Website Design Advice

We have put together some website design advice, mainly to website designers.  We trust these useful tips and hints will provoke thought and discussion.

Many website designers in the UK have out of date websites themselves.  But you spend so much time working for clients you say, you are too busy you say.  But you need to think about your own website’s design?  Do you need help?  Do you need an outside pair of eyes?  Do you need expert advice?

Website design is a simple process, but get it wrong, and your business (no-matter what size) will fail.  At Marketing Quotes, we talk with thousands of website designers that say ‘we are so busy with our clients websites, we have no time do consider our own’.

If you are looking for a website designer – then fill in the form above to get free website design advice from local website designers.  We can save you time going through googlebing or other search engines.

Website Design Advice For Website Design Agencies

There are thousands and thousands of website design agencies around the UK and you are all very different.  All look different, work differently but there is some website design advice to ensure that your own website functions effectively.

You need to think about your brand.  Don’t give the excuse that you are too busy.  Your website is your shop window (just like clients websites), if your website is out of date, showing error pages or just looks naff, don’t blame clients and being too busy.  Fix it.

Website Design Advice – Keep It Simple

Many website designers try too hard to say too much right off.  By keeping the design simple, text simple and minimalistic.  The chances of confusion and boredom through frustration are reduced and you should get a better conversion of visitors to enquiries.

You want visitors to understand within about 1-2 seconds, your message/services and products.  Visitors will not read your website, they will flick through it in a couple of seconds and either stay or leave.  That is all you have is 1-2 seconds to keep or loose your visitors so KISS (keep it simple silly).

Since there are over 10,000 website designers in the UK, some website design advice is to ensure you stand out in the crowd.

Homepage – Clear and Concise

Some website design advice going on from the above – your homepage needs to be light and clear.  Keep the information similar to other pages (like an ‘about us’ page or ‘information about products’).

Your homepage needs to say clearly what you do/offer/sell and say this within a few seconds or a visitor opening it.

Forget the gimmicky quips.  Forget the marketing waffle.  Just say what you do, where you are based and how much you charge.

Website Design Advice Surrounds The Layout

Some good website design advice is to loose the marketing jargon.  If you treat your visitors like children, making the layout crystal clear, then your conversions will go up.  Most clients look for a few things after scanning your homepage (about us, contact us, prices).

These three things will ensure that you have a lower bounce rate (people going on your site and leaving within a few seconds) and a better conversion rate from visitors to customers.

The main reason people click on and click off a site is frustration that they cannot find what they are looking for quickly.  Remember, we live in an instant society; if web visitors do not find what they are looking for right away, they will leave.  Visitors do not spend time reading through your information, many will want to talk instead of read, or just leave.

A few other tips and website design advice for encouraging visitors to stick around:

  • Colours – Try to avoid garish colours.  It may sound obvious but there are many websites around that are bright yellow, or black.  Try to stick to an eye pleasing colour and not to put too much colour on your site (this comes into the branding of a website).
  • Text – Keep your paragraphs short and pages to one screen size where possible.  Web visitors do not like scrolling down and down screens and can get lost reading long paragraphs.
  • Contact – Either put a contact link on each page or a contact link at the top navigation bar.  Most web visitors do not like hunting for a phone number or e-mail address.

If you need advice or help with website design, layout or branding, then you can compare quotes from local design specialists.

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