When designing an excellent site, are you in need of expensive software and special templates? Well, it does depend on your desire to learn. If your goal is to get credit for doing next to nothing, then you might as well continue to use programs and templates to do your work. However, if you put in some effort and follow the advice you are about to read, you can make a website that has personality and character all its own.
People don’t like to wait when they browse the Internet, so your pages need to load fast even on slow connections. If someone visiting your site has to wait a while in order for a page to load, it’s likely they will click off your site and leave. They probably won’t return.
Be sure you have a search tool that lets others search when on your site. If people visit your site for something specific, they will be on the lookout for a search box. When one is not available, chances are they will move to a site that is searchable. Make sure the box is on the right at the tip of the page, which is where most visitors will look first.
Before you publish any web page, check it carefully for broken links. Visitors can get frustrated when they click a link and come across an error page. Either use a program to check for broken links or check each link manually.
It is important that your website is easy to read. Various tests on usability demonstrate that most online readers do not actually read all the content; instead, they scan it for something that interests them. Break text into sections with headers that can be scanned easily by your readers. Additionally, keep your most important info at the top of the page. Doing all this makes your visitors’ experience more enjoyable because they can find the information they want without any problems.
While learning to design your website is important, it’s not as complicated as learning the basics of open heart surgery. A formal education is not required, and you do not have the pressure of being responsible for someone’s life. Follow these tips to start creating great websites.