Thursday, February 26, 2009

Design Clean and Simple Website Pages part-4

Does it irritate you when you go to a website and the pages are far from being clean and simple? Do overcrowded pages make you want to exit or stay on the website? Have you taken a good look at Google's pages compared to Yahoo's site?

Take a look and I think you will see what I mean. Google has the value of simplicity figured out when it comes to website pages.

Nothing irritates me more than going to a website and there are hundreds of things flashing, spinning, flipping and jumping in an attempt to get my attention. I like to be able to find what I am looking for quickly.

Usually if I can't find something that relates to the title of what I was searching for on the page within a few seconds, I exit. The chances of me ever searching that site again are slim because of my first impression.

It's also good to plan what is going to be on your site by categories and sub categories. For instance, if your site is about automobiles, you may have a sub categories for trucks, sports cars, or luxury vehicles. Then, the next option would be brand names such as Ford, Lexis or Porsche.

Here's a quick reference of things to consider when designing your Homestead website.

1) Keep pages free from too much clutter
2) Create easy to follow navigation paths
3) Avoid using flashing, spinning, scrolling and bouncing things on your website pages.
4) Do not insert too many advertisements
5) Keep your content in short paragraphs so people can quickly scan the page looking for what they are trying to find, or learn.
6) You only get one first impression, make it count.
7) Don't just build but plan your websites pages and layout carefully

If we can keep these simple things in mind, when desiging our Homestead website, more visitors will stay on our site longer. When the pages are clean of clutter, have an easy navigation systen to follow, and the content is worth reading visitors will not bounce off of the site immediately. A simple design with interesting content will keep your visitors coming back for more.
SiteBuilder Newbies
part 1-Making Changes
part 2-Designing Pages
part 3-Different Browsers
part-4 Design Clean and Simple Website Pages



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