A good webpage can be piece of art when the designer is skilled. Good design practices can make the difference between an undistinguished, forgettable website and a memorably unique one. Overall, knowledge is power, and this is true even when it comes to web design. Try expanding your own knowledge of web design, by using the tips that are listed below.
Color combinations are key in branding your website. Make text visible against the background hues. Using a dark text color on a lighter background is generally easier to read than the opposite. If you need help determining weak points of your website, show your current version to a friend for feedback.
Ease of navigation is an important factor in how appealing visitors find your website. Display links prominently so that they can be easily found. Menus also lend to easy navigation. Make sure that you have links posted to every page of the website. This will allow visitors to easily navigate the site.
Prevent utilizing pop-ups on your site. Nobody appreciates new windows popping up automatically when they visit a webpage. Most visitors to your website will not like pop-up ads, even on big sites, they are aggravating and cause people to leave. Keep your customers happy, by steering clear of these annoying ads. If your web hosting company requires the use of pop-ups, consider moving to a new host.
To get repeat visitors, use an e-mail newsletter. If you have your clients subscribe to updates, they will have a reason to come back again and again. Put your sign up form on your site’s sidebar to keep track of how many people sign up. You can avoid some reputation-damaging trouble by making sure that your newsletter only goes out to visitors who have explicitly requested it.
It does not matter how you have designed your website; you have to make sure that every file has a small file size. The reason behind this is because the file sizes will affect how fast your website loads. It is critical that your website load quickly for everyone. Remember, too, that some visitors may be using dial-up or other low-speed connections. Test to be sure that even computers with slow dial-up modems can connect quickly to your website.
Pop-up windows are one feature you should avoid. Users hate them and they won’t add you any value. If your visitors become frustrated enough with pop-ups, they may permanently leave your website.
Do not forget to test your site on several major browsers. Every browser interprets sites in their own way, and sometimes that can lead to drastic differences in the way a site appears to a user, affecting not only visual elements, but functional elements as well. A little bit of research will help you decide which browsers are used most often, at that time. Double check that your site works on every browser, and don’t forget about the mobile software as well.
Beautiful web design is an awesome sight to see, but that’s only if it’s done the right way. It is easy to see what separates the best sites from the worst ones, and now you can find out how to take your design to the next level. Use the tips you’ve just read an start creating great web designs today.
Jens-Michael Blümel, Creative Director bei TWT, zeigt in dieser Ausgabe die aktuellen Trends im Webdesign.
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