As a web designer myself, I can say that learning as much as I could from experts was how I got started. I looked at their sites, checked out their code, and even borrowed from their designs. Today there is a great deal of information available to help you get into the game, and this article is a great place to start learning.
Your website should include a prominently displayed tagline. This tagline includes a company motto or statement that tells the reader a little bit about the business. Clear taglines are effective in potentially capturing the attention of a reader in the critical first few seconds they visit your site.
Don’t make page sizes too big. Not all Internet users have fast connection speeds, and the longer your site takes to load, the less interest they will have. If the wait is too long, your visitors may give up and leave.
Keep your pages to a reasonable length. Add content through new pages on your site, instead of tacking it on to the end of a home page. For the most part, readers are hesitant to keep going on a page that seems to scroll on forever. If you must have a lot of content on one page, include hyperlinks at the top and in sections throughout the page. This allows users to navigate through the available content without excessive scrolling.
Give your visitors the ability to search your site so that they can more easily find what they are looking for. If someone cannot find what they are looking for right away, their next thought will be to look for a search field. Put this somewhere obvious and include a search button.
Pop-ups should be given a wide swerve. One of the worst things a user must deal with is getting one pop-up after another when visiting a website. The vast majority of users will just exit a site with pop-ups. Avoid those annoying ads to keep your customers content. Some website hosting services require you to use pop-up ads; you should view such policies as strong arguments against using such a service.
Wherever your logo appears on your site, you should accompany it with a complementary slogan or tagline. Ideally, this tagline should be catchy and informative, and should offer some basic summary of the purpose of your site or product offering. The combination of your logo and tagline should appear on every page to create a sense of cohesion.
To help you design a site that is easy for people to read all the information, make sure the pages are not too wide. If the pages are not too wide then they will fit on most people’s computer screens. If the page is too wide, then part of your valuable information could be left off the page.
Now that I’ve been designing websites for over a decade, I feel that I can give some advice back. Use the tips in this article, continue learning as much as you can, and stay on top of trends to ensure your websites stand out in the crowd. If I can do it, anyone can!