Are you in the process of designing your company’s website? If so, it’s important to take the right steps to achieve the best results. Here are some helpful tips for your website design:
Don’t use sidebars
A big problem with sidebars is that they increase clutter. The original function was to improve a site’s usability by showing extra navigational elements. That includes links to posts and content.
However, as time passed slick marketers started to look for marketers to show opt-in forms and other kinds of promotional content. The problem is that it often doesn’t improve the user experience.
In theory, sidebars that contain useful content such as links should improve the user experience. However, in truth few website visitors use them. That’s due to heatmap tests that were conducted. So using sidebars for marketing applications probably isn’t the best decision regarding design.
Use some style guides
These are very popular in the publishing industry. They’re available to provide uniform styles for content. This can include issues such as how dates are written, and how states/countries are labeled.
Web designers can create their style guides to make sure the sites built have uniform styles. This is useful for designers who team up with other freelancers. A quality style guide can help a team get on the same page and produce better results.
Use big font sizes
Using big fonts isn’t inventing the wheel, but it’s a great feature to include now. That’s because it helps to grow your readers’ attention and puts your content front and center.
This trend became popular starting with a focus on small screens’ readability. However, it also solves other design issues such as flat design and minimalism.
You could add larger font sizes to your web designs. For example, you could use at least a font size of 18 points for your site’s body text when it’s logical. That includes text on a homepage when using a big hero image, or header images.
Make sure to use an Internet-friendly typeface that scales effectively. It’s a better option than worrying about which font sizes you should choose.
Use Google’s Material Design
Google started promoting Material Design in 2014. Since then, digital designers have followed the tech giant’s lead.
If you’ve been using flat web design, it’s time to consider using Material Design to update your website style. The core ideas of the web design framework include layers to make fancy shadows beside elements’ edges. This will help to add style/depth to the flat design trend.
Start the site’s designs off-screen
Don’t build designs and code on the screen at a fast rate without thinking about how things will turn up after edits and cleanups. It’s better to take a new approach.
Instead of tweaking as you go, go old-school withpencil and paper, or even use a whiteboard. That will help to plan your site’s layout off-screen. Thus will help to figure out where certain elements will go. It’s like the work of an architect who uses floor plans
Create extra space
If your site has too much clutter, it can result in distracted readers and also make the website seem too complex. This is one reason you should consider not using sidebars.
It’s also a good idea to create more space as a general rule instead of adding tons of elements on one page. This will help the reader to focus on the important stuff and give youthe chance to build a web design that looks better.
Space is often called “negative space” or “whitespace.” Space doesn’t have to be white. That’s especially true if you’re building a site that uses big images on the homepage/headers.