The first thing that people will notice on a website is the design. Given the power of initial impressions, getting the design nailed down well and good in advance is critically important to keeping visitors from fleeing their first visit. Use the following tips to help keep visitors coming back to your site.
A good website should display and function in any type of web browser, so it is vital that you test your website in every browser currently on the market. Some things that work in Internet Explorer might not work correctly in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Before you set your site to go live, look at how every page shows up in all the major browsers.
Avoid pop-ups. Viewers hate pop-ups; they are annoying and unprofessional. Your customers will agree that if they visit a site, and are overwhelmed with pop-ups, they’re likely not to return. You can prevent visitor frustration, and improve your reputation, by avoiding pop-up advertisements entirely. If your web host forces you to have pop-up ads, try to find another web host.
Build a feedback-gathering mechanism into a website to gather visitors’ opinions. This will clue you in to ways that your website falls short of their expectations or doesn’t work properly, enabling you to make the necessary changes. If your site visitors feel actively involved in the process, they will be return viewers.
Learning about web design is a subject that becomes easier the more you work at it. So, learn the basics, then create some simple webpages using HTML to reinforce your understanding. Practice, as they say, makes perfect!
Subscribe to a newsletter with information on web design to keep you up to date on the latest trends. Web designers can derive great benefits from newsletters, whether they are self-taught amateurs or experienced pros.
In order to evaluate your web design skills accurately, it’s a good idea to start off with small, simple websites where your successes and shortcomings will be easy to spot. Start with an index page that introduces your business and products, then use what you learn from that page’s feedback to build additional informational pages.
Consult with friends and those in the know, if you missed something when you were learning about HTML, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. You want to make sure that all of the information that you learned was truly retained; the last thing you need is to be in the middle of making a site and become lost or confused.
Get advice from professionals; they can save you much hard work and grief. You’ll rapidly advance your knowledge of design this way.
Allow “site searching” on all of your pages. This will maximize usability by making it easier for visitors to navigate. The time and effort required to set up a site search capability are practically negligible, especially when weighed against the very significant benefits.
Website design is one of the most powerful and fastest-acting factors that will influence whether or not a site’s visitors decide to stick around. Make sure the first impression people have of your site is a good one! We hope this article will help you do just that.
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