Clean and simple web design styles have their own inherent benefits – the site load time improves, and designing these sites is easier versus graphically complex websites. On top of that a professional, clean design leaves a mark on the mind of visitors. Let’s check out what constitutes the basic building blocks of a professional website design with these web design tricks:
1. Going with small image sizes in the range of 10-12KB is ideal. Although the broadband users’ numbers is swelling, still the issue of ‘slow pages’ hasn’t been resolved completely. Big sized images slow down the pages pathetically.
2. Blinking images are a turn-off. Frequently changing images or the ones that flash are better avoided, because they are needlessly annoying.
3. Graphics should match well with the content. Barring the ‘design’ images that help build the design of the page, stick with images that are relevant to the content.
4. Standard layouts are the way forward. Using 6 or 8 frames on a single page looks cute but on the flip side they puzzle the viewers. A 3-column layout looks simple and is popular on websites because it’s more easily understood.
5. White space is a key factor that influences the way content is viewed. It’s not a mere CSS property rather a key function of your layout. Deeply analyze the white space on your pages vis-a-vis how it impacts how the content is viewed.
6. Make smart use of graphics. With a bit of creativity you make a page to stand out. Make graphics the real elements of your layout. One of the supreme examples in this case is wrapping text around images.
7. What works for print may not work on the web. Using Sans-Serif fonts for online body text is a good option. Sens-serif is easily readable on a PC monitor because its screen resolution is less compared to print. Serif fonts tend to blur the text so are not suitable for the normal text, use them for headlines instead.
8. Put a cap on the number of fonts used. It’s often seen that when we change the fonts more than often, it looks inept. A more professional approach is to go with not more than two or three font families for your page and site.
9. You will be better off if you stick with standard font families. Using fonts like Verdana, Geneva, Arial, and Helvetica may look a bit on the boring side, but when you view them on the pages they tell a different story. Also, the designs look accurate on most of the browsers.
10. Don’t go overboard with the ads. Too many ads showing up on a single page are going to distract the viewers. If tons of ads are spread throughout the page, the viewers can get panicky and they may abandon the page.
11. Stick with small size images. Blinking/flashing is a strict no-no, and trust small size images – they give a positive feel to the visitor. If the visitors find the content relevant, they’ll obviously click the ad.
Focus on your Viewers
12. Multiple browser testing is mandatory. Web pages need to be designed for viewing on different types of browsers including mobile browsers. Web pages compatible with all browsers give you an extra edge over your competitors. That way your web pages can be viewed by more people.
13. Test on multiple operating systems. Make sure your pages work nicely on most of the operating systems. Maintaining operating systems compatibility goes a long way in making your website display well on any standard desktop, laptop, or PDA.