Wednesday, November 28, 2007

5 Important Rules in Website Design

When it comes to your website, extra attention should be paid
to every minute detail to make sure it performs optimally to
serve its purpose. Here are seven important rules of thumb to
observe to make sure your website performs well.

1) Do not use splash pages

Splash pages are the first pages you see when you arrive at a
website. They normally have a very beautiful image with words
like "welcome" or "click here to enter". In fact, they are just
that -- pretty vases with no real purpose. Do not let your
visitors have a reason to click on the "back" but! Give them
the value of your site up front without the splash page.

2) Do not use excessive banner advertisements

Even the least net savvy people have trained themselves to
ignore banner advertisements so you will be wasting valuable
website real estate. Instead, provide more valuable content
and weave relevant affiliate links into your content, and let
your visitors feel that they want to buy instead of being pushed
to buy.

3) Have a simple and clear navigation

You have to provide a simple and very straightforward navigation
menu so that even a young child will know how to use it. Stay away
from complicated Flash based menus or multi-tiered dropdown menus.
If your visitors don't know how to navigate, they will leave your

4) Have a clear indication of where the user is

When visitors are deeply engrossed in browsing your site, you will
want to make sure they know which part of the site they are in at
that moment. That way, they will be able to browse relevant
information or navigate to any section of the site easily.
Don't confuse your visitors because confusion means "abandon ship"!

5) Avoid using audio on your site

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