Website design takes time, especially if you are new to it. Making your projects more efficient saves time and money. No matter what type of website you are designing, these five tips will help.
1. Create Goals for the Site
Establish goals before you create your website. If there are no goals for the site, it will be much harder to design the website. The goals of the website should lead you through the design process. An example of a good goal is a S.M.A.R.T. goal. This means the goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. Once you have the goals, it is time for the next step.
2. Create a Detailed Plan
The most frustrating part is when something goes wrong that you did not plan for. Creating a very detailed plan of your design process beforehand will help fix this. Create a step-by-step process for the website. Start with the most important parts of your website. Map out the journey you want your visitors to take on your site.
3. Know the Brand and Tone
Knowing the brand and tone you want before you start designing your website is crucial. Make sure to use brand colors and fonts when you begin designing. This ensures that the website matches the company it is for. It also saves you from having to go back and add any branding. When you have the brand and tone in mind, the website will be much more cohesive.
4. Optimize for All Platforms
Create the website to be desktop and mobile-friendly. It may be easy to focus on the desktop version of your website. But focusing on the mobile version is equally important. Visitors will be able to have a positive experience on the website no matter what platform they are on. This also stops you from having to go back and change the website to make sure it is mobile-friendly.
5. Testing: More Important than You Think
Test the website as much as you can. Make sure you test all navigation that is possible on the site. Testing will help flush out any problems that a visitor could incur. It leads to more efficient design and happy visitors. It also saves time of going back later and having to fix any problems.
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