the way things are done. Every object around us is embedded with IoT sensors, allowing them to connect to the internet. The collected data is then sent to a cloud server, which allows the manufacturers to perform predictive maintenance and study consumer behaviour. Besides that, IoT enabled devices can be operated through your smartphones until you are connected to the internet.
Let’s not brag much about how the Internet of Things is changing lives. Instead, let’s plunge into the main topic and check out the best design consideration to make your website IoT enabled.
Back End: To easily connect with your IoT devices and enable easy transmission of data, your website should have an IoT enabled backend to ensure strong communication. Since each connected device uses a unique syntax, command, and data, your backend should transmit and receive data to/from each device. It ensures a robust connection and makes your website a powerful central hub.
User Interface: The UI/UX for an IoT enabled website should be intuitive, fast, and clean. Your web presence should cater good user assistance, meaningful feedback, and logical flow. Besides that, IoT enabled sites are mobile friendly and include instant access from mobile devices.
Security: One of the primary downsides of IoT enable website is that it is open to hackers. If a hacker gets into the system, he/she can alter the entire anatomy of your site or even the business. While the security of the device is the primary reason for cyber-attacks, web designers should also consider security as a significant design consideration.
Speed: Traditional websites have a two-way connection, you send data to the server and it sends it back. However, an IoT enabled sites have lots of other devices connected to the server. This possibly increases the latency and slow responses from the user. Businesses should select dedicated cloud-servers to avoid all that.
Testing: While the testing phase for a traditional website was particularly easy, IoT enabled websites requires more time and steps. The process is a bit complicated as you have to test the connectivity of different devices to know if you are on the right track.