Tips for Good Web Site Design - dummies

By Richard Wagner

Part of Creating Web Pages All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Because the Web is a visual medium, the design of your Web site is as important as the content you offer. Follow these tips so your visitors aren’t quickly leaving your site:

  • Don’t clutter up your site. Make good use of padding, margins, and whitespace.

  • Be careful not to overwhelm your visitors on your home page. Keep content to a minimum, referring users to other parts of your site for additional information.

  • Don’t use a hodgepodge of design ideas. Find a style you like and be consistent across your site.

  • Extreme symmetry is a yawner. Use the Rule of Thirds. When an image or a page is divided into thirds vertically and horizontally and objects are positioned on those lines, the image is simply more pleasing to the eye.

  • Don’t forget about the visitor. You’re not designing the site for yourself, but for people coming there.

  • Don’t let your site content grew stale. Update it regularly to keep it alive.