Website Layout and Design

Visitors will find it difficult to make a purchase or even find the information they are searching for on sites with poor navigation or bad functionality. On a poorly designed site, it can be difficult to know what to do next, once you’ve found what you’re looking for. If you want your visitors to take any sort of ‘action’, you need to give them some clues as to what that may be.

It will be difficult to sell your product if your buy-it page link is hard to find. One of the most important issues in web design is ease of functionality, and clear buttons and links will make your site much easier for visitors to read and navigate.

Keep to the point. If something distracts the attention of the user, it more than likely will distract them from action. Minimize the number of pages between the point of entry and the point of sale.

Intuitiveness is key in terms of navigability and use of hyperlinks. The navigation section needs to be plainly demarcated as separate from the primary content of your web page. Users of the website should be able to locate information by no more than three clicks. To make sure that your site is easy to navigate and understand, you should give specific tasks to accomplish on your site to several different people, and encourage them to give you constructive feedback. Utilize this feedback to enhance the user experience.

A number of website owners make the mistake of choosing style over actual content. Flash, as an example. When Flash is used to excess, it may require extra time to load, and lead your viewers to grow impatient. More important still, an excess of distracting features will actually detract from your message. The purpose of style is to augment and highlight your site’s main message, rather than take away the viewer’s attention. Video, animation, and other forms of graphics all have their place within the content delivery stream. In your website, however, your main message shouldn’t be lost.

A different issue happens if you construct an attractive and instructive site, and then neglect it. The information becomes stale in just a few months. Countless outdated online sites exist, and anyone visiting one of these outdated websites is bound to feel let down and will rarely make a return trip to that site.

Make sure your website is validated. When a website doesn’t “validate”, it means you must rely to a degree on the browser’s “estimate” of how it should work, and not all browsers are equally accommodating. Without trying out your site in each of the usual browsers, you have no way of knowing exactly how it looks on the monitors of your target viewers.

Don’t forget accessibility to the handicapped. Web sites should be accessible to as broad a spectrum of users as they possibly can be. Furnish links taking users to the primary content directly under the banner; this allows users of screen readers the choice to avoid having to deal with the navigation of each page.

Stephen Grisham, Sr. is a copy writer for InfoServe Media, LLC. InfoServe Media is a Houston web site designer and web hosting company. If you would rather make a Do-It-Yourself website, InfoServe Media also offers a way to create a site yourself with a very powerful and easy to use site builder. They also provide domain registration, search engine optimization (SEO) and more.

A World in HDR – The Book Announcement
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I am very excited to announce an HDR Book entitled “A World in HDR”! It’s a 216-page book that should be everything you have been waiting for. The vast majority of the book contains select pieces from the portfolio along with extended descriptions, tips, and more information about how the photo was achieved. The second part of the book contains the HDR Tutorial along with a few bonus steps to help you get extra oomph in your creations!

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