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From blogs to storefronts, a great website design is always key in presenting your content to the world. The information contained in this article will help you to build a website that looks great, functions cleanly and brings you the web design inspiration you deserve!
To help your website visitors navigate through your site, design it so that it’s easy for them to find the most important “stuff” they need. When you have a simple site that makes it quick and easy to find essential information, you keep your target audience engaged much longer. However, if you make it hard for them, they will get frustrated and click away. These users’ behaviors have an impact on your website Bounce Rate, so your goal is to make sure your pages’ bounce rate stays low.
1. Your website should be able to be scanned without challenging issues. There are various tests on usability that demonstrate that most online readers do not actually read all the text on the page; instead, they quickly scan it to find something that interests them. Easily-skimmed content will make it easier on readers and will entice them to come back another time. Keep the most pertinent information near the top, this will offer your visitors a better user experience since they can easily find what they’re looking for.
3. Have an XML and an HTML site map. These are useful both to your visitors and to the search engines, as they offer a detailed outline of your entire site. It can be used as a guide for users searching for a certain part of your website, and give you the opportunity to keep track of its structure and layout.
4. Build your website using a content management system. Taking time to learn how to build a website using just HTML and CSS is good foundation, but this can only create a static website. But now website development provides more dynamic content than ever before (like WordPress blogging platform) and it’s time to take advantage of that.
If you have never designed a web page, try using pre-made layouts. These can easily be outsourced or bought if you don’t know how to create them yourself. Having an interesting layout will draw attention to content and give the site a professional look and feel. Make sure your layout is engaging to your target audience!
5. Your logo is a key component of your brand image, and it should be one of the first items people see when they go to your website. So make sure your business logo is well-designed and prominently on every page of your site. If you can’t come up with a good idea for a logo, there is a very affordable web design service that will make you one at a relatively low cost.
The one that I like for its ease of use and high-quality service is called DesignCrowd. With their services, you can outsource the design of all your most important creative items like logos, flyers, websites, T-shirts, brochures, business cards, and much more. The nice thing about it is that you can create a project and have multiple designers coming up with designs for you to review. You may receive more than hundreds of web design inspiration but you will only pay for the design that you really love.
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The best thing about using DesignCrowd is their 100% money back guarantee, where you’ll have 30 days of posting your project to Request a refund and they will refund 100% of your project budget without questions.
Just keep in mind that they will not refund your posting fees which are normally around US$50 and any upgrade fees you’ve paid them (such as the private project or featured upgrade, transaction fees, etc.). But since you’ll receive normally more than a hundred of designs and with their unlimited revisions, it is unlikely that you will nog find a design you really like.
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I hope you’ve learned from this article, brought to you by DesignCrowd, and feel confident that you’re ready to get started in the world of website design. Whether you are just starting to outsource your website design or you plan to do some freelance graphic design, your first step is learning how it’s properly done. Now you can move on to the fun stuff!
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