5 Website Design Tips to Make Your Site More Attractive

Written by Ladan Lashkari

The question that I most frequently hear from people is "How can I attract thousands of visitors to my site each month?" Well, driving high traffic to your site is important, but what's even more important, is designing a website that makes them stay.

After all, what'srepparttar use of spending all your time and money on creating a unique product that many people want, building a 100-page site, winning top rankings on search engines, and spending $5,000 in advertising if visitors don't stay once they arrive?

In this article, you're going to learn 5 important website design tips to make your site more attractive. So not only your website will attract many visitors, but it will also motivate them to stay for a while, which is your only chance to let them know about your offers and turn them into newsletter subscribers or even paying customers.

#1. Your Site Should Be Fast Loading

One ofrepparttar 138772 biggest problems you see onrepparttar 138773 Internet is that some websites are slow loading. There are many sites out there that take more than 20 seconds to load -- a lifetime onrepparttar 138774 Internet. People just don't have time and patience to wait that long.

The best way to make your site fast-loading is to use more text and fewer graphic. Wild graphics and animations are "traffic killers" so don't use them unless you really need to. If it takes more than 10 seconds for your web pages to load, chances are you're losing as much as half of your site's traffic!

Don't assume all visitors have fast connections. Many people still use slow connections like 36.6 kbps or 28.8 kbps, so design your websiterepparttar 138775 way everyone can view it quickly -- not justrepparttar 138776 few who have high-speed connections.

To make sure your website loads fast, view your site with slow connections. If it doesn't load in 10 seconds, reducerepparttar 138777 number andrepparttar 138778 size of graphics. WebGraphics Optimizer is a great software that helps you reduce graphic size whilerepparttar 138779 quality doesn't really change and it looks almostrepparttar 138780 same.

#2. Make Your Website Easy to Navigate

People should easily and quickly find what they're looking for. Don't make your visitors click on 10 links, scroll down each page, and click onrepparttar 138781 "back" button several times to finally findrepparttar 138782 page they're looking for.

Statistics show that we lose up to 50% of visitors each time we make them click on a link. That's why allrepparttar 138783 pages of your site shouldn't be more than five clicks away from your home page. Make your visitors enjoy surfing your site. It should be easy for them to findrepparttar 138784 information that they want.

Also remember not everyone enters your website fromrepparttar 138785 home page, especially if they find your site through search engines. So make sure each page should have a title so they always know where they are at, and a link torepparttar 138786 most important pages of your website (e.g. home page, order page, contact page and so on).

Another way to make your site easy-to-navigate is using clear link texts. Visitors must know where each link will take them at a glance. For example, if you want to create a link to your order page, "Sale" is not a good name because it's unclear and confusing. Use "Order" instead because it's common.


Written by Regina Stevens

This article is not to persuade anyone to change their existing methods of producing websites, nor is it my intention to offend anyone. I wrote this article to defend people who like to use WYSIWYG editors.

There really is nothing wrong with using a WYSIWYG editor - especially if you already know how to write HTML and scripts. When you know how to write your code, you can better understand what is going on withrepparttar code. Actually, if you don't know how to write HTML, a WYSIWYG editor can be a good learning tool.

If you are designing websites for profit and you do not know HTML very well, then reaching project goals will be difficult and you may have some unhappy clients, which is never good. I would start out designing small websites or build websites that do not have a deadline.

For those of you who can write HTML from scratch, can clean uprepparttar 138757 code that WYSIWYG editors throw at you, but prefer to use a WYSIWYG editor I say "GOOD FOR YOU"! WYSIWYG editors will decrease time spent on hand-coding, which will result in pleasing your clients, reaching your project goals faster, and increasing your profits faster. Who will complain? Your client will be happy that he/she did not have to wait a long period of time AND they have a functional website to meet their online business goals. The goal for all website designers/developers should be to satisfy your clients as quickly as possible without sacrificing website quality. Why would anyone think a WYSIWYG editor is a barrier to reaching these goals?

Quite a few people seem to feel that if a designer/developer uses a WYSIWYG editor, then this person is not capable of writing HTML from scratch. This may be true in some cases, but I prefer to look at it a different way: If someone uses a WYSIWYG editor and can fully accomplish and deliver a functional website in a fraction ofrepparttar 138758 time it takes to write all ofrepparttar 138759 code from scratch - what could possibly berepparttar 138760 problem? To me, this is just good business sense. Quickly and accurately satisfying your clients is your main goal. Why take 6 months to deliver a website when you can deliverrepparttar 138761 product in 2 - 3 months withrepparttar 138762 same exact functionality?

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