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Effective Web Design Techniques

Author : Alger Peter

As the rule goes, a website should not only attract the readers once, but incite them to revisit for more information. The best way to start the process of building a website is to design the structure of the website. Web Design is no child's play and necessities rich knowledge on various software applications and effectual designing techniques. Start by laying out all the details including pictures, tables, contents that are to be a part of the website. Draw a rough chalk of where each piece of information goes. In most cases, a website will contain more than one web page and thus one should decide on how the gathered facts will be distributed amongst various pages. One must ensure that the distribution is uniform throughout the pages and information is placed such that the readers are tempted to stay on the website for a longer period of time.

Web design must properly place all the navigation items and links on the website such that the users are presented with an intuitive, responsive and easy user interface. The navigation is the most important feature of a website since it will direct the users and tell them their best course of action. They should not have to search long for information or end up at the wrong place. Objects or control buttons must be clearly laid out. Help must be provided in form of popups wherever necessary. Once a user lands on the website they must get a fair idea as to what the website is about. This information must be passed across in less than four seconds to the user, no matter how naïve he/she is to the world of Internet.

The web design must also include minute details such as color of buttons, text color and size of various controls and pictures. There is no excuse for a sloppy looking web page with mismatched tabs or high contrast colors. The appearance of a website is the first noticed thing about it, and if one fails to make a first impression with it, the website is of no good. It is a wise idea to distinguish between the controls that are most frequently used and the ones that come under advanced functionalities. Then place these such that user can get to the advanced ones only if he/she desires to. On the other hand, the regularly used functionalities must be within reach and very apparent to the users.

It is not advisable to use pictures instead of text to convey a message. Similarly if you can get across the message with just a picture, there is nothing like it. Make informed decisions rather than blindly creating visions in your mind.Ensure that your website doesn't look too plain or too jumpy. The visuals must be pleasing to the eyes.There are several other user friendly mechanisms that can be included in the design such as disabling a selected option, concealing the advanced features, highlighting the most commonly clicked buttons, etc. Once the web design is done, the job of building the website is considered to be half completed.

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