Elements of Interface Design

Written by Cheryl R Cowtan

First impressions count andrepparttar first impression a visitor receives when they arrive at a site isrepparttar 134809 look or visual appeal ofrepparttar 134810 design. The visual design of a site is referred to asrepparttar 134811 interface. Judging a Web site by it's interface design is similar to judging a book by its cover or judging a person by their looks. It may not be logical but it is typical human nature.

Outward appearance presentsrepparttar 134812 image and professionalism ofrepparttar 134813 site company or owner and it can affectrepparttar 134814 comfort level ofrepparttar 134815 visitor. Interface design consists of specific elements, all or some of which are used regularly inrepparttar 134816 creation of a site's "face". Knowing what these elements are, and how to use them well, will assist you in your Interfacing.

1) Say It With Symbols. Symbolism is used often in interface design inrepparttar 134817 form of icons or graphics. That first impression must be made quickly beforerepparttar 134818 site visitor clicks away and without a voice, a Web site relies on imagery for representation. Services, product or content can be splashed onrepparttar 134819 screen as a grabber or colours, fonts and images can present an online presence, whether professional or playful. Symbolism can be metaphoric, abstract or conceptual and is a powerful visual aid to a site visitor.

2) Keep It Uncluttered. Every feature ofrepparttar 134820 interface should be obvious torepparttar 134821 visitor and should be used based on need, otherwise it becomes clutter. A font that is hard to read, graphics that look like buttons but are not linked, text that is underlined as headings are elements that do not perform their purpose. To avoid confusion, design using features that are needed to presentrepparttar 134822 image you are working towards and that assist inrepparttar 134823 navigation of your site while flatteringrepparttar 134824 interface.

3) Make Navigation Easy. Navigation often influencesrepparttar 134825 interface design more than most designers would like it to. This important aspect must be consistent and must be logical torepparttar 134826 visitor. Consistent navigation means that your menu is a part of your interface - it will be on each page. This aspect of your design will be affected byrepparttar 134827 structure you have chosen forrepparttar 134828 site. Good navigation design can be added to asrepparttar 134829 site grows without negatively interfering withrepparttar 134830 design ofrepparttar 134831 interface.

How to Make Your Homepage Flow

Written by Candice Pardue

Your website's navigation ability is extremely important to your success online. Your visitors will only turn into paying customers if your site is easy and fun to navigate.

Believe me, you want your visitors to stay as long as possible. This isrepparttar only way your site is going to succeed. Your site must be interesting, persuading, and easy to navigate.

First let me tell you a couple of misconceptions about how to design websites.

1. Many people assume that becauserepparttar 134808 internet is so "big" and covers such a vast amount of areas aroundrepparttar 134809 world, their website has to be everything to everybody. They design their website for "everybody" inrepparttar 134810 world and never have a distinct purpose. No purpose and no direction results in no sales! That's a profound statement but so true.

How many websites have you visited that had no purpose, no direction, and no real valuable information that you stayed and surfed aroundrepparttar 134811 site a while?

You click to that site only to find twenty links that are all non related torepparttar 134812 site's description nor to each other. A link torepparttar 134813 left takes you to a computer store online while a link torepparttar 134814 right takes you to a sports website. Five banners straight downrepparttar 134815 middle ofrepparttar 134816 homepage all going in five different directions. No direction or purpose whatsoever. Even if that company did offer what you were looking for, you probably would not consider that company as an expert or even trustworthy after one glance atrepparttar 134817 website, would you?

2. The second misconception is that selling onrepparttar 134818 web is different or easier than selling off line. I know from experience that sales is sales is sales. Even if your business is onrepparttar 134819 web, you still must takerepparttar 134820 same steps to gain a customer's trust as you do off line. Your product will not sell itself, just like your website will not promote itself. You must takerepparttar 134821 necessary steps to promote your site as well as give a persuading presentation oncerepparttar 134822 visitor arrives.

Now that you know a couple ofrepparttar 134823 most common misconceptions onrepparttar 134824 web, you can move forward with designing your website with these in mind. Don't worry, if you've already designed your website for "everybody", it's not too late to focus in on your sole purpose. It's far less painful to design your website with your one purpose in mind fromrepparttar 134825 beginning -- and less costly.

Below are 3 important steps you can take while designing your website to insure navigation ease for your visitors:

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