Achieve a simple web design as much as possible. You may have heard this advice all the time but it’s because it is definitely true. Some of the most efficient and well-functioning websites are those that have simple web design that allows easy navigation and best user-experience to web visitors. With so many things you can choose and add in your web design, sometimes it can be really tempting to add so many elements like pages, colors, and more. In the end, when you see the result of your design, you’ll realize that your website is far from the functional website that you really want.
To achieve a simpler but definitely more functional website, here are some webdesign tips to remember:
- Determine the elements that are really essential to your website.
Just like with prioritizing things in your life, you should also make a list of the essential elements you need for your website and prioritize those that are really crucial. Some web owners also know this but when designing their websites, they tend to get lost with the numerous options and tend to just put everything in their website. Focus on the important elements only and stick to that.
- Remove the unimportant elements.
Now that you have identified the important elements for your website, it is now time to determine those unnecessary elements and remove it from your website. Some of these unnecessary elements that may be deleted are sidebar elements, widgets, links in the footer, and blog post meta details.
- Trim the number of web pages.
One way to really make a web design simple and more functional is to reduce the number of web pages (or posts if you are starting a blog) that people have to click and explore. As much as possible, minimize the number of pages by identifying the pages that are already unnecessary or by fusing pages that can be combined into one page. With fewer web pages, your web visitors won’t find it hard to explore your site since they only need to make few clicks to find what they’re looking for. They can now focus on your content plus with fewer pages your navigation menu also becomes simpler.
- Give importance to the content above the fold.
According to studies, web visitors tend to stay longer above the fold of web pages. The fold is the specific content or part of the web page that shows up in a screen without scrolling. To increase the effectiveness of every web page and your whole website, make sure to give importance to the content that you put in this area. As much as possible, put the most essential contents of your site above the fold so people will immediately see what your site is about when they go to your website. Put your navigation menu at the top of the website and shorten the height of your header if you have a logo.
- Minimize the use of different colors.
With so many colors to choose from when designing a website, some users tend to be really excited in using many colors without actually thinking if the colors really complement each other or will look good with other elements in the website. Using too many colors sometimes also make a website look really crowded and unprofessional – like it was designed by a kid. The simpler and fewer colors, the sleeker, more elegant, and more professional-looking a website will be especially if you choose colors that go well with each other. As much as possible use only about 2 to 4 types of colors in your website or start with a simple color scheme.