There are a lots of details to be considered while designing a web site. In reality, it can seem like an endless list, but once you look carefully you’ll see that there are certain elements that are more important than others, elements that are used consistently among the most successful sites. Once you have completed the planning stage of your website, the rest of the elements fall into broad categories ranging from User Interface Design to Content Creation to actual Development. With that in mind, here are some of the elements that should always be included on any top web site,
Good Visual Design:
Website that is not visually ravishing, it is a quick turn off. That’s not really meant that every top website needs an incredible visual design, clean and simple design is usually all you need. Your site should not be over crowded, it must look good so that it can stand out from your competitors in the minds of your potential clients. First impressions are key. Although good design alone will not keep someone on your site — an eye-catching design will, at the very least, grab their attention long enough to take a look around.
Primary Navigation Above The Fold:
Key element of providing an easy navigation website is, ensuring that the primary means of navigation (links to the primal areas of your site) are kept above the fold. Elements to include here are your logo and which should link back to your home page, as well as links to the main sections of your site. If you can link to sub-pages here that is great, but in most cases that will over-clutter your design. Consistency is a key here, make sure to place both your primary and sub-navigational links in the same spot throughout the various pages of your web site.
Repeat Navigation In The Footer:
It is necessary to provide duplicate set of navigation links in footer, especially if you use images or flash source for your primary navigation. Duplication is still helpful, even if you use text links for primary navigation. You must make it as easy as possible for visitors to find the content they are seeking on your site.
Content is a King, you might have a pretty web site which will catch someone’s eye, but if the content is not enlightening, you can be willing to bet that they aren’t going to stick around. While writing the copy for your web site, it’s important to provide helpful, knowledgeable information about your company, products, services, etc.
Nothing can irritate a prospective visitor more than not being able to find a way to contact you. If they are interested in your services, and can’t able to find a simple contact page with a way to get in touch and hire you they are going to end up going over to the competition. Ideally you must give more than one mode of contact. At the very least an email address and contact form.
Having a search field is incredibly helpful, if you have a large web site. There’s nothing like wading through hundreds of pages to find specific content without a search feature. Adding a search function on your website will help the visitors to find information really quickly.
Generally there are two kinds of sitemaps, one for humans and one for the search engines. An html (or php, etc.). It is just an invaluable tool for your visitors to finding just what they are looking for. A good sitemap will list out every page of your site in a hierarchial format and clearly depict the relationship of pages in terms of primary pages with sub-pages and sub-sub-pages, etc.
We have barely scratched the surface of what are all constructs a website most effectively. However, by following these simple guidelines, you can headed in the right direction.