2010
06.07

Below are some really important web design tips which every web site should follow. If your website is designed according to the tips below it is guaranteed that your visitors will have a very good first impression of your web site.

  1. Fast Loading web site designs – this is the most important #1 tip which every website should have. You might design a web site that looks fabulous but only a very few visitors are going to see it if it takes a long time to load..!! your web designs should be properly optimized for the web and should not take more than 10 – 15 seconds to load completely. Remember that even though you might have a great design but only a very few people are going to see it if it takes long to load.
  2. Clear Navigation – once a visitor has come to your web site you need them to click and go inside to view more pages and convert a goal. To do this you need to have a very clear and easy navigation. Make sure that all your important links are at very visible/prominent places. Most effective is the top right of the screen, this is where a visitor first looks at. Make use of menus on the right and left side of your design. Try to link many pages as possible. Let your important information be accessible from all parts of your website navigation. You may never know what a visitor may be interested in. try to use the footer area for important links.
  3. All Resolutions – there are many computers using different kinds of resolutions. They range from 800 x 600 to 1440 x 900 and go even higher. Your target is to design your web site for all these resolutions much as possible. The best way to do this is to design your site in terms of percentage instead of pixels.
  4. Browser Compatibility – make sure that your website is browser compatible. Your website should look the same in browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari & Google Chrome since they are widely used. Do not stop testing your design just because it looks great on Firefox. Usually IE gives problems and needs a few bug fixes specially when you are doing advanced HTML websites. But these problems are usually fixed easily once found.
  5. Readable and professional looking fonts – we do not have to ask you, how many times you might have clicked out of a website because it used fonts like Comic Sans and the colour was bright green or pink..! just by looking at the font you know that the site is not professional. Do not use fonts like comic sans and any other similar fancy fonts which might not be available on most computers. If the font you chose is not available on the visitors computer then the website will use the default font of that computer which will look much worse and terrible. So try to use common and professional web standard fonts when designing your websites. The most popular fonts are Arial, Verdana & Calibri.
  6. Minimize the use of images – Simple designs are the most effective for web. Keep your web site neat and simple. Do not clutter the pages with bulky images which might slow down the loading time. Visitors are more interested in content rather than design.
  7. Use of white space – try not to clutter your design with too many images, big fonts and backgrounds. Keep it simple and minimize the use of images and keep a lot of white space which will make it more readable. White space will give your website a sense of spaciousness and overall tidiness.
  8. Check for broken links – you should always cross check for broken links before updating your website to the web server. In Dreamweaver you can do a link check for broken links by right clicking any file in the site files window and clicking on check links for entire site. If you do not have this feature you need to upload your site and validate it with W3C Link Checker.

We hope these few web design tips were useful for you, if you want to design a professional website please feel free to contact us at extreme web design sri lanka. Tel 0094 112 5050939