Most people don’t have the skill, time, or money to build a custom chopper or car. But then there’s things like web design, and nearly everybody can give it a shot. It all begins with grasping the basics of web design and what a website really is. From there, you can research more complex topics. Read on to learn just how to do this.
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.
The best web sites communicate a lot of information in a small amount of words. If you are long-winded, people will easily get bored and find another site that is more concise. Make sure any content is relevant and easy to understand – newspapers use an eighth grade reading level, which is the most common literacy level.
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.
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.
Prioritize your user’s needs. A good web designer will always remained focused on the needs of the end user. They should include interaction, usability, accessibility and the overall users experience. You need to take this into consideration. Look at the site through the eyes of a user as you design.
Your navigation methods should be clear and easy to maintain. Place all navigation links in areas that flow well and are easily visible so your visitors know where to go and remain on the site much longer. The navigational part of your website should allow users a great experience.
When designing a website for a mobile application, it’s important that you pick the right screen resolution. From an Android to an iPad, the sites are going to be displayed on the devices differently. If you’re hoping for the best results, go with a screen resolution that looks good on any type of screen.
With these tips at your disposal, you can now get started with web design. Just knowing the basics of web designing makes the process easy. When you’ve mastered the basics, you can begin designing a beautiful site. Just put into practice what you have learned from the above article.