Is it ok to use differently navigation on mobile & desktop device, if there are 3 main categories that users are using?

This is website for the food, and I think bottom navigation with the main actions are the best position and the layout is clear and readable.

Is bottom navigation really such a bad practice for the mobile sites?

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    I'm not too sure what you mean by bottom navigation? Do you mean like what facebook/twitter has been doing?
    – UXerUIer
    Feb 10, 2017 at 15:42
  • Yes. The great example is mockup in comments from Shan Newton
    – Rapunxel
    Feb 10, 2017 at 17:28
  • what are the options you are displaying in bottom navigation?
    – NB4
    Aug 3, 2017 at 13:38

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The answer is yes, bottom navigation is okay, and given that you only have three main categories, you can definitely make this work. However, it requires a relatively new approach and you won't see this listed as a "best practice" because it hasn't yet had time to become seasoned (as of Feb 2017). Apple and a few other UX pioneers have tried this "bottom nav" / "action drawer" approach. The bottom nav has three accessible call-to-actions and can also be swiped up for more functionality if needed. Hope this helps

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  • Thank you very much! This really helped because I also tought of this practice is new so people still didn't had time to apply it on websites for mobile. Thank you!
    – Rapunxel
    Feb 10, 2017 at 17:26

An important thing needs to be added.

Even though this kind of navigation is very handy, you need to consider mobile browsers that display their own navigation at the bottom (e.g. stock "Internet" Samsung browser). If you add a navigation fixed to the bottom than on scrolling down, it will be covered by that browser's own nav bar.

I myself am at the point of trying to find a solution for that but no luck so far.


A loosely related case: tool menus in the Photoscape image editor are placed at the bottom of the working area:

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For some reason I find this placement extremely convenient, especially, compared to the common top placement of tool menus (e.g. MS Office Ribbon menu layout). I cannot explain why I feel it this way, but my feeling of greater comfort has remained consistent over years of use of the Photoscape editor.

I could speculate that it has something to do with requiring less eye and mouse movements between the object of work and the menus, even though I cannot formulate exactly what. Just a hint to start you thinking in that direction.

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