Consider using the float-labels UX pattern in your forms. Labels are displayed as placeholders. When the field get the focus, its label is reduced in size and moved above or to the field’s top left corner.
Your conversion rate will thank you!
Shorter forms have a few advantages:
- the user are less likely to abandon a shot form than a long form (even when the shorter length is only perceived, as with floating-labels)
- short and simple forms work better on mobile devices
- the float-labels UX pattern is becoming very popular. Your visitors will recognize it and are already familiar with it.
Float-label can be easily implemented with just a few changes in your HTML and CSS. Chris Coyier wrote a few functioning examples of float-labels on CSS-Tricks.
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