Updated: Aug 11, 2021
Web designing can seem overly complicated, but believe me, it isn't what it appears. With platforms like WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace, the process of web design has become effortless. There are just a few things you should keep in mind when designing one.
Take a look at our tips and tricks to get started.
1. Rough Layout
The very first step to designing a website is to draw a rough layout. You can make this on paper or go digital. You can design the homepage first and later, create the other webpages. And don't worry, the sketch doesn't have to be very professional looking. It just acts as a blueprint to your final design.
2. Pinterest for Inspiration
When you are drawing the rough layout, go to Pinterest and search for inspiration in your industry. Understand the color palettes, the layout, the elements used, and then make your plan. You can even create a website mood board that lists your color palette, the fonts, and the image tone based on your research.
3. Use of White Space
White Space, also called negative space, is the intentional spacing between elements. White space helps create balance, organize and structure content, and creates emphasis. Think of it as breathing space between elements, and accordingly, place your content.
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4. Optimize for Mobile
You need to make sure that your website is not just viewable but also has a seamless user experience. How to do this? Always preview the content and your webpage for mobile. Post that, think of user experience with a thumb, and re-organize the content, if required. Ask yourself questions like - does a shorter headline copy work better for mobile? Should I decrease the logo size?
5. Utilize Plugins Wherever Necessary
Plugins help expand the functionality of your website without the complexity of writing code. There is a plugin available for every purpose- from designing and productivity to security and SEO. Some essential plugins you should utilize are contact forms, SEO tools, live chat, and social widgets.
6. Color Palette
The color palette is a crucial aspect of any website, but how do you decide on one? Once you know your brand colors, you can use various online color palette tools to generate one. Paletton.com is one such tool that can help you. Lastly, think about the intent and purpose of each color that you plan to utilize.
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7. Speed Matters
Your website loading time and speed matter! First, test your load time using an online tool. Ideally, it should be 2-3 seconds, but what do you do if it is more? Optimize your images and videos, use a speed plugin, and don't use too many plugins. The website host also affects the loading time, so you should study and understand that.
8. Be Consistent
Consistency makes a significant impact on a website. Visually, creating a mood board will ease this process for you. As mentioned earlier, a mood board consists of the color palette, font pairings, design, and image tone. Utilize this dedicated mood board for the entire website, and visual consistency will automatically follow. Consistency should also be followed for functionality likewise, in terms of layout and navigation.
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