Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that you have missed out something while making your website live? This is quite common with webmasters. Soon after completing a project and rushing to another, we often realize though it was too late then, that the design does not look that much impressive or something has gone horribly wrong in the process.
May be the color scheme does not suit at all or you have forgotten to add contact form in the contact us page. Sometimes things can go extreme and you may end up forgetting to change the demo images.
So if you do not want to belong to this league, here are the top #5 design practices that you can follow religiously if you are to shine as a successful webmaster.
1. Do Not Use Large Images: It is hard to resist the temptation of using large and fancy background images as a webmaster. True is it that a large image can help you make your website stand apart from the rest of the others but it has its own share of shortcomings. It can increase the loading time of the website horribly and that means, you website will run the risk of being overlooked by search engines.
2. Color Combination: Different colors have different connotation. You cannot use Pink color while designing a gaming website. In the same way, use of black color is prohibited in social networking sites. Green is somewhat de facto color in case of finance website and black is quite common in gaming and websites that are targeting sophisticated visitors.
You should not mess up with the color combination at any cost.
3. Above the Fold: Now, a debate is already raging whether or not you should add all the crucial elements in the above the fold section. Now, I personally believe that if it is a blog, you should distribute all the important elements throughout the website rather than concentrating on above the fold section.
But if it is a service website, it is perfect sane to add as many important elements like quick contact form, pricing button, social media icons etc in the above the fold section.
4. Cross Browsers Compatibility: You cannot expect all your visitors will be using IE 9. They can use almost any browsers and therefore, it is your moral responsibility to offer all of them similar browsing experience. Cross browser compatibility is certainly a major issue that deserves to be on your check list if you are to shine as a webmaster.
Now with the smartphone and tablets, it’s not only the desktop browsers, your website should also look good on the small screens. Though there are many plugin which can do the job for you like WPTouch.
5. Keep It Simple: You should shun every attempt at jazzing up things or adding fluffy elements. It is just sheer wastage of time and effort. Try to keep things as simple and straightforward as possible and you will have the last laugh at the end of the day. Try semantic coding and upgrade your skills with CSS 3 and HTML 5 and you are done.
And here is the bonus tip, while designing new websites a well designed logo can make a difference. You should use a logo rather than regular text for your website. There are many companies which can do the work for you and it can be as low as $27. Check the services of LogoNerds who has designed the logo for Makewebworld.
What else you look while designing your websites, share your thoughts through comment section.
[Image Source: Salvatore Vuono]