Designing a website is a lot more than just simply putting together a theme and uploading articles. I can make a website in under 10 minutes and then publish it and call it my website. But nobody will enjoy the sloppiness of what I just created because there is a lot more to website design than that. Depending on how you create your website, you are going to want a lot more features. For example, a blog can’t be just a bunch of text. While you can create a blog to be exactly that, it won’t be an effective blog. In order for your website to be effective, you must have a good web design. Effective web design includes links, and plenty of them. While you don’t want to have a bunch of links all over the place, a link here and there would be perfect for a blog. A great way to add links to your blog would be to have a sidebar and header. The links in your sidebar and header should link to somewhere else on your own website. These will be how the user navigates your website.
Making Your Website Visually Appealing
The whole point of web design is to make users like your website. While there are many ways to make users like your website, the best way is to have an appealing website. Not only will this bring in more viewers to your website, it will also make your viewers trust you more. For example, whenever I see a website with a bad web design, I will normally click off of it because it appears to be a spam website. The best way to get a good web design, is to understand how to create a website for yourself. The most powerful way to do that is to understand CSS. CSS is the language that will style your website. If you are not a programmer or don’t have the time to learn CSS, then I would highly recommend getting your own web designer. The reason I would get a web designer, is because they know what they are doing and will optimize your website to what you want it to be. However, getting a web designer can be quite expensive, and can take longer than using a theme. A theme is the template that your website uses. There are many great, free themes on WordPress, which is what this website uses. I will get more into ways to choose a theme in a later post.
There are a lot of small things that a user wants from a website. My personal favorite is the hover feature. This feature is what you see when you hover your mouse over a link and it changes color or style. Adding a hover feature to your links will make people want to click on them more often, which will result in a longer time stayed on your website. Whenever I am making a website design, I make sure to use the hover feature, especially in my menus. Another reason to add more small things is so that you can create a more interactive website.
Tips to Making a More Interactive Website
These days, everybody wants things to be more interactive. That is why social media is becoming very popular. So what is the best way to do this? The answer is quite simple actually. Use social media icons! People love to click on them, and they will also want to interact with you. There are many other ways to get your fans to interact with you. Most websites will include a Contact Me page, which is where a user can fill out a form to contact you or get better information on how to actually contact you. A lot of normal users, however, prefer to not use the Contact Me pages, because they think that they are specifically for businesses to contact the owner of the site. So in order for you to get your fans to interact with you, you will need to take the initiative and make it easier for them to do so. That is why I include Forums and Comments on my websites. Forums and Comments will allow people to interact with other people and interact with you as well. Both of these will make the viewer’s experience far more enjoyable.
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