Website design tips

The best designs are ones that are not noticed and do not detract from the message of the site. Most successful sites use a white background and black text or a background color that doesn’t obscure any text.

Many of the best sites on the Internet are content laden - useful information which is freely distributed. Include information relevant to your audience (i.e. how-to articles, tips and tricks, industry related news, etc.).

Your site should be periodically updated and maintained to retain repeat visitors. Also, reduce the number of outside links to prevent broken links.

Surfers will generally wait no more than 20 seconds for a page to load and usually will only remain for 20 to 60 seconds. Home pages must load quickly.

Know your intended target audience. Studies show that visitors want fast loading pages and useful information. The least important features are “bleeding edge” technologies, flashy animations and non-functional eye-candy (unless that is what you are selling and what your buyers are looking for).

Never play music files the user has no control over; Music tastes vary, and most surfers will hit the back button rather than the volume. This may count in your log as a hit but you will have lost the surfer forever.

Flashy animations and eye-candy usually are only interesting once. You must rely on fast loading useful content. Allow visitors to bypass your Flash animations and splash screens. Slow loading, flashy eye candy, animations and music are usually not impressive to visitors unless you are selling tools to create these effects. If you must use them, make them optional. This gives visitors the choice of using these options. The surest way to lose visitors is to force them to wait or listen to your musical preferences.

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It is really very important for a website to be designed well, user friendliness and look appealing that attract visitors in first look and your tips are really good and helpful. thanks for sharing.

Welcome. Hope that helps.

Very nice tips. Thanks for these pal.

Surfers will generally wait no more than 20 seconds for a page to load and usually will only remain for 20 to 60 seconds. Home pages must load quickly.

20 seconds for a page load is quite long time to wait. 8 seconds rule must be follow, especially for those use dial up .

Great tips. Perhaps we should turn this thread into more tips?

  • Always keep the user in mind in terms of use and how to please them
  • Fix broken links and other regular maintenance.
  • Visually appealing and not wacky colors
  • Don’t use white text on light background colors making it tough to read.
  • Don’t over clutter with advertisements

and so forth, someone elses turn to add.