Elements of Interface Design

Written by Cheryl R Cowtan

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4) Orientate Your Visitor. Each new visitor to a site is like an explorer. Without guidance inrepparttar form of headings, titles, links, brands and logos, they may not know where to go or where they are withinrepparttar 134809 structure ofrepparttar 134810 site. The interface design must also include features that orientaterepparttar 134811 visitor, especially ifrepparttar 134812 site is large and has many sections and sub-sections. The designer can maintain a feeling of familiarity with consistency in design, orientaterepparttar 134813 visitor with headings and titles and can guiderepparttar 134814 visitor easily with clear navigation.

5) Stay Consistent. Consistency, as I've mentioned, is very important in many ofrepparttar 134815 interface design elements as well as colour, font, and graphics. Whenrepparttar 134816 interface changes,repparttar 134817 visitor thinks they have leftrepparttar 134818 site. Confusion leads to bookmarks. Remember this. When a site visitor feels uncomfortable, is confused or irritated by a Web site they are two clicks away from a familiar site that is linked in their bookmarks or favourites. Two clicks.

Is there more? There is always more. Designing Web sites is a challenge and requires skills, knowledge, experience and flexibility because byrepparttar 134819 time you read this,repparttar 134820 Internet and all its dimensions will have improved or changed, possibly enough to create a domino effect that will alter Interface design. However,repparttar 134821 basics of Interface design remainrepparttar 134822 same and include symbolism, clarity, navigation, structure, guidance and consistency. Knowrepparttar 134823 basic rules, become familiar with them and then you can decide whether you are good enough to break them.

Cheryl R Cowtan is the CEO of Virtual Visions Online (http://www.vvo.on.ca) and specializes in Web site planning, Interface design, and Internet Marketing. Her company offers free quotes on services, free design tips and resources and you can join her free ABCs of Design and Marketing newsletter at http://www.onelist.com/community/ABCDesignMarketing.

How to Make Your Homepage Flow

Written by Candice Pardue

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1. Place your "appealing headline" below any banner or logo atrepparttar top ofrepparttar 134808 page. This isrepparttar 134809 headline that persuades your visitor to continue reading your homepage -- to spark their interest in your product or service. Write your headline to your target customer. The visitor should have no doubt about what kind of website he/she just entered.

If your purpose is to sell books, your headline should say something about books or a particular book that's very popular. This will insure your "targeted" potential customers that they are atrepparttar 134810 right site for what they're searching for. Visitors who aren't looking for books really aren't your customers, are they? You're letting them know up front that they're inrepparttar 134811 wrong website.

The reason for placing your headline below your logo or banner is because people tend to look atrepparttar 134812 "picture" first and then begin reading belowrepparttar 134813 picture.

2. Place a scroll bar or navigation bar atrepparttar 134814 right hand or left hand side of your homepage. A general rule of thumb is to place your scroll bar onrepparttar 134815 left hand side if your website is information based and you offer just one to three products. Place your scroll bar onrepparttar 134816 right hand side if your website is set up like a catalog offering many different products.

The scroll bar provides your visitor with options to move around within your website without crowdingrepparttar 134817 homepage. Your homepage should be an introduction to your website or your product or service, not your entire website. The information should be intriguing to your "target" visitor and leadrepparttar 134818 visitor torepparttar 134819 next page or to your desired response atrepparttar 134820 bottom ofrepparttar 134821 homepage.

3. Continue your homepage. Write to your visitor in a way that he/she can't wait to go torepparttar 134822 next page and continue. But don't stop there -- when your visitor gets torepparttar 134823 bottom, be sure to say "Go torepparttar 134824 Next Page Here..." or "Continue to Next Page...", something to persuade your visitor to gorepparttar 134825 next page. The ... always leaves a sense of continuance also!

Implement these three methods while designing your homepage to insure navigation ability for your visitors. Remember, your visitors can only turn into paying customers if you get a chance to make your presentation.

Candice Pardue, webmaster of Online Success for Internet Business. Ever thought of designing your own website? Now you can learn how to design your own personal or business web site from home with the Web Design Training Course for beginners. Simple step-by-step design instructions. Go here for details...

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