Even though web designers have their own plan when creating a website, there is a common checklist that every designer should follow. No matter how a designer can try to avoid the checklist, he or she will eventually have to follow it. It is important to understand that the checklist will give you the elements that will define the layout of the website. The following are some of the elements of a professional website layout.
Space is an essential element when it comes to web design because it determines several things—from readability to the flow of the website. Today, many web designers are using space in a manner that wasn’t used before. Many sites have a lot of spaces, good spacing between the text lines, as well as a lot of open space in the entire site.
Space helps in creating focal points for your visitors. A text or image enclosed by white space appears larger than an image or text crammed in a tighter or smaller location in the site. Note that, when we say white space it does not mean literally white space. But it means a lack of components, that can be a texture or background color.
Your site should not have complicated navigation. In fact, your users should be able to identify and use the navigation easily. In addition, the site should have minimum navigational menus to avoid overwhelming the users. Your site should have a maximum of ten items in the navigation menu, but this depends on the nature of your site.
Navigation also comprises of the tools that assist your users in navigating through the site. Your website should include things like directional arrows, which make the website friendlier to the users. You should understand that your visitors will interact with your site for longer if they find it easier to use and also to navigate through the site.
It is essential for small site owners or businesses to tell the users who they are and what they do. However, this is not very important for major companies, even though it is a common practice. The About Us page tells the user more about you and the things you do. Besides, the section can describe the goals and philosophies of your company, as well as how the website came to be in existence.
In addition, you can use the page to add your success stories, user or customer testimonials. You can also use this page to guide the user to other pages in your site or your social media accounts. However, you need to ensure that the page is straightforward, and it gives the users the information they need. In addition, it should have an interesting design.
This information mostly appears in the following ways—at the Contact Us section or at the main navigation—, especially in the header section. Any of these options can be suitable for your site, depending on its design.
But, you need to ensure that you keep it visible. In addition, don’t forget to include things like the physical address, phone number, or a way to contact the owner of the site as it adds validity to the site.