When it comes to designing a website, web designer has to keep a lot of things in mind. There are a few less important and a few more important things. Navigation of the website is one of the most important things in website designing. Navigation basically connects you with all the other pages on the website so proper navigation is way too important. This has been the process ever since the websites have been developed. Obviously, with the passage of time, things are changing and new developments in navigation have been made to improve the navigation and provide users with a better website. When you create a design for a brochure printing order you have to think of the readability. Designs for blogs are the same. The navigation needs to be intuitive for the user.
These days website navigation is no longer limited to desktop only. With the advancement in browsers and other technologies, designers have to make sure that their websiteâ€™s navigation is easy and accessible from everywhere. Be it a mobile user, tablet user or a normal desktop user, as a designer it your responsibility to provide them with accessible and better navigation. Let me simplify it a little more. If you as a visitor are visiting a website, you would want everything to work as it should be working. Broken links and messed up navigation links can really annoy users. Let us take a look at a few accessibility tips for better navigation and these tips have worked for almost every designer.
Everything Should Fall Into Place
When a visitor decides to visit your website, he is expecting a well designed and conceptualized website. Placement is not everything but it sure holds a lot of importance in making a perception of your website in usersâ€™ mind. The requirements of your website would be according to your product. Portfolio, blogs, e-commerce websites and other websites will have different needs and as a designer you need to design the layout accordingly. One thing that you need to make sure is that the tabs, menu bar, pictures and everything on the home page is exactly where it should be.
Splitting the Links to Avoid Overflow
You do not have to put all the links into a horizontal bar because that might make your website appear cluttered. Using sidebar link will have its own advantages. See, you need to think logically. If you will put too many links on the same page, you will annoy your visitors and they wonâ€™t be able to focus on even a single link.
Dividing links into sub links can be a great option if you want to provide a better navigation to your users. You can provide the main topics in the header and sub topics can be placed on the side bar. You wonâ€™t only be giving a new look to your website, you would be making it a lot easier for the users to find what they are looking for or else, they will be going round and round in circles.
Importance of Typography
When it comes to fonts of a website, designers have CSS with a lot of new, improved and advanced features. Typography is basically the entire content of your website and the correct selection can do wonders for your website and one wrong selection can make your website look like a total mess. At times, designers think that playing safe is the way to go and they use the typical font used everywhere. However, there is nothing wrong in experimenting but make sure you evaluate a few things before you select a font.
You need to have a clear view of how your website should look. Not only the font is important, you need to try out various text techniques as well. For instance, you can go for bold, italic etc. Whatever you decide, make sure it is easily readable and gives a neat and clean effect to the entire website.
Styling a Menu
A websiteâ€™s menu is the most important and the first noticed thing. The first thing that I notice in nay website is its menu because I know that it will redirect me to my desired pages. Since menu is an integral part, designers need to understand stylizing of a menu. Do not confuse web bots and be very accurate in hierarchy so that the editing gets simple and easy. Always keep in mind that a user is not aware of the technicalities and all he wants is a smooth navigation of your website. Keep things simple and smooth for the users and also for the search engine bots.
Familiarity with â€˜includesâ€™
If you are a designer with PHP background, you would surely be aware with the term â€˜includesâ€™. The advantage of using include is that it prevents you from getting lost in multiple files because it helps you in including codes from one page to another which can prove to be really beneficial for a harmonious navigation. You would only confuse yourself if you are keeping numerous files and navigation links separately. Isnâ€™t it more convenient to have an external file which already consists of HTML code?
Indeed it is, because once you have that file all you need to do is add the file into any webpage using the include function. Think about the hassle it will save you from. You will not have to edit each and every page separately as it makes editing a lot easier. Adding and removing links with a single file is the best thing for any designer.
There is Always a Room for Learning
At some point we all have had a feeling that we know it all but I am sure there is always a room for learning. To make your website easy to use, you need to continue the learning procedure. Web designing is all about creativity and you cannot set some hard and fast rules for creativity so get inspired from your surroundings. Internet is also a great source to learn about the perfect and the latest navigating styles.
One thing that every designer should keep in mind that practice will make you perfect. So, you can continue working and learning both at the same time. Learn to appreciate good things about other designers and implement those good points in your own designing if necessary.
A lot of tutorials are available offline. You can easily learn how to create a website which is easy to navigate. Surf the internet and read articles, look for tutorials so that you can learn about the latest.
Websites are not like flyers, brochures or poster, which have a clear hierarchy and composition to guide the readers. For web users, navigation is one of the most integral and decisive factors in that determine their interest in the website. Navigation is basically all about being able to move from one page to another without any issues. They are not interested in our technical matters so all you need to do is provide them with what they want. Give them a website which is easy to use and all the pages of the website are harmonious. Users should be able to navigate from one page to another, from one tab to another without any issues. There should be no broken links or a messed up layout. If you provide users with a better and easy navigation, they will definitely prefer visiting your website over others.
Websites are like houses, as they need renovation and improvement time and again. With the passage of time, do take measures to improve the layout and navigation, keeping in mind that the new developments and your website (if correctly done) will be a hit!