Whether you set up a website for your personal use, for your business, or for your portfolio to help you find work, you need to make sure that your website is going to attract people. There are a few important things that go into designing an attractive website. You, for one, want to make sure all links and apps are secure and safe for your visitors.
Aside from safety, you also want to do the following.
The Right Look
Make sure that your website has a good look. This means having a layout that people can stand looking at. Have you ever went to a website and just closed the page because it’s so confusing and you can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? It happens.
One thing that can seriously help people on your site is to have a site map. This gives them one place where they can look for anything on your site they are trying to find. You also want to make sure that your site is laid out in a way that makes it easier for them to get back to where they started.
Easy To Look At
You also want to make your site easy on the eyes. That starts with picking the right colors, for both the background and the font. Make sure you check the look of these things on mobile technology as well. Some things that look good on a desktop may not look as good on a smartphone.
You also want to make sure that the font itself is legible. You want a font that is easy to read, at any size. You also want to make sure it looks professional, which means completely avoiding Comic Sans.
If your site takes forever to load people aren’t going to stick around and wait for it. They are going to pick another site to get the information they need from or to find the employee they need.
Some things that can bog down a site include pictures and files. Try to keep these things in condensed sizes, even though you want to make sure your photos are quality.
Has What People Want
You also want to make sure that your site has what people want. A couple things people want are an about page and a contact page. They want a chance to get to know who you are and they want an easy way to contact you.
Also, make sure your site connects to your social media. On top of that, you need a blog. All sites need blogs, as they let people know all about your expertise. Make sure your blog tells people what you want them to know about you or your business (and update it a couple times a week, at least).