Designing a website goes beyond having classy graphics, decorations and the like. Your website is more than graphics, the themes and concepts, the backgrounds, the color and the final graphics you choose for the many things you have on your website. There are other features of your site too that make up important elements of your final website. After settling on the theme of your website, the next step you need to look into is the layout of your website.
So what makes up the layout of your website?
You probably know the important role a layout plays in publications like magazines and newspapers. It is the layout that determines what goes where and the overall look of the final product. Hence when it comes to layout, you need to decide how to arrange the various parts of your site. When coming up with your website’s layout, you need to determine the items that you will have on your homepage as well as the content of the subsequent pages and how you decide on them.
You first step in deciding the layout of your website involves determining what the site is all about. Having made this decision, you need to figure out the overall purpose of your site. Whether your site is meant for personal or business use, this is very important when making your website design decisions, whether it’s about your site’s graphics, how you place your elements on the site as well as all the other design aspects of your site.
Next, you need to define the most applicable layout for your site. These days, the most common kind of layout in use has navigation bars on either side as well as on top and bottom. These navigation bars contain tabs and lists of the main web pages on the site. This makes it easy for visitors to browse their way in and out of your site. The lists on the navigation areas are those of the main items on your site or topics that would capture the attention of the visitors as they browse your site.
With these lists and navigation tabs, your visitors can easily come in and out of your site. They can also easily locate what they are looking for.
Point to remember:
A good web design requires that you put all the important and relevant details right in front- have this information in front and center in order to enable your visitors to find it with ease. The layout of your site is very important. Make a wise choice when it comes to it! Be sure to double check every single important piece of your website, be it the graphics, layout or content, you have to get everything right with your website