Introduction to Website Design Review
Imagine yourself visiting your website for the very first time (you can get others to do this for you as well)
What is the first thing you notice?
- Are there any obvious distractions?
- Is it easy to find the information and navigate through the website?
- Is it clear what you should do on each page of the website (ex. what links to follow, which call-to-action to consider)?
Let’s look at two situations A and B
A) A website with good design and incredible graphics. Good color and matching theme and great pictures
B) A website with hideous graphics and pictures that are not relevant. Fonts too fanciful or artsy.
Visitors will be awestruck when visiting A and will want to leave as soon as possible when they visit B. We all know that people do judge by impression.
- Plan your website
- Try to find other individuals to give feedback and their thoughts
- Each person will differ but at least you will get plenty of ideas.
- Plain websites with great content will always win – it doesn’t need to be flashy.
- The idea is to maintain an impressionable website
My personal opinion
This website is still work in progress. Website design is an evolving “science”. I am concentrating in providing good content at the moment. I am evolving my website constantly. I only use three colors.
The other day I read that you need to make the links on your posts in contrasting colors to other links. I found a great resource where I found the contrasting color for the green on this website to be the purple I use for my links. The resource is HERE
I think, all of us start with a standard theme and then expand as necessary. Hence I find Genesis themes to be ideal as you can buy all the themes they ever produce for a certain fee or buy individual themes, all depends if you are planning to have more websites.
I purchased all the themes and they have paid for themselves over time, as I have used them in a few offline corporate sites that we have.
I also like Genesis, because if I need to alter something, I can always find a Genesis plugin, either released by Genesis itself, or by the community of users. I don’t need to wait for their support to answer me, although they do have a superior support desk.
These themes are very popular and you can find a designer very easily on their forum to make any alterations you can dream of on the genesis engine.
If you are planning to have a unique website designed for you, I would buy just the genesis theme and from the forum find the recommended designers.
If you are like me, purchase all the themes and have logos and other graphics designed as I do. If you are planning to have just one blog, buy just one and the engine. They are very easy to change and there is specific code in the Genesis website for many alterations you can do yourself.
I know this is for designers but you still can get good tips CLICK HERE
I also found a gem – if you see a website and would like to have the same theme here you can find out what theme the website uses. CLICK HERE