Web design is a tricky art that combines both the creative and the analytical skill sets to create something unique and visually compelling. At the end of the day, good web design is more than the sum of its parts. Beginner and amateur designers may think that web design consists of finding a web host that’s reliable and simply uploading a pre-designed template, but there’s more to it than that, much much.
The above is the introduction to a post that recently appeared online at speckyboy Design magazine. I thought it appropriate for this blog since it deals with beginning web design which many genealogists are trying to do. It does not matter whether you are hosting your site on RootsWeb servers or are paying for hosting somewhere. These seven tips offer some good advice.
- Site Navigation – One of the most important aspects of designing your site is the site navigation. Your menu should appear on evey page of your site as who knows where you visitor will enter – maybe by a side door rather than the front door. Can he or she get to other parts of your site or only back to the Home Page. Spend some time thinking about and designing your Site Navigation.
- Typography - Eye catching fonts that are not distracting allow you to do a lot with a little. Don’t overdo it with too many font changes or use fonts that you viewer may not have on their computer.
- Page Layout – A clean and well organized layout will keep your visitors from getting lost and confused. Spend some time organizing your site with plain old paper and pencil before you actually start the design process.
- User Interaction
- The Color Palette -Color selection can make a big difference when it come to designing an attractive website. Choosing colors that go well together and compliment your design can take time but it is well worth it in the long run.
- Page Optimization – Speed and responsiveness are both a front-end and a back-end issue. Everything on your site does not have to appear on the Home page. Make sure you use good search engine optimization techniques when building your pages.
- Overall Focus and Goals - Ask yourself what your site is trying to accomplish and what message you want to communicate to your audience, and you’ll have a better idea of how to proceed.
You can read Seven Super Quick Tips for Beginner and Amateur Web Designers in its entirety.