Best Web Site Design Tips And Tricks
Website design is now a mature subject but like all technical topics there are right and wrong ways of doing things. In this article you will learn the very best tips on web design.
It’s all too easy to create pages with minor, simple, petty mistakes which confound and irritate your visitors, though it’s obviously something you had no intention of doing, but, intentional or not, you just lost another visitor before they saw what you really had to offer.
Luckily these frequent website mistakes are easy to prevent and rectify and this article allong with the associated rules and tips will help teach you how to do just that.
Be Consistent With Design
When designing your pages use the same styling throughout. Don’t change your page layout, text style, colors, backgrounds, fonts, etc. from page to page, be consistent in your design. If you do change styles from page to page, your visitors will become confused, they’ll think they accidentally clicked through to another site.
Rule: Be Consistent With Design.
Do Not Annoy Your Visitors
Do you like arriving at a site and being blasted with loud annoying music? Me neither. What about lights, as in bright flashing lights whilst you are trying to read and maybe even concentrate?
Most people will not have the same likes and dislikes as you so don’t presume too much but most people do find animation, sounds and flashing text/graphics distracting to say the least.
Just think about it! How can your visitors concentrate on reading your fantastic editorial if you have chaotic web pages. Also, do remember that not everyone has super fast connections and more people are using mobile phones to view web pages so don’t waste their bandwidth with unnecessary animations and audio.
Rule: No Animation Unless Necessary.
Rule: No Audio Unless Necessary.
Rule: No Flashing Text Unless Necessary.
Don’t Use Image Backgrounds
Name one professional, highly respected, high traffic site that uses image backgrounds. Not the newspapers, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon or any other site that I could find other than MySpace. Why don’t they use this technique? Easy, it doesn’t work, visitors usually don’t even notice and it makes the web page load slower.
Don’t confuse the use of background images with the use of back color. Background color can be implemented with no overhead costs, it doesn’t make your page load slower and can enhance your web pages significantly. But, as with all things, don’t overdo it. Try using pastel shades, they look good and work well.
Rule: Don’t Use Image Backgrounds.
Use Contrasting Colors
How many sites have you visited which had very light grey text on a grey background or dark blue text on a black background?
It’s hard to read light text on a light background or dark text on a dark background. It’s also hard to read certain colour combinations such as red text on blue backgrounds
Not only can the wrong color combinations be disasterous (something all women know about) but so can the use of graphic backgrounds and text.
In general I would advise you not to place text on graphical backgrounds and use contrasting background to text colors. Basically, keep it simple.
Rule: Use Contrasting, Complementary Colors.