Do’s and don’ts of website design

Do’s and don’ts of website design

Keep in mind: Always try and make things as clear and easy as possible for your visitors. What may be obvious to you may not be to your visitors.

  1. Do make the site attractive. Avoid too many colors and busy background
  2. Do make the titles on your web page make sense. Instead of “sleep in paradise” title the page “Accommodations” – it is more straight forward & to the point
  3. Do use text that your customers understand. Industry terminology will be lost on regular people (I.E say “horseback riding” not “equestrian experience”)
  4. Do use light flash for attractiveness and interest (Scrolling image etc). Don’t go overboard however with things moving all over the place. People tend to get distracted and leave site when there’s a lot of moving elements.
  5. Do make the site easy to navigate. Visitors should find what they are looking for in 3 steps or less… And be able to go back where they came from.
  6. Do include calls to action where appropriate. Tell people what you want them to do (donate now, reserve, contact us etc.)
  7. Do use a consistent menu throughout the site. Don’t make people have to search for your menu
  8. Do keep important information “Above the fold.” Don’t make your visitors scroll down several pages to find the good stuff
  9. Do use consistent fonts, colors, structure, and layouts throughout the website. You want people to focus on our message not sort through a menagerie of designs
  10. Do make it easy for people to contact you. Put your contact information on every page and have a clear contact us tab.
  11. Do use a footer navigation and a site map. It’s all about making the site user-friendly (and search engine like it too)
  12. Do use search engine and user friendly technology.
  13. Don’t force people to download a new browser or special plug-in to see your site. They will just get frustrated
  14. Don’t build a site in all flash. It take long to load, you can’t use the back button, search engine hate it, an its hard to update
  15. Don’t use fuzzy, unclear small pictures. Nothing is more unprofessional that out-of-focus, grainy pictures, that are hard to figure out.
  16. Don’t’ use pictures with large file size. Optimizes and resize pictures for the web before uploading them NOT after.
  17. Don’t underline text unless it’s a link you’ll just confuse people
  18. Don’t center, bold or capitalize all your text. It makes it hard to read
  19. Don’t be creative with you menu links. Name your menu links what they are, don’t make people guess
  20. Don’t let people leave your site. Links to other sites or documents should open in new windows
  21. Don’t have music or sound start automatically. There’s nothing worse than having uninvited music start when your headphones are on and volumes is full

References www.secretsites.com