ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Web Design Will Continue to Simplify in 2018 to Boost Conversion Rates

Updated on November 30, 2017
Simple Web Design
Simple Web Design

Rising Importance of User Experience (UX) in Web Design

Did you know that as of June 2016, there were 320 million Internet users in North America alone, 721,43 million Internet users in China and 462,12 million users in India? According to an article published by Iron Paper, these figures became motivation for 57.7% of small and medium-sized business owners to invest in a new and improved website of their own.

Millions of dollars are invested by companies across the globe on their websites, with the aim of providing visitors to the site with good information about their products and services. But does high investment ensure high user retention?

Did you know that an outdated design, difficulty in reading the content, outdated plugins and overwhelming ads can become the reason for a visitor leaving your website within seconds?

It is for this reason that web designers today are paying huge attention on eliminating all kinds of distractions to make it easy for the user to focus on the key messaging. This is leading designers to work on designs that enhance user experience.

The aim of user experience designs is to enhance user satisfaction with the services and products being offered, by improving accessibility, usability and pleasure during customer interaction.

An article published by Forbes in 2017 added that investing in UX optimization helps to quickly gain trust, brand recognition and ensure user retention, which is what drives sales.

Clear Messaging
Clear Messaging

2018 Will See More Flat Designs

Today, people are using mobile devices more than traditional desktops for web browsing. With 51.3% in October 2016, global mobile and tablet browsing defeated the 48.7% browsing on desktops for the first time in history, according to an article published by The Guardian in November 2016. This only goes to emphasize the importance of designers focusing on mobile first designs for websites.

One pitfall while designing a website is that one might go overboard with added options, complex images, extra features and unnecessary text, in an attempt to increase appeal. They try to jam very little space with tons of information. But does it work? Probably, not. Too much information only confuses the user.

In 2017, designers started to create simple and clean websites, keeping their performance on both mobile devices and computers in mind. However, simple doesn’t mean boring. The idea is get rid of clutter and focus on the key messaging by using minimalistic and trendy components to increase the website’s usability. Web designers are unleashing their creativity on typography to lift website designs and help them load more quickly, says an expert at SEMGeeks.

Flat designs will have lots of open spaces, sans-serif fonts, clean and crisp edges, contrasting bright colors, illustrations and simple imagery, all of which will combine to create an eye-catching and engaging yet data-light website for an excellent user experience, regardless of the medium on which the site is being viewed.

Flat Design
Flat Design

Simple Designs Have Higher Conversion Rates

People may visit multiple websites in a day, but what percent of those users actually make a purchase? Conversion rates are key to the success of not just the website but the business whose website it is.

Earlier, businesses would focus only on the CTA (Call-to-Action) buttons or value propositions to improve their conversion rates. However, the layout of their website was one factor that was usually ignored. When their site was too cluttered, the CTA button was also lost in all that chaos.

Many websites heavily relied on images to express their message, which only added to the difficulty of a user in navigating the site. The reason is that these image-heavy websites are slow to load and frustrate users.

According to a blog post by Kissmetrics, 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less, whereas 40% quit a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. And, when we talk of conversion, every second counts. The blog post added that delay of even a second in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions, which could potentially cause of losses of $2.5 million in sales every year.

Speeding up the load time is a key way to improve the bounce rate. This can only be accomplished by getting rid of unnecessary clutter on each web page.

Mobile Optimized Websites
Mobile Optimized Websites


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)