Creating A Quality Web Site Design

Creating A Quality Web Site Design



In this article, I will attempt to​ cover the​ basics of​ creating a​ great quality web design template for​ your site. Now it's a​ known fact that the​ layout or​ "eye candy" as​ I put it​ will determine whether your visitors will stay more than 15 seconds or​ they will just become another statistic.

In this article, I will attempt to​ cover the​ basics of​ creating a​ great quality web design template for​ your site. Now it's a​ known fact that the​ layout or​ "eye candy" as​ I put it​ will determine whether your visitors will stay more than 15 seconds or​ they will just become another statistic.
That's right, if​ you don't catch your visitors attention right away, statistics shows us that your visitors will come and​ go within 15 seconds or​ less.

That doesn't leave you with a​ lot of​ time to​ grab someone's attention!

Some of​ you may be asking yourself: Well why does this happen????

See when you think about it, 15 seconds to​ the​ "browsing eye" is​ like an​ eternity. in​ other words, it​ takes about 15 seconds for​ the​ average person to​ browse your main page and​ determine whether they will explore your site further!

So with that being said; How do we grab your visitors attention????

Every new client of​ mine is​ asked to​ perform the​ same tasks. I ask them to​ explore their competitors web sites and​ look for​ specific triggers that would make them want to​ click on or​ buy right away. More times than none, my clients will notice specific "Headlines" or​ "Graphics" that really peek their interest. in​ doing this, you'll have 1st hand knowledge on what you expect your visitors will see and​ possibly expect themselves.

Step 2, I'll ask my clients to​ do one more process just like the​ previous one. I'll ask them to​ make a​ list of​ all the​ "eye candy" that really caught their attention and​ write me a​ little note as​ to​ why it​ caught their attention. in​ doing this, it​ will give your web designer a​ 1st hand knowledge on what to​ implement within your site!!!

With these great tasks, you've made your job and​ the​ job of​ your web designer a​ lot easier to​ target your audience.

Sites that sell "Web Site Templates" :

You may have seen some sites that sell your the​ right for​ a​ specific "Template Style". There are 100's of​ resources out there. I need to​ clarify something for​ you, these templates are targeted at​ web designers only!!! Reason being, the​ files that you receive will no doubt require some expensive and​ time consuming software just to​ open them.

Now being a​ designer, I'm not about to​ "knock" pre-made templates but there's a​ couple of​ things you may want to​ consider:

1) Although the​ templates you may encounter are very impressive, you will be sharing your layout template with 100's, maybe 1000's of​ other sites. the​ reason why they are so cheap is​ because those "specific templates" are sold and​ re-sold as​ much as​ possible!

2) I've noticed that many template examples out there on the​ web are extremely "Graphic Driven". This will result in​ "slow loading times". I'm sure we've all come across a​ site that seemed to​ take FOREVER to​ load!! How long did you actually wait for​ the​ site to​ load????

The best way to​ get a​ template is​ to​ have someone professional design your web site layout for​ you! This will ensure that your template is​ uniquely designed for​ your business. it​ will be easier for​ you to​ make changes in​ the​ future. Typically, a​ template may cost you between $0-$500 depending on the​ intensity and​ added features!

Now, we've talked about "Slow loading pages". I've found a​ good "norm" to​ stick with when it​ comes to​ size and​ speed: Web sites are compiled of​ 2 elements:

1) Graphics & Layouts
2) Programming & Pages

Both of​ them require memory from your computer when downloading them. if​ one or​ the​ other is​ too large then this may result in​ negative results for​ your visitors.

Here's a​ good norm to​ stick with, either you or​ your web designer should stick with these specs:

1) Graphic Design Layout: Should be no more than: 30-50K in​ size
2) Programming Pages: Shouldn't be more than: 10-30k in​ size

Giving your entire web page no more than 40k-80k in​ size. Anything drastically more will result in​ the​ loss of​ many visitors from slow downloading pages.

Animation: Last but not least, making "some" aspects of​ you page stand out by adding small size animations. PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT overkill your site with graphics and​ animation!!! I can't stress this enough, your visitors will most likely get a​ head ache from it​ and​ won't be coming back very soon.

Instead, try targeting specific promotions or​ services you wish to​ attract your visitors to​ right away! Many sites exchange "animated banners" with other sites to​ exchange traffic. I personally NEVER take part in​ adding ANY banners on my site. I honestly feel that banners only take away from the​ design, not add to​ it! a​ typical "Banner Dimension" is​ 468px x 60px.
There are many other sizes!

What I will usually take part in, if​ any, is​ smaller, more unique banners that are geared to​ complimenting an​ article or​ text with it. This is​ much more effective because study shows us that "Content (text)" accompanied by a​ "graphic image" is​ more likely to​ be read by our visitors than just text on it's own.

That about raps it​ up to​ having an​ effective web site template. Please look for​ my "continued" issues related to​ this article.




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