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Thread: Top 10 Web Design Tips

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    Top 10 Web Design Tips

    From : [EDIT: Spammy link removed by TheGAME1264]

    1. Have a strong, clear brand message
    Your web site should project the image you want the world to see – and the great news is that through web design you can control that image entirely. In terms of physical design this means positioning your logo or key message in the top left hand corner – the part of the screen our eyes are most naturally drawn to.

    2. Provide a clear, concise navigation method
    A good web designer will ensure that they use design techniques to lead the user around the screen and site. Clearly differentiated sub-sections and even a site map can ensure a concise, easy to follow navigation route, while good use of position, colour, contrast and size can all help focus the eye. Stick to one main navigation menu, remain consistent throughout the site, use sub-navigation and keep it uncluttered by avoiding drop down menus.

    3. Make it intuitively easy to use
    Visitors can be fickle and if a site is hard or slow to navigate they’ll be off. Ensure navigation buttons are obvious and easily identifiable – towards the top of the page is good – and have appropriate links directly from page to page so the user can quickly switch when something catches their interest. Finally, adhere to the functionalities people have come to expect. For example, if text is underlined your user will naturally expect it to be a link.

    4. Keep it consistent
    Users like to know where they are within a website and if the style of a page changes dramatically or somehow feels different visitors will become disengaged and can start to feel lost. Maintain consistency – and a professional image – by ensuring everything matches, from heading sizes and typefaces to design, colour and style of image.

    5. Keep it simple
    The whole draw of using a website is that it should be quick and easy to use. To this end simplicity is key.

    Succinct, useful information should be available at the touch of a button. Today’s surfers won’t hang around so make sure the page is scannable. That means not being afraid to use (read: leave in) plenty of white space. There is a theory behind this – our eyes do not naturally work in a linear fashion. Given the chance they’ll take in more and then zoom in to an area of interest from the bigger picture.

    6. Ensure it’s easy to understand
    Visitors coming to your website typically won’t want to spend much time so ensure that every aspect is easy to understand; from the navigation to the copy. There are design techniques that can help make the information on a page easier to understand – think shorter sentences, larger font, sections differentiated by contrast and colour and, as previously mentioned, good use of white space. To this end, there are some common rules of thumb: never use more than three typefaces, or more than three different point sizes for a font and keep lines of text to 18 words - 50-80 characters – max!

    7. Degrade gracefully
    Not everyone has the latest pc and the fastest broadband so make sure your code is as simple as it can be without compromising on the elements you need. HTML code needs to degrade gracefully and not slow down or cause problems to lower spec computers. Cause an IT issue on your visitors pc and you can be sure that customer won’t be back again... or be recommending your site to anyone else!

    8. Write it with your target audience in mind
    When writing – or commissioning - the copy for your website, do bear in mind your target audience. Tempting as it is to use the medium to bombard the user with all the information you can, do keep it succinct in style and use laymen’s terms if appropriate – or include a glossary if technical terms are unavoidable. If you are hoping to attract visitors through search engine optimisation (SEO) you’ll need to consider the key words people will be using in their searches. Weave these into the copy as often as is appropriate to help propel your site up a search engines listings.

    9. Consider usability
    At the end of the day if your website isn’t usable visitors will be off – as quick as a mouse. So, when working on the web design, consider the end user’s experience of the site.
    It can be a good idea to make a list of the things a user will want to use your site for and then checking that these are easy to achieve and if necessary are readily available from the homepage – e.g. Start shopping, Current offers, Book an appointment etc. Then test early and throughout the process test and test again. The only way to really check that your site is as user friendly as it can be is to test it out on people who know nothing about your business.

    10. Make sure it’s compliant
    A good website should adhere to certain guidelines.

    [EDIT: Spammy link removed by TheGAME1264]
    Last edited by TheGAME1264; Sep 13th, 2013 at 10:12 PM.


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    A good website is important for online business marketing. Website design is the first thing to take care of while creating a professional website. Web design services play a very crucial part for any type of business and it becomes essential for the business owners. Here are some web design tips :

    Maintain consistency in design
    Navigation buttons and bars are easy to understand and use
    Graphics and backgrounds use browser-safe colors
    Avoid Sleazy Elements
    Good Use of Colour
    Use a good font style on all the webpages
    Do not use FRAMES in web page
    Use different colors on headline
    Put your phone number on the homepage
    Donít have too much text

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    Quote Originally Posted by clickpencil1 View Post
    Really great tips,thanks for sharing
    They sure are, and as a native...err...Taxan...Taxin...Taxite...whatever you are, I'm sure that you'll use them very much.

    I object to your homeland, however. You're from the evil land of TAXES! I wonder if you're from Dullest or Santa and Tony O.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    They sure are, and as a native...err...Taxan...Taxin...Taxite...whatever you are, I'm sure that you'll use them very much.

    I object to your homeland, however. You're from the evil land of TAXES! I wonder if you're from Dullest or Santa and Tony O.
    Jeez, Game - you have to stop doing that - when I'm reading the forums late at night and laugh out loud, I wake everybody up!
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