Choosing the Layout of Your Website

A website layout is just as vital as the information that is on the website. If you want a website that is user friendly, choose a layout that makes navigation easy. You have probably discovered there are some layouts easy to understand and fast to use, while others are time consuming and hardly worth the effort it takes to use them. Easy to use websites are overall more likely be visited and returned to. And layouts that are more simple to use generally are more easy to create.

The website has a variety of facets to it’s layout… Initially, we are concerned with the design. Does your webpage have all the things you wanted in it? Do you know how it is set up and where all that you need is situated? Remember, you can utilize different layouts for each individual page. Being part of the same website doesn’t mean that they necessarily have the same look and feel. Uniformity helps, but is not necessary, and people use a wide range of layouts and templates on their websites.

A website is akin to a textbook, with each page corresponding to a unique chapter such as a theme or an event. The choice of uniformity or choosing a variety of templates and layouts really depends on what you are looking for and how much work you want to put into the website itself. It’s a good idea to check and assess whether or not the website builder you’re utilizing will support multiple layouts. There are some that are based on a single layout.

You are going to want a layout that is not too busy that it detracts from the purpose of your website which is the content on it. The content is obviously the most important item on your website. Your visitors are coming to view the content so make sure you keep your focus. The layout is also based on what you are presenting. Choose a layout according to amount of text needing space compared to amount of pictures needing space. You will also need to have a layout that will give you the link and page choices that you require. If you use the right template to add additional pages you can cut down work considerably.

Website backgrounds will be more attractive and appealing if colors are bright, but not glaring. However, if you can not read the text because of the color or it is hard on the eyes chances are you will end up losing visitors. After you have chosen the type of template, the colors and the pattern if necessary, it is important to make sure that everything you need, link and page buttons, banners and menus are placed in the proper place. There are numerous template choices which will enable you to select the locations for the different parts. Choose these options next in order to complete the layout for your website.

Finding A Great Graphic Designer

Finding a great Graphic Designer can be about as difficult as finding your life’s calling with a million dollar paycheck. Sure they exist however finding the right one takes patience, diligence, a whole lot of time and a bit of luck, right? Not necessarily. Finding a great graphic designer is easy – when you know where to look.

Begin by asking friends, family and business associates who have great graphics. Unless they did their graphics themselves they had to have hired a graphic designer. Referrals are the best place to find a great graphic designer. However know that great graphic designers are like great babysitters in that once you’ve found one you may be reluctant to share them with others since that may mean they’ll be unavailable for you. Your friends and associates may hold out on you even if they do know a great designer.

Visit websites you like with great graphics. Many businesses will use the same graphic designer for all their design needs. That means designers that do logos may also create website graphics. Often, at the bottom of a website you’ll see the website creator and/or graphic designer listed. It’s usually a link – click on it and visit their website. View their portfolio and if everything looks good, give them a call. Visit graphic design associations. Every vocation has a number of associations to belong to and graphic design is no different. Participation in these associations isn’t a guarantee that the designer is spectacular however it is a good place to start.

Once you have a few names to check out, it’s time to compare. While price may be at the top of your priority list, it’s important to also view their portfolio. A logo and design you, and more importantly your target audience, love is well worth twice the price of a poorly designed logo. You’ll also want to evaluate their terms, professionalism and the systems they have in place to make sure they understand your needs and the image you’re trying to project. Some graphic designers will speak to you on the phone while others have a form they’ll have you fill out. If a designer never asks about the image you want for your material – find a different designer.

Make sure you get the terms in writing. The terms of your agreement should include payment terms, revisions, and how you’re expected to communicate. While these may seem like small details they can make all the difference between a great relationship with your graphic designer and an unsatisfactory experience.