Successful online businesses have great websites. When your site is attractive, visitors will view you as trustworthy and professional. Keep reading to learn how to design a website well.
Don’t use splash pages for your site unless required by law, and especially don’t use a Flash intro. Most people just want to get to your content as quickly as possible, and don’t care to look at useless splash pages. If you have some amusing content that you absolutely want visitors to see, integrate it into the homepage instead.
Avoid using frames. Most sites have abandoned frames on their own as better alternatives have become available, but there are still sites out there that are trapped in 1996. Alternatives to navigational frames include fixed-position navigation panels, having navigation in multiple areas (e.g. left and bottom) or simplifying page structure so that navigational links are never far away.
Always mark files that must be opened in an external program with an icon. Many sites host PDF files, and less commonly, DOC files, that must be opened in Foxit Reader and Microsoft Word/OpenOffice, respectively. These files should be marked with an icon representing the file type, and a link to download the appropriate viewer if the user does not have it.
Keep the loading time to lower than ten seconds. A well-designed, efficient site should pop up in visitors’ browsers in a matter of moments. Most online users crave instant gratification, so your success relies on providing it.
If you desire feedback from your visitors, design your site to include a feedback form rather than a guestbook. A feedback form lets your site visitors contact you without having anything negative be shown to everyone else who sees your site. If you have a guestbook then everyone can read both good and bad comments, something you really do not want people to see, especially when the comments are negative.
One thing you should always take into account when you’re thinking about web design is the latest technology that is out today. As technology advances to does the web, so be sure you are always up to date with what is changing so that you’re that much more understanding of how the web works.
Make text easy to ready by using colors that contrast or backgrounds that are easy to read text on. When your text is harder to read because the background or text color creates eye strain or portions of text that are unreadable, site visitors are less likely to stick around.
Be sure the websites you’re designing are cross-browser compatible. You must check your site in the most popular versions of every top browser. Some examples include Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Many users use these browsers for surfing online, so you need to be sure your designs are being seen correctly on whatever they use.
Like so many skills, web design can be improved through patient, consistent practice. To test your knowledge of the basics, try designing some pages using HTML and C+. Practice, as they say, makes perfect!
Make sure that you periodically go back and try to remember all that you’ve learned thus far. One of the biggest problems people have when they first start out with web design is that they learn one or two things and forget them a couple of days later, which can hurt their website progress.
Offer a sitewide search option at the top of every page. This makes your website more usable, content accessible and leaves visitors fulfilled. This feature can be included with ease, and is a worthy addition to any site.
When it comes to web design you don’t want to be left in the dust, you want to be up to date so that you know how to program your site as well as what people want. So even though you understand how to build a website make sure that you always fill your brain with new knowledge.
If you ever run into a problem don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Go ahead and consult with a friend or someone through a forum or email who you think might be willing to help you. You aren’t going to get anywhere if you don’t get any help, we all need it from time to time so don’t feel any shame.
Once you figure out the basics behind building a website, you can then turn your attention to design. Use the above suggestions to help you draft functional layouts and navigation, and the right content specific for your audience. Keep learning how you can increase your traffic to reach your goals shortly.