Basic Rules Considered During the Web Design

Whether you are an amateur or a professional designer, there are certain basic rules that should be followed so that your visitors keep coming back.

1. Avoid splash screens

Using splash screens will make your site look different, but if you want your visitors to be happy, do not include a splash page on your site. Such sites are annoying to the end user, which may prevent your site from being indexed by search engines.

2. Be Consistent

Just as any brochure, newsletter or newspaper is formatted in desktop publishing program, all graphic images, headings and footers should remain consistent throughout your web site. In particular, Color coded web pages require consistency.

3. Avoid Animations:

Don’t do much animated element s in your site. A site should not have too much moving parts as it becomes confusing and not informative.

4. Avoid Browser specific features:

If you insert latest moving graphics in your site it may work only with one browser and then you have to put a phrase “Best viewed with….. Browser.” If your site is visible only in certain browser you may turn your would be visitors into alienate as well they may they may think you don’t like their favorite browser. Many people don’t know to change their browser version so if they can’t see your site in their browser, they won’t see your site. Test your website in all possible browsers like Internet Explorer, Netscape and Firefox etc so that people can view your site. In addition, there are many versions of browsers within each type, so that I.E. 7.0 does not render web pages necessarily the same as I.E.6 does.

5. Consider Navigation

Poor navigation is not effective for websites. One important thing to consider is web users should be able to access all the pages of your site from every page.

6. Consider Color

Make sure to make the lightness differences between foreground and background colors very pronounced, regardless of the color you choose.

7. Create Balanced Content

Balance your content in a page by avoiding centering the key elements of a page or displaying them off-balance. Picture that your page is divided into three portions in both horizontal and vertical directions.

8. Consider usability

• Make sure your website is downloaded within 8 seconds max.
• Beware of cutting-edge technology
• If you have moving images in your website it may impact the human vision.
• Limit your frames
• Your scrolling should be short and horizontal scrolling should be avoided.
• Always choose a web address that is simple to remember and is short.
• Make sure your contact information is in the front page.

9. Keep it simple:

Your web page should be clear, concise to the point. Reader wants to get to the heart of your content without a whole lot of distracters.