In this article today, we have outlined some of the essential web design tips needed for any website. If you’d love to create a great first impression with your visitor, the following advice will put you on the right path to better understand what makes up all the crucial elements for a great website.
Fast loading web pages – This first step is the most basic step that any web designer should follow. Even though the site may have fantastic graphics and looks amazing, if the page takes too long to load, no one is going to stick around to see it anyway. Your web page design should be optimised for the web, and as a rule, should not take longer than 7 seconds to load.
Decisive navigation – The first time a visitor lands on your website, it’s your job to make them want to progress deeper into the site. And this element comes down to decisive and clear navigation. Ensure all the main links on your pages can be found in prominent locations. Ideally, at the very top of the pages, as this is where your visitors will immediately train their eyes once your page loads. Also make use of placing links in the main text body or in the footer as a way to offer your visitors various other access points to important pages.
All resolutions – Nowadays, computers have all kinds of resolutions. Resolutions can range from 640 x 480 – 1024 x 768 sometimes higher. If you’re a web designer, you’ll need to make sure to design for these resolutions. To do this, make sure you design your websites by percentage rather than by pixels.
Compatibility of your browser – One of the first things you need to do in the testing phase of your website is to ensure it’s compatible with the major browsers. Your website needs to look the same in Internet Explorer and Firefox. With Internet users now using a wider selection of browsers than ever before, mainly due to mobile devices, browser compatibility is one of the crucial elements for any web designer to get right.
Readable fonts – I can’t begin to tell you just how many times I have clicked away from a site for the pure fact that the fonts are too bright, or are simply an offensive colour such as bright green or pink. Subtle elements of a website such as fonts, can be the difference between an amateur looking website and a professional one. Not all fonts are available on all computers, so to be safe, stay away from fancy fonts. Arial and Veranda seem to be the most widely used and most professional looking fonts, so try and run with one of those if possible.
Don’t use too many images – Statistics tell us time after time that simple web designs are usually the most effective. Keep your website clean, neat and simple. Bulky images take too long to load as well as clutter your pages unnecessarily. Tables and content boxes are a great way to effectively create and show information. Large icons and buttons can also easily catch someone’s eye. Bottom line is that your visitor is usually there to read information, not to look at pictures.
Using white space – Make a point not to clutter the pages with excessive images, font over-kill and colourful backgrounds. By keeping things simple and keeping graphics to a minimum, the use of white background space presents a more spacious looking web page.
Broken links – Before you upload the live site, make sure you do a check for broken links. If you are using Dreamweaver, in order to check for any broken links select the files within the site files window and then follow the options to check for broken links. If you don’t use Dreamweaver, you can refer to this tool: Net Mechanic.