The 10 Commandments Of Web design

The 10 Commandments Of Web design
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The world of web design is complicated. There are thousands of designers with their own ideas about how to design a page and make it look right. With different browsers it is even more complicated to create a design that looks good everywhere. If you are looking for a new web designer, follow the 10 commandments of web designing before hiring any web design agency.

Designs should be clear

A website should tell visitors what the site is about from the first page. A person should not visit a site and spend five minutes trying to figure out why they got there. A design should clearly present the company or blog and communicate to visitors what they can gain from the website.

Designs should match the theme of the site

Designs should match the theme of the site

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A website about angels should not have a theme full of fire and skulls. The website colors, photos, and textures should communicate the site’s branding to the visitor. It may be surprising, but the small details like colors and font can go a long way toward helping visitors understand the goal of a website.

Designs should not have an overload of music, sounds, or photos

Designs should not have an overload of music, sounds, or photos

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There are few things more irritating than visiting a site that suddenly blasts sound, videos, or music at you. Many people view sites in a quiet environment and do not want to be blasted with music from 80s hair bands. If you must provide sounds or video clips on a website, make sure the visitor can turn them on if they wish to see or hear the content, rather than forcing visitors to listen. The same rules go for photos. If a visitor has to scroll down over 50 photos before reaching the site content, then the design is flawed.

Designs should not be overwhelmed with ads

Ads bring money to sites, and most websites have at least a couple of ads to support the operation costs of the site. However, a website that has more ads than content is distracting and makes people want to leave. No one wants to feel pressured into viewing ads or forced to buy products. This is especially true for pop-up ads that prevent visitors from viewing content until the ad is finished. Even high-profile websites suffer from this design mistake.

Designs should be easy to navigate

If a visitor cannot get to where he or she wants to go, then the design of the site is flawed. Each page should have a clear navigation system that helps visitors view each section of the site. For example, an online store should have clear links to the home page, item categories, and the shopping cart from each page on the site. A visitor should always be able to view other parts of the site from every other page.

Designs should not have clashing colors or patterns

Designs should not have clashing colors or patterns

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Have you ever visited any of the websites that look like they were designed by blind monkeys? These sites have so many clashing colors and patterns that it is physically painful to stay and look at the site. The site design should have colors and patterns that work well together. Color inspiration guides can help prevent color clashing. The same thing goes for background color and font color. If you have to strain to read the oddly colored font on the page, then you should rethink the design.

Designs should work with all browsers

Designs should work with all browsers

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In today’s online world, visitors come from a variety of browsing tools, from mobile apps to Internet Explorer, and many others. To reach the largest audience possible, your design should work with all browsers.

Designs should have balance

Designs should have balance

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A webpage is like a form of art. It needs balance and harmony to look good. Placing everything on one side of the page makes the site look lopsided and gives an unprofessional appearance to the site.

Designs should have navigation continuity

Customers should be able to find what they need in the same way on each page. If the category selections are on the left on one page, then they need to remain on the left for all other pages of the site.

Designs should be consistent from page to page

It looks odd to have one page decorated in a black and red theme, and the next page in a blue and gold theme. Stick to the same color scheme and basic layout on every page of the site.

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Nick Levitan

Nick Levitan

This is a guest post by Nick Levitan, convinced that coding will become mainstream, maybe we should all be studying the internet more closely at a College of Business and Technology.
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  • http://explainafide.com.au Robin Jennings

    Nice post- catchy title too

    Thou shall not clutter the screen unnecessarily.

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  • http://www.forixwebdesign.com/ Brian Taylor

    I agree with all these points especially “A website should tell visitors what the site is about from the first page”. Every web designers must keep this all 10 points in mind while designing a website…

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    Hi,
    To make a perfect website every web designer have to understand clients requirement and then design website which fulfill all requirements of the client.
    Thanks

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  • http://www.nicklevitan.com Nick Levitan

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

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  • Nelz

    Thank you for the great info, just in time because I’m, about to ask somebody to design my website

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