We have expert web design tips and tricks.

We have expert web design tips and tricks.

You will quickly form an opinion about an internet site based on its appearance the first time you visit it. You’re more likely to feel confident in a site that is professional looking, clean and uncluttered, and to stay on the site to learn more. If you come across a site with a confusing selection of colours and fantasy fonts, or missing or misaligned parts, it is unlikely that you will be able to stay on the site for long periods. It may not take long to reach the conclusion that you need to assimilate information about the entire site. This includes font sizes, faces and colour schemes and page layout. It could also be how these elements interact, which determines whether or not an internet site appears cohesive. If you get one thing wrong with a professionally-designed website, it will destroy the fragile illusion. How important is it to design a website that looks professional?

You should aim for constrained layouts

Look with a magazine or newspaper layout and you’ll appreciate the need for compartmentalisation. This will help you keep the content neat and tidy.

Keep your colour choices simple

You can choose as few colours as you like, but it is better to stick with the same colors for all other aspects of your site. Web works especially well with unusual colour combinations such as orange and mid-blue, along with deep red and grey. Keep trying until you discover the perfect combination.

Keep in mind that white space on the web is completely free

Increase the amount of whitespace around and within elements to avoid overcrowded layouts. You can make your pages look more organized by increasing the line spacing and margins. This is unlike printing media where white space does not cost anything.

Limit the number of fonts used

Try to use 2/3 different fonts on your pages so they have a cohesive feel. It is easiest to read sans-serif fonts on the screen. They should provide the main content. However, serif fonts may be helpful to separate text such as quotes. Monospaced fonts should be reserved for code snippets. Avoid fantasy fonts such as the plague unless your website is under 5 years old.

Make sure you keep your font sizes under control

While it might seem counterintuitive at first, research has shown that people who see your website text less often will retain more information and read more carefully. Reduce all fonts by 10% to enjoy the feeling of calm and space that follows.

Create a uniform layout among pages

Your visitors will be annoyed if you involve them in games like ‘hunt the navigator’. You should be consistent in placing key elements on each page of your website so that users are able to find the right place and not have to look for it.

Marker clearly indicating routes

Linear paths are a way to provide a clear path from the website. It is meant that potential customers can be guided along this route, and not towards their goal. You should ensure that the website has clear navigation, and lots of context links throughout the text, to help people find other destinations.

Images should only be added if they increase visitor value

Many sites that look great are ruined by poor stock photos and graphic design. Ask yourself if the image provides any additional information that is not contained in your text before you upload it to any niche website. You should avoid adding any images to niche sites that don’t provide valuable information.

Do not over-animate

There are both aesthetic and practical considerations when you consider adding animated elements to your website. Practical concerns concern the safety of visitors. Flashing banners or blinking text can cause epileptic seizures. While aesthetic considerations can be more subjective than difficult and less complex, it is easier to incorporate animated elements. However, make sure the design doesn’t become too intrusive.

It is better to have less than you think

While it is easy to give general advice, the ability to create professional-looking websites takes a lot of effort and time. You will feel less accomplished as you gain more experience. You will experience some eureka moments as you create professional-looking websites. The moment that everyone realizes that it is easier to make a website better by eliminating or reducing certain elements than by adding more things, almost every person experiences this realization. In web design, it is easier to have less than more.

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