Keep It Simple! Dos and Donts For Website Design
If you are looking to create a website, you have got two options. You can build it yourself using a myriad of different online templates, or you can outsource it. Both options have their merits.
Whether you are choosing to DIY or employ a team of experts, you still need to have a basic understanding of how it should look. These are things that, as a viewer, you have probably not considered. After all, most of us just go to a website and use it for our purposes- we don’t think about the why and how things are placed. Now you’re going to have to think about it, and understand some fundamental basics. The Dos and Donts for website design and how to keep it simple.
Do: Make It Mobile Compatible
More and more people are now using the internet from their smartphones. As a result, the amount they use a site is going to depend on how easy it is to use on a smaller screen and without a mouse.
A website design that is customized for mobile viewing is known as responsive. It will look like a regular site when viewed from a computer, but will shift into a more simplistic layout on a phone. If you want to keep eyes on your site, you need to adapt. Some traditional format websites are a complete nightmare on a mobile, to the point users will just go elsewhere. Try and accommodate everyone.
Don’t: Use Anything That Flashes, Makes Noise or Otherwise Ruins The Experience
It’s not 1999, so you know not to use flashing glitter after the mouse pointer, or the other monstrosities that decade put onto websites. You might, however, be tempted by videos that autoplay or adverts with moving graphics.
The longer your site takes to load, the quicker people are going to bolt out of there. This applies in particular for those using mobile data; they don’t want to waste it on your “fun” website trinkets. Keep it smooth and simple, focusing on your content rather than a gimmick.
Do: Source Images Legally
Far too many people think that if an image appears online, they can use it. This is wrong. Like offline, pictures have usage restrictions and copyright. It can be expensive to take your own photographs (not to mention the skill required), but that doesn’t mean you can lift someone else’s work.
Plenty of sites offer royalty-free images. They might not be exactly what you want, but they’re free! Go for the closest match, or you will have to pay for usage.
This one has a serious penalty, because if you ignore it, you’re breaking the law. People can be, and have been, sued for stolen images.
Don’t: Do It All Alone
This is particularly important if you’re designing a site for business purposes. You’re not a web designer. And that’s okay! You’re great at what you do do. Go you. So don’t be too hard on yourself. If you can’t make a website do something you want and don’t have the time or inclination to learn, that’s okay. There are specialists who can help you. Look at forums or consults agencies. It’s okay to ask for help from time to time.