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Principles of Effective Web Page Designs

Principles of Effective Web Page Designs

What are the things that all the effective web page designs have in common? Here is a list of principles that all the successful websites follow:

Think about your target

Before actually building your website you must think about what is your audience that you want to target and what are your goals. What kind of information you are planning to provide, what is the age average of your visitors and what do they expect to find on your website? These are some basic questions that every good web designer knows the answer for.

Plan the “family tree” of pages for your website

Take a pen and a piece of paper and make some plans for how you want the pages of your websites to be linked together. Put the important information up front so a visitor can easily find what he’s looking for.

Don’t be annoying

Try not to catch the user’s attention by all means. Do not annoy your visitors since they are more clever than you might think. Analyze your own behavior on other websites and think about what you can do in order for your users not to get bored on your website. If you haven’t noticed, all the successful web page designs praise the intelligence of the visitors.

Don’t be too poetic

You must always have in mind what is the thing that your visitors really need when they come on your website and try to deliver it as quickly and as best you can. If a user doesn’t find the information that he’s looking for after 2 clicks on your website, he might click the “back” button of his browser and choose other website to search the information that he needs.

Make accessibility the main purpose of your website

A good web designer knows how to take advantage of the online environment. A visitor should theoretically never encounter an entire screen of text. Users will appreciate your website and your content more if you provide a link for every URL address that you talk about.

Be straightforward

You must give your site the title that it describes it the best. The descriptions and the introductions are very important since they persuade a user to visit your website. Don’t give too much information at once. The beauty of the online environment is that you can create structure for the information that you provide in order for the visitors to be able to find what they are looking for in only a few seconds. Suppose that the laziest person entered on your website and he would have only 1 minute to figure it out how to use it and find what he was looking for. Think about the web page designs that Ebay, Google or Amazon have. They may be a good example for accessible websites. Use simple words and try to structure the information as much as you can – using scannable layout, short phrases and bullet lists will make your website appear more structured.