- Internet & the Web
Design Your Website for Success
Is your website design holding up to today's standards and technology? How do you compare your website next to any competitor? Is the navigation structure easy to find or do visitors have to work at it? With millions of Web sites competing for visitors, how do you get the results that you are looking for?
When doing research on the Internet information is plentiful, but trustworthy information is hard to find. At times a website might have some interesting information that you are searching for, but the further you search the less information you will find. The design of your Web site can be as important as the content you offer on your site. Your site needs to look as professional as possible not cheap, unprofessional or galling. You want visitors to stay and come back.
Before you start creating your Web site, excellent advice is begin spending some time analyzing other well-designed sites. Upon locating a Web site similar to the one that you want to create, study it and not browse the site. When you are at the site, identify what you like and dislike about the design. Also, when you research a site and if you like it, make notes on what you like about the styling concepts and how you may want to follow the design. As well, when you research a site, if you dislike it, make sure to avoid the items you do not favor so that you will not use them in you site.
Appearances must be kept at all times when creating a Web site. White paper has always being a good background when it comes to website design that offers information. Colored backgrounds like Lime green with yellow type with words running off the border are hard to read and are very unprofessional. But it is not just the design. Pay attention to every word that is written in the site. Take your time and read everything you write. A good practice is to have some one else proof read your website before it is published to the web.
Placing ads on a website is a great form of income, but the website is less productive when it is overused by flashing ads. When a Web page is less crowded, each image and paragraph has greater value and does not have to compete. Too many links can somewhat be overwhelming. Add a banner and link mix on you page to make it more attention-grabbing. The use of two or three columns when designing your Web site adds more style. Make the content flow down on your site. Do not make the visitor flutter around because your page is confusing and complex.
When you create your Web site, make sure you communicate your message through the design, graphics, and text of the home page. Also you should set a tone for your site and make sure that the content, design, color and font work together in support of it.