For those looking to set up a meaningful online identity, a social media page and a blog simply doesn’t cut it anymore. While it’s easy to quickly pick up a personal domain for a fee, it’s the website interface and overall experience that actually takes time. For those who have never worked on a website, it can be a daunting experience. Novices often brush off the design aspect, citing the easy availability of free or premium downloadable templates. You can choose to simply paste your content for an instant website, or you want a world-class website then get it redesigned for your needs.
However, often you will find that a “one size fits all” solution doesn’t really fit your requirement. Ask yourself the following questions to understand your web design needs.
How do you want to display the images?
You could be a photographer displaying your images, or setting up an eCommerce venture, or even a simple blog. Whatever your design needs, a modern website needs to showcase images to emphasize your content.
The world’s biggest websites are all image driven; major content aggregators have even adopted the Pinterest format of using images to navigate the site’s content. A website designer will ensure, down to the pixel, how you position your images, the various aesthetic norms that you must follow, and how your audiences will respond to this. And, you have the freedom to constantly tinker as you develop more insight into how your audiences respond to the website.
Are you in sync with modern design norms?
It is highly likely that your personal website intends to showcase you as a great provider of some service. It could be a unique product, better quality, or even simply a cheaper price that you are offering. For whatever your purpose, there are two things on the web that you must keep in mind:
1. You will have competitors and copycats
2. You have seconds to make an impression. Not minutes, seconds.
This means that you need to have a website that both stands out, and yet is sleek, stylish and has a certain class to it, without being seen as outdated. And simultaneously, the site must address the specific way you need to showcase your content to have the best impact for your client.
Throw in the challenges of multiple devices (a successful website is viewed by over 2500 different devices) and browsers, and you have a formidable challenge – you have to now factor in the need for responsive and adaptive web design to factor in screen and device resolutions. Looking at how changing web design norms have changed the faces of major websites of brands, it is advisable to have someone consulting so that you can simply pick and choose, and not waste time on the hard work.
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The author is an award-winning Indian Web Designer. He is known for his pioneering work in the area of web design. He is also a app design enthusiast and a tech wizard. Share your Custom Web Design Ideas with us at www.softwaredeveloprsindia.co.uk or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to hear back from us.
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