Building a new website can be difficult, especially if it’s something that you’ve never done before. There are numerous things to think about, including web design, content structures, hosting, and branding.
Unfortunately, effective web design is one of the things that people often get wrong. Without a professional design, you will find it hard to create a successful website that people want to engage with.
To help you get started, I decided to put together a short article outlining some of my top web design tips for complete beginners. These include:
- Use Professional Quality Pictures
Unfortunately, a lot of people make the mistake of using poor-quality images when they’re designing their first website. This is a very bad idea, as it can detract from your overall design, create an unprofessional feel, and generally discourage people from engaging with your site.
Wherever possible, I’d recommend getting professional photos of you, your business and/or your products taken. You can use stock photos if you have to, but these tend to be a little generic and are best avoided if you can.
- Consistency Is The Key
Another thing that a lot of web design beginners do is changing their design throughout their website. Once again, this is a bad idea because it makes it hard to build a strong brand. It can also confuse people when they’re trying to navigate between pages.
In short, make sure that the main elements of your website remain consistent throughout the site. This extends to things like colour schemes and font pairings, which both impact your brand and overall online presence.
- Sketch Your Design
Although it can be tempting to jump straight onto your favourite website builder and start playing with your website, this is generally a bad idea. In fact, I’d actually recommend sitting down with a paper and pencil and sketching your general design before you even turn your computer on.
Of course, some things will change once you start building your site, but having a general reference to work from can be extremely useful.
- Choose Your Colours Carefully
One of the hardest things for web design beginners is choosing the right colour scheme. Ultimately, you need to choose colours which work well with your brand, especially if you already have an existing logo or social media presence.
- Don’t Forget Mobile Design
In the modern world, a huge percentage of people browse the internet via their smartphones. This means that you need to make sure that your website is mobile-friendly, attractive, and fully responsive to a range of devices.
Although web design can be scary at first, it’s actually not. If you’re willing to take your time to get things right, you can build your own attractive website, no matter how much experience you do or don’t have.
The tips that I’ve outlined above will help you get started, but don’t be scared to do some more research and come up with your own plan of action.