Your website can serve a lot of functions. For example, it can serve as a representation of your company, a lead generator or a selling machine. In this day and age, every respectable and serious company or business endeavor must have their own website. If you don’t have a website yet, this means you will have to build one.
So, what are the things that I should know about basic website building for 2015? And, what important tips that I should not ignore? If you are asking yourself these questions, then stick around as this article is going to cover the answers.
Most web designers out there will often use the buzzword Responsive Design. So, what is it exactly?
Responsive Design is just a fancy term for a website that is able to adapt to the user’s gadget and/or platform.
It used to be that web designers simply developed websites for desktop or laptop use. These days, statistics show that more and more people are accessing websites via tablets or smartphones.
If your website is not able to adapt to the gadget or platform, then your website might now display properly. Ultimately, your visitors will click or press the “back” button before ever reading a word from your content.
Hence, make sure that your website puts a high priority on “Responsive Design”. Otherwise, your visitors simply leave as soon possible.
Navigation Bar is commonly referred as the “Nav Bar” in web design circles. As the name suggests, the Nav Bar is that bar in which different tabs are located. Some of these tabs may be “contact us”, “about us” or “services”.
Your online visitors intuitively look for the Nav Bar, which is often located near the header or other sides of the content.
The real problem is when a website developer tries to get creative with the Nav Bar. Sometimes, web developers “hide” the nav bar or have it floating around the website. Do not do this. Always remember that convenience and usability will always win over creativity when it comes to website design.
Big Image Trend
When it comes to web design, it is important to stay current with the trends. However, keep in mind that not all trends are worth following.
One of the rising trend in web design is the big image trend. Websites tend to place big images on the header or put a huge image on the background. Some would argue that it’s a good way of keeping the website “fresh”, as you simply just need to replace the image.
There is one glaring problem with the idea. Huge images take time to load. According to Google research, your visitor will likely move to a different website if your website takes more than a second to load.
When it comes to website trend, observe but do not immediately follow. Always remember the fundamentals, which states that a convenience, simple and clean website will always be preferred by online visitors.
The year is 2015 and there are new trends when it comes to web design. A few notable tips when building your website for the year 2015 are building a website with a responsive design, place the navigation bar accordingly and avoid huge images.