Finding a web design firm like StudioIMI with hundreds of designs and twenty years of experience involving web design can make all the difference. It is important to determine that the firm you choose doesn’t just know how to code or do fancy graphics – they need to get all the surrounding pieces that can help with fast loading, easy navigation, a friendly CMS (content management system) as well. Web design is so much more today with Google analytics, blogs, electronic newsletters and social media.
Header and Navigation
The website header and navigation should be clean and easy for visitors to navigate through the site. This should be contiguous throughout all the pages with easy to find “home” links. The main links found in the navigation are usually: home, about, contact and the other main sections of the site relative to your specific business.
Web Site Footer
If your web site has a footer section, it’s always a great area for you to recap the content pages of your web site. Sometimes it’s the last thing a user will see before they close out the browser, so make sure you add something that will make them want to click. All your pages including the ones less relevant should reside there as a roadmap.
Side Bar Menus and Content
Creating a quality web site will have a lot to do with the actual content and menu setup of your web site. You want to offer quality content on all of your pages, but you also want to have a nice menu setup so people can easily navigate through your site without getting lost. “Breadcrumbs” are a useful tool if your site is quite complex. These links show the user where they are and help guide them back out of the page they are on.
Web Site Logo
Creating the perfect logo for your web site is extremely important. Your web site logo isn’t just the first thing your site visitors are going to see, but it is also the branding that is going to stick in their heads. Make sure you create something memorable and that represents the purpose of your web site.
Future Items to cover:
Tagging images, content optimization, blogs, content writing, sales letters are several other aspects of a web design we will cover in a later article.
Putting Everything Together
Now that you know some of the key points to creating a quality web site, you can draft up a few ideas on how you would like to your website design to look. Your web design firm will understand your needs better if you provide them with as much information as possible so they can follow the concept you have in mind for your site. Rough drawings or sketches are helpful and anything you can put in writing will help the design team to hit the target you have set and your website has a better chance of success.