Tips For Making Your Website Look Professional

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Many people believe that designing a website is difficult, but that is only true if you do not take the time to learn how to build one. Like pretty much everything done on the web today, there are many software programs available that can make web design really simple.

Continue on for some great tips on how to choose the best web design program to build your site.

Check for Broken Links

Before you publish any web page, check it carefully for broken links. Nothing is more frustrating to a visitor than clicking on a link and being taken to an error page. You can check your links manually, or some programs will scan your site for you and report any broken links.

Cancel Actions

Allow users to cancel an action if they so choose. This could mean ordering products, opting into an email newsletter, or returning to the homepage from deep within your site. If visitors cannot cancel an action they are not interested in, such as providing their contact information, they will feel they do not have a choice and won’t buy anything.

Search

Give your visitors the ability to search your site so that they can more easily find what they are looking for. If someone cannot find what they are looking for right away, their next thought will be to look for a search field. Put this somewhere prominent and include a search button.

User Feedback

Always ensure you are giving meaningful feedback. This is what creates communication between a website and its visitors. For example, if an action is taken by a visitor, results in an ‘error,’ do not only display “error occurred.” Instead, provide a message that explains what happened and how the visitor can correct the error by taking a different action. Without this feedback, visitors are more likely to grow frustrated and will give up and leave your website.

Site Map

Have a site map. These are useful to your clients and the search engines, as they give a detailed overview of your entire website. It can be a guide for viewers searching for a specific part of your site, and also allow you to keep track of its structure and layout.

Install Analytics

Use an analytics service, rather than displaying your visitor counter for all to read. Many websites still display their website counters, yet they do not serve any real purpose. There are many high-quality analytics services available, and some are even free. Use these instead of showing off how many people visit you.

Fonts

When designing your website, you should avoid using too many different types of fonts. It would be best if you also considered how different fonts appear on the standard computer screen; smaller serif fonts (Times New Roman, for example) are somewhat hard to read. Most sites use Vedrana, which is easily read in different colors and sizes.

Background

Do not use images for your background. When you think about some of the most significant websites on the Internet, they do not have images as backgrounds. When you use image backgrounds, you represent yourself as someone who is not well-versed in web designing. Images as backgrounds also cause your site to load slower, which can lead to user frustration.

Make text easy to ready by using colors that contrast or backgrounds that are easy to read text on. When your text is harder to read because the background or text color creates eye strain or portions of text that are unreadable, site visitors are less likely to stick around.

As stated in the above article, web design today is made simple with the many easy to use software programs that are on the market. If you can follow some simple instructions, then you can enter the world of web design.

Apply the tips from this article so you can understand what to look for in a web design program.

Cheering you on,

Keith

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