After all, anybody can call themselves a website designer after simply developing one website, either their own or for a good friend or relative. Many website designers are self-taught and have no certifications of any kind that connect to the task. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being self-taught, but a lot depends upon where and from whom you discover and what length of apprenticeship you serve in website design.
Quality website design = Visual + Technical + Imagination.
The majority of small website owners rely nearly totally on themselves or their web designer to create an excellent website design without them really understanding what good website design is. Based upon my 8 years experience in website design and optimization for visitors and search engines, I can say with a good deal of guarantee, numerous web developers do not know exactly what great web design is either.
Bestwebgallery.com a display website common of numerous display websites for good website designs has defined what quality design is to them (according to the declaration on their website):.
The issue with a meaning like this is it focuses on the innovative and visual elements of design which is actually only of interest to other website designers aspiring to create something that pushes the borders even further in the same direction. It likewise entirely disregards whether the website is suitable for the function for which it need to have been developed. Many sites do not have to be amazingly stunning to serve a function and they do not have to be “technical” either.
My views are based upon the detailed examination of hundreds of sites which in many cases look good on the surface to the untrained eye, but when evaluated more closely, are either balance to improperly developed websites, bad websites, or just merely draw.
Lots of web developers think they need to be “innovative” and set out to design a website never ever seen prior to, or one that behaves in a totally brand-new and original way. This typically results in an extremely graphical and in some cases technically complex website design with a non-traditional layout and navigation, that in fact produces more problems than it resolves.
All these “quality web design” functions might impress another designer, but it generally wins no prizes or favours from the general public website visitors who usually do not pertain to a website to appreciate the design. Lots of web designers seem intent on re-inventing the wheel instead of observing the recognized design conventions that visitors to a website recognize with. They also seem to have actually forgotten the basic K.I.S.S. guideline of design which is Keep It Simple Stupid.
Having stated quality or great website design is not about Visual, Technical or Imagination just exactly what should it be?
By pleasing visitors, I imply providing visitors with the details, services or products they pertained to the website looking for and doing it in way that is pleasing to the visitor. If the website is meant to sell items and/or services the design ought to likewise be developed to transform sufficient visitors into sales or causes satisfy the site owner.
There are two unique groups of visitors to a website that a great website design needs to please and they are people and online search engine. Some website designers will argue that developing a website for the online search engine is not essential, or a waste of time. I prefer to design websites with search engines in mind, I don’t have an issue if other web designers do not, supplying they have an alternative strategy.
Good Web Design = Gratifying Visitors.
If a web designer doesn’t design for the online search engine, then they have to have an alternative plan to get traffic to the website and they must discuss this plan to the site owner. There is no point in creating the greatest website ever, if there are no methods for bring in visitors to the website.
A good website design likewise has to please the people who go to the website. If a web designer develops a website that brings in visitors through search engine optimization (SEO) or other approaches, this will be squandered if the website cannot satisfy enough of those visitors when they show up.
If it doesn’t do all this then it’s BAD website design!
When deciding what is, or is bad web design, I use two lists. One checklist is for assessing a websites and the other list is for assessing the whole website. The web page evaluation checklist takes a look at over 150 aspects of excellent page design and the website checklist takes a look at over 120 aspects of good website design.