5 highly effective website design guidelines

Any business which has an online presence will almost certainly do so using a website. With so many templates now available you could literally have one up and running in a day. However, contrary to the mantra, ‘build it and they will come’, without an effective design, proper website development, and conversion factors addressed, you will struggle for traffic. More importantly, any traffic you do get, will not take the desired actions you hope for. Website design and development consist of a multitude of principles and best practices, which sadly all too many businesses are unaware of, or simply do not know how to implement. This is why using a website development company to build or redesign your website is almost always the best route to take. One of the most important reasons is that they will up to date and fully aware of the current best practice and guidelines, especially as it applies to SEO and ranking on Google. These guidelines could literally take up an entire book, however, there are some which take precedence.

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Benefits of responsive websites

You have probably heard of the term responsive website, but understanding exactly what it is can take some research and time. Responsive websites have become the new buzzword in today’s world of mobile web browsing, where users visit websites on a range of devices ranging from a traditional computer, to iPads to comparatively small screen smartphones. A website needs to be able to function well on all of these devices if it is to be successful. This article will provide a brief outline of what responsive websites are and why they are beneficial for all website owners. What is a responsive website? At its heart, a responsive website is a flexible type of web design that allows a site to display correctly on any device, from the largest LCD monitors to the smallest smartphones. In essence, the website should be able to automatically format itself to fit the display that it is being viewed on.

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Mobile design vs standard web design

We have a new age of handheld mobile devices, including smartphones, pads, and tablets. Yet many of our design ideas still come from the old world Internet populated entirely by computers and laptops. If your site hasn’t had a makeover in more than five years, it’s as good as closed as far as the mobile web is concerned. Here’s a list of ways your site needs to be improved to meet the mobile user’s needs: Fast load times. Unlike computer users, mobile web users just do not have the time to stand around waiting for your site or app to load. Keep the bandwidth way, way down from what you used to load, and users will come back more often. Limit text data fields. For instance, instead of making each user fill out their life history to sign up with you, let them auto-sign-in with Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Disqus, and so on.

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