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Your perfect website design is your real Klondike which helps you to gain the maximum advantages. We have already discussed this in the previous article. But now we would like to talk about the tricks which will help you to create your own unique design which is supposed to be creative in every tiny detail.
Every element on your website is very important and has its own dedication and performed functions:
This is the main element of the whole site scheme due to which the website navigation will be more convenient and clear. Main menu should become a guide for the users and direct them over the website. That is why it should be simple, clear and user-friendly. But this doesn’t mean that the main menu should be boring.
There are several types of the menu. The most often used menu types are tab type and drop list type. There are following main menu trends and samples:
The menu is mainly dedicated for provision of more efficient dialogue with the user and that is why the designers prefer to describe all possible design types and what should the visitor expect from following correspondent link.
For more effective way, designers often make use of appealing icons on the menu items. In such cases it’s important to make sure that the icon is easily recognizable, clearly reflects the message and corresponds to the link it stands for. Attractive icons are of course always preferred to the boring ones.
Drop-down menu can make your site more structured and provides user-friendly navigation. This is an excellent solution for removal of long categories list (and on some sites, it is really great), and free the space on the screen
Tabbed menu is the most elegant and favorite designer’s way to organize web content. Tabs can be vertical or horizontal. Together with AJAX bookmarks they allow you to open corresponding content without reloading the entire page.
The vertical menu is usually used for a list of categories, a list of topics, or it may fulfill the function of the main menu. In any case it allows efficient use of the site space.
Ribbon menu has become more and more popular in recent years. This is a combination of tabs and drop-down visual items of submenu with graphical representation of user options. In fact ribbon menu is mega drop-down menu with big panels providing no scrolling idea (everything visible at once)
Creative menu is the best way to make your site more attractive. It's a way to express yourself. There are many variants of menu in the form of photographs and drawings, Bird’s-eye view, in shape of the microcosm, with the typography, etc.
One of the first things new visitors will notice upon arriving at your website is your header. Some sites are able to make a perfect first impression by using a creative header. It is important that the main idea of the website was provided on the header of the web site. It brings more attractiveness and uniqueness to your website.
The logotype will help you to reflect different aspects of your business. It can represent the idea, openness and immensity of your business. Professionally created logotype is a bright visiting card which marks the company out of the ruck.
Tag cloud is an interesting variant of the word cloud which can be used to visualize the most frequently-used words in form of the links. It represents user experience report which displays keywords of the site. At the same time the most popular word is the biggest.
Site search functionality is extremely important for websites, especially for e-commerce. The visitors should be able to find quickly what they are looking for as efficiently as possible. Some site search provides help for the visitors with suggesting search terms (like Google) that will help them to get the results. The visitor starts typing and the suggestions give them better chance of using the right term or phrase that will get results. Usually the site search box is located on the top of the site and near the main menu.
Contact form helps you to maintain relationships with your customers. The contact forms, e-mail, phone and chats are the perfect for the website because they respond various user needs: they keep customers in touch with the company and help to share with you their proposal or request.
So it is an easy way to keep in touch with your visitors. Why not create a unique and friendly approach for your contact form?
This is one of the elements of the site reflecting the site activity. That's why it's important to update news on the site for customers constantly. News keeps customers informed and in touch with the company. News on the websites should create intriguing element of promotion. It displays a huge amount of content on the home page. They may be in the form of the following items:
Footer design became very popular during last few years. Many web site footers contain some elements of the site map. Usually they duplicate or extend main navigation in order to help the visitors as they surf the site. But footer can also be used for following information placement:
This section of your website can convert occasional visitors into registered users, so it should be attractive enough to make them register. A login page should be simple and clear in terms of steps or instructions.
Sometimes when you explore the web the famous message 404 Error – Page Not Found appears. If there is nothing grabbing visitors’ attention, they will leave the page and never come back. So it’s good to consider customizing the 404 page and prevent the users leaving your website.
More and more designers follow interesting trend of placing back to top link in their work. This is very useful for long sites (blogs, websites with comments or articles)
Typography is a trend which constantly changes due to the designers focusing more and more on usability. Instead of using standard fonts on the site the creative design is more concentrated on uncluttered designs with fancy fonts and at the same time easy to read. Taking into consideration increase of mobile users number who enter the websites the strong fonts usage is also recommended for easy reading.
Slide show is very important when it comes to making your site more convenient and attractive. This is the perfect solution to combine all the images into one spectacular slide-show.
Any detail of the site is also important. And any detail (such as tables, maps, date pickers) can bring more attractiveness to your site.
Tables are very important parts of user interfaces but often missed. They are perfect to be used on the site for displaying tabular data. Their purpose is to make that data readable, scannable and easily comparable. One of the most common places to find tables online is on application’s pricing pages, web shop, etc.
Interactive maps on the Internet are most effective for the user when they represent geo-location. Three main areas seem to represent the majority of tasks:
The calendar is always useful. Whether you schedule your next event, manage your appointments or simply want to enter a date to get things done in time you need a clear, simple and user-friendly date picker.
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