We have all seen all the messiest, most confusing websites before and they are no pleasure to browse! When creating and designing your website, the user experience must be considered throughout the entire building process. The best place to start is the beginning, especially because getting off on the wrong foot with a new design project happens easily if you over-eagerly dive in and let excitement outmuscle an organized and steady approach. Getting started the right way often proves vital to the success of a website design. There are many things to consider as you begin and here are website design tips from pros this 2018 which you can use even when your business is just a startup.
Begin with a pencil and paper as your initial web design guide. For many in the design community, the only way to start a project is to unplug from the computer and go analog. You are not yet familiar with the tools and software to use so it is safe to sketch the design peg that you like. Pen and paper is a popular approach in the early stages of a project, and it provides a refreshing, focused perspective right off the bat.
Timeline and Deadline
As you begin, pay special attention to deadlines. Many in the industry admit that, for whatever reason, they pay little or no attention to deadlines that have been established. Deadlines should hover in the back of our minds, not actively interfering, merely acting as a subtle reminder that we have a schedule to stick to. A deadline is a motivator for some and merely represents the endpoint for others. Some designers would keep going and redesign indefinitely if they do not have a deadline to meet. Great design takes time but set a realistic deadline.
Keep it Simple
A design is a dynamic and communicative field in which countless elements come together to convey the intended message. Yet the more you add to a design, the more cluttered it becomes and the more likely the message will be muddled. So, keep your designs simple so that people focus on content and strive to create the simplest presentation possible that communicates effectively.
Less than Three Fonts
The more fonts you incorporate into a website, the messier it will look. Aim to have a separate font for your headers, your body content and one other element either your logo or calls-to-action.
Use the Best Colors
Your website should have a cohesive color tone to it. Just like fonts, do not include a ton of different colors, just select a color scheme. But do not forget to choose a noticeable color for your CTA’s as the main purpose of this is to be easily recognizable by your visitors.
One thing that you must consider when designing your website is whether you want it to be responsive or not. And when you decide to make it responsive, make sure it works across all channels and multiple devices. More and more people are accessing the internet via their smartphones, so it pays to have your site working perfectly for them. If it does not, you are instantly limiting your potential audience. Actually, there is really no reason why you would not want your site to work on multiple devices, but it is important to consider because there are some themes that are not responsive to other devices.