Internet users notice a design right away and it can influence their opinion of a website. Given the power of initial impressions, getting the design nailed down well and good in advance is critically important to keeping visitors from fleeing their first visit. Use these tips to avoid losing customers.
Use graphics that are right for your website. PNGs work well, but bitmap images may be too big. For images that are not photographs, use PNG format for over 256 colors. If under 256 colors, use GIF format. Photos require JPEG to ensure high quality.
Use a fixed-position navigation format for easy navigation for your users. This means you need to lock the site’s panel for navigation in a place that scrolls while the visitor does. This is convenient for visitors and helps frequent visitors quickly find what they need.
Don’t pile on the graphics. Even though graphics might give you a professional looking website, too many may result in a crowded site. Your graphics should not only be decorative; they must also be true improvements. Also, including the “right” number of images makes it easier to navigate the site.
Make sure that you get rid of any material that is outdated on your site. When you are offering specials that are past their expiration, you will watch your visitor counts dwindle. Internet users want to have access to the latest information and read websites with regular updates. Mark a calendar for when you will sit down and update your website, being careful to take off anything that is not current or relative anymore.
People tend to notice site designs almost immediately, which can decide whether they leave or stay. You want to give off a good first impression. With any luck, you will have learned something new about designing an appealing and user-friendly website.