Things to Remember when Designing Your Website

by Michael H. Morgan July 3rd, 2013 

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A good web design can get your readers to read your content and navigate your site. If you are currently on the lookout for a site template or design ideas you can incorporate into your site, here are some things that you should consider:

Use Colors that are Pleasing to Your Readers' Eyes

When considering colors that you will use on your site, consider going for colors that won't hurt your readers' eyes. Choosing colors that are either too dark or too bright can make it difficult for your visitors to look at your website and read the articles you posted. Your readers will be more comfortable reading your site if it uses light colors such as light gray and white for its background and dark colors such as dark blue, dark green and black for its text.

Use Readable Fonts

Do not be overwhelmed by the number of available fonts that you can use on your site. Some fonts may be nice to look at but they can be hard to read. Stylized fonts, for example, can be difficult to read so avoid using these fonts as much as you can. Your efforts to publish quality articles on your website will be useless if your readers cannot properly read what you have written about because of your wrong choice of fonts. Go for web friendly fonts that are easily readable such as Verdana and Georgia. Remember to also set your fonts to be large enough so they can be easily read even on monitors with high resolution.

Make it Easy for Your Visitors to Look for Content and Information on Your Site

One of the primary reasons people read websites is to look for information. You should, therefore, see to it that your visitors will not have any problems with searching your site for the information that they are looking for. You can make it much easier for your visitors to find the information they need by including a search function in your website. Place a search box on your site where visitors can easily see it such as on your site's header or sidebar.

Do not Forget to Include Your Contact Information

This tip is especially crucial for business owners who are setting up a website for business purposes. People who are using the internet to buy products and avail of services use websites to get the contact information of the companies that they want to do business with. When people visit your business website, for example, and they cannot find the information that they are looking for, their tendency is to find your contact information so they can call you for their inquiries and concerns.

Avoid Clutter

A cluttered website is difficult to navigate and can overwhelm your visitors. This is why you should see to it that your site is organized and clutter-free by removing redundant media files and using too much ads. You can also organize your posts according to their category or the date they have been published.

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Michael H. Morgan

A copywriter and editor who enjoys the challenges of creativity and attention to detail. He writes about a wide variety of topics of interest in the field of social media, business, technology and current trends in the industry and creates only original content. He also writes about telecommunications and lately concentrates on business IP Phone for RingCentral .

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5 Responses to “Things to Remember when Designing Your Website”

  1. Josh Brancek says:

    Michael, thanks a lot for these tips!!! I always try to make my content at least 14px font, as I believe bigger content is more readable for visitors.

    • Ruud Hein says:

      Good idea. I often use Clearly or something like Readability to get a page easier to read.

      Font size is a nice factor to influence behaviour: larger fonts encourage scanning while smaller fonts "force" reading.

  2. Jessica says:

    I like your tip on using colors that are easy on the eyes. White background on black text has been a classic for a reason.

    I see too may websites with an entire black background and white text. It's very straining to read for too long.

    Newspapers have done white on black for years, and webmasters need to take note. Stop trying too hard to be creative. Go with what pleases the reader.

  3. Mitch says:

    thank you, i totally agree that you should avoid cluttered designs and go for neat and clear ones,
    because now we have to consider that at least 40% of the internet users browse on tablets and smartphones, so your website have to be responsive with a clear readable display on small screens.

  4. Ok, ok.. That featured image will make me want to read anything! haha