There are many different reasons why a person might want a website. You might want to show off your portfolio or work, might want to sell a product or might want to share your thoughts with the world in the form of a blog. But whatever the reason for creating your website, everyone has the same goal in mind, which is to have people visit their website.
However, with literally billions of websites currently on the internet, it can be tough to stand out. One great way to stand out is to have a beautifully and brilliantly designed site. With that in mind, this article will look at a few web design tips to help your site have a good chance at being successful.
Start With a Plan
Before you ever sit down at a computer and begin to create your website, you need to have a plan. You need to write down what sort of pages you want on your site, what sort of content you want on your site, the goals of your site and more. It can also be a good idea to put yourself in the shoes of your potential visitors and think of what they would enjoy.
The plan is an “often-forgotten” part of the website building process, but it is a very important one. Without a plan, a website can often feel like a jumbled mess with no continuity, which can make you lose readers. You don’t need to spend weeks on this plan, just spend a while figuring out how you want it designed, before you design it.
Make Sure it is Easy to Navigate and Read
A website should be simple. People should not have to spend minutes trying to find out the purpose of the site or what product/service you are selling. They should know within a few seconds what your website is all about. If not, you risk losing customers, which is a good way for a company or website to fail.
In addition to the site being easy to read and understand, you should also make it easy to navigate. You should clearly show how people can move from one page to another, and they shouldn’t have to search. The navigation scheme should be organized and it should be obvious to everyone how they can find what they are looking for.
Work With Professionals
While some people are fully capable of designing a website on their own, it is not always an easy task and it is an art that can take a very long time to master. Instead, why not work with some professional web design services? They can take your site to the next level in every area, and are usually well worth the costs.
While there are plenty of services out there that can help you create and design a website yourself, these often have a large learning curve and you can spend hours working with them and hardly get anywhere. If you work with a professional, you can feel confident that everything is done correctly and the site will look and perform great.
Ensure Your Website is Mobile Friendly
Our society is increasingly mobile and seemingly everyone has a cell phone. While plenty of us listen to music or use social media, and equally large number use it to browse the internet. In fact, over half of the internet traffic out there is from mobile devices.
As a result, it is a good idea to ensure that your website is designed in such a way that it will look good no matter what device you are browsing it on. You should test out every page, button and feature to make sure they work just as well on a mobile device as they do on a computer.