What with all the myriad things that need to come and work seamlessly in sync, putting up a website live can be intimidating. From content to design, from marketing to the technical side, creating a user-friendly website demands that you hire a website design agency that has several experts from content, UI/UX design, marketing and development on board.
Here is a checklist to remind you about the essential elements of a great website:
Get the clutter of sidebars out, if possible
Sidebars create clutter. Phase them out from the design of your website, especially if it doesn’t need one. You can look at themes for which you don’t need sidebars.
Off screen designs
Use pen and paper or a whiteboard to put the overall site layout off screen first to see exactly where all the things of the design will go. But if a pen and paper doesn’t appeal to you, there are a host of wire framing and prototyping web designing tools out there that you can use.
Larger font sizes
Scale up visibility of your content even when viewed through a mobile screen. Use a minimum of 18 points font size for both headers and body text. Also be sure to choose a web-friendly typeface if possible.
Create more space
Typically known as a white space or negative space. This doesn’t necessarily have to be white and it can give your web page a clean look, making both the images and content stand out neatly.
Using Google’s material design
A flat looking image gives your web page an unprofessional look. Try using Google’s material design tool kit to add shadows and depth to your layout.
Typography and Layout
- Check out punctuation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks, and the like
- Scan headings to see where you can use ligatures
- Find out if there is any widow word
Check for consistency in grammar and spelling
- Use of capital letters for main headings
- UK vs. US spelling consistency
- Treatment of bullet lists
Check out the left side of the page title on the web browser. This is where you find the Favicon – which gives credibility, helping users navigate to your site.
A website design technique that aims at an optimal viewing experience.
Navigation must be simple
When a first time visitor comes to the site, he should find it reassuringly easy. He will not stay long if the navigation intimidates him.
Logo to be at the top left hand corner
The logo is to be placed at the top left hand corner of the homepage, so that the visitor knows that by clicking on it they can go back to the homepage.
Search bar to be on the right hand side
The search bar is to be placed at the top right hand corner so that the visitor knows where to click when he wants to search for something.
Use Images that are of high resolution but not very heavy
The Images must have a good resolution but not be unnecessarily heavy as that will slow down the visitors’ movement from one page to the other.
Include contact information and make sure it is easy to find
Contact information must be there on the site. The visitor should also be able to navigate to the contact page easily.
Highlight, underline key words and links
Content should be highlighted so that the visitor knows what he is reading is important. Links must take the visitor to another page on a new window so that he does not leave the site.
Do remember that once you have implemented the above list of pointers, you actually test your website before it is launched! Test every link, button and form, as a broken and unresponsive website will make you lose credibility and make all the hard work go down the drain.
The website is usually the first touchpoint for your customer so make sure that the first impression they get about your company is always the best. In case, you are thinking of putting up a new website or revamping the existing one, make sure you hire a good web development company. Also, feel free to contact us anytime if you need help with your website. Please call on 8888866110 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org