Beginner’s Guide To Website Design: Essential Tips [Part 2]

In the first part, we’ve shared some guidelines and website design tips for beginners. Now we will discuss the requirements that you should include in your website.

The Requirements Need In Designing A Website

1. The Header And Footer

Add them on several of your pages, including your homepage, blog articles, and “No results found” page. The logo, organization name, menu navigation, CTA, and search bar should be in your header. Place contact info, a signup form, links to common pages, legal and privacy policies, translated versions of your website, and social media links in your footer.

2. The Menu Navigation

Every website needs a navigation guide at the top of the homepage and other significant pages. A good menu reduces the number of clicks to any portion of your website. HubSpot’s site uses dropdown menus with links to decrease clutter.

3. Add A Search Bar

Add a search bar to your pages so people can search for information by keyword. Ensure that results are relevant, typo-tolerant, and keyword-matching. Most people use Google, Amazon, YouTube, or another good search engine daily. These define your site search.

4. Branding

The logo in the upper left corner is present almost everywhere. Many users’ eyes automatically go to this area after landing to ensure they are where they should be. To emphasize this, use your business branding in every element, article, and color scheme.

5. Use Color Palette

The color scheme you choose greatly impacts your website’s usability and appealability. Choose up to three to four bright colors. Creating a color palette from scratch for the first time might be quite challenging. We have a natural sense of which colors go well together and which don’t.

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6. The Headings

On text-heavy pages, headings establish a visual hierarchy. A crisp, concise header tells readers to stop scroll after getting what they need. Too much blown-up and bolded text may diminish this effect, so only use as many headings as your website has sections.

7. Clear The Labels

User actions on your website must be clear. To communicate their purpose, buttons should have text or icons. In-text links and widgets too. User testing can help. New users don’t know what your interactive website elements do, but you do. Testing will show you what users think the labels mean.

8. Add Media And Visuals

Be consistent and goal-directed when adding images, gifs, videos, or other media to your pages. Choose carefully because these elements will stand out and stick in users’ minds. Images and videos should be search engine optimized and include descriptive alt text for easy access.

9. Use Call-To-Action

Call-to-action is page elements that prompt user action. Add a product to a card, download content, or sign up for an email list. Start making your CTA elements visible but not distracting, much like most click-through ads.

10. Use Whitespace

How much white space ought to be present? That is a different personal decision that differs from site to site. User testing is helpful in this situation as well. On what are people focusing? Are they feeling overpowered by the volume of information? Everything comes back to our guidelines, simplicity, once more.

Finally, we are done. We hope our website design tips will give you many ideas and guidelines as a beginner.

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