Just like the fashion fades, the same way website design trends keep changing constantly. However, when it comes to creating an impressive website for long lasting impression, it is obvious to keep it updating regularly as per the new trends and web-fashion as well as increase productivity, conversion rates, search engine optimization, fresh and modern themes.
Given below are a few tips that shall help you create effective website designs:
- Professional Logo
Logo is the identity of your brand that make sure you locate it prominently on the website. Use a high-resolution image for logo and place it on the upper left corner of all the pages and link it back to your home page for easy navigation.
- Quick loading website design
It is the basic or primary tip that every designer must follow to avoid making websites that take longer to load. Make sure that your designs are optimized for web and do not take more than 04 seconds to load. You might make excellent designs for website but it is of no use if the website takes longer to load.
- Clear navigation
Whenever a visitor comes to your website, ensure that he goes through it. Have a clear navigation and give links at prominent places. Use menus on right and left side as that where the visitor looks first. Link as many pages as possible to your website with an accessibility. Give links in footer and other areas as your visitor may be interested in it.
- Avoid clutter
Ensure that you don’t overload your website with too many graphics or competing call to action which cause clutter as it tends to draw visitor’s eyes away from important information. Limit the links in header and footer to narrow the focus. Keep paragraphs short and crisp.
- Website for all resolution
These days the computer resolution range from 640 x 480 to 1024 x 768 and even higher. Thus, it is important to design your website for all the resolutions. Designing it the percentage wise is better than designing with pixels.
- Readable fonts
Ensure using clear and simple fonts as fancy and comic fonts may not be available on most of the computers and the default font may be more worse. So, try using common and professional web fonts like Arial and Verdana which also give a professional look.
- Compatibility of browser
Ensure that your website is compatible to the browser. It should look good in both Netscape as well as Internet Explorer.
- Minimum use of images
Simple designs are many a times very effective for websites. Don’t overload your website with big bulky images that take longer to load. Rather use eye catching designs for icons and tables to draw the visitor’s attention. As the visitor is more interested in the content than design.
- Using white space
Follow the principle of ‘keep it simple’ and minimize using graphics. Don’t make it messy with too much of visuals, colorful fonts, or backgrounds. Use whitespace as it gives a sense of spaciousness and neatness overall.
- Check for broken links
Check for broken links on the website before you upload it to the web server. You can also check for broken links in Dreamweaver by clicking right on the file in the Site Files Window. In case if the feature is not available you can check it using the online tool named Net Machine.