When you are building
your own website you must keep in mind that it should be user friendly. Here
user friendly means that the website should be easy to read and good to look
at. When you have a website of your own it is obvious that you would want
maximum number of people to visit your webpage. It will be a disappointment if
people avoid opening your page or they leave it quickly without reading its
content. There can be several reasons like it might take too long to load or
the site looks cluttered or there are too many broken links. These are the kind
of things which put off a potential buyer if you have a commercial website.
Here are some tips to make user friendly website.
The main aspect of the
web designing is the size of the webpage. It has been often seen that web
designers love to use flash to make the site attractive. Flash is needed to
present animation to your site but it also makes it files quite heavy.
Although, the broadband users could load it fast enough but the dial up
connection user would find it very difficult to load your site. Moreover,
search engine spiders will not be able to crawl it so you will lose traffic
from the search engines. Instead of Flash, you may use AJAX-based techniques to
introduce interactive elements in your site. In this case the page loads in
parts and engages the reader in reading the page while the rest of the page is
This is a very
important aspect of a website. You have to accept that nobody has the time to
wait forever for a website to open. The more time it takes the reader becomes
bored and moves on. This way you could lose a lot of traffic. The reason can be
size of your website or use of too much of animation in your web page using
flash. Another reason could be too much of text and graphics could increase the
size of the web page. To reduce the loading time you could compress the size of
Broken links often
irritate the visitors and make them leave the site in frustration. Suppose a
prospective buyer clicks on your site to view the product and looks for a link
to view further details only to realize that the link does not open. This way
you fail to translate a visit to a profit making activity. Update your web page
regularly. You should use appropriate tool to check for broken links and repair
it without delay.
Clear and easy to read
The web page should not
be unnecessarily cluttered which may not make it easy to read. Animated
graphics in the background with text on it makes poor in content and look. It
should be dark text on light background with your contents put in an organized
manner on the page. This should be easy on the eye and the reader will find
what he or she is looking for quickly.
All parts your website
should be easy to access and viewers should be able to find what they are
looking for. Make your website user friendly for your buyers. Give an overview
of your site’s content so that the viewers are aware of what your site
contains. Provide lots of links to reach relevant pages. Your home page should
be connected to other parts of your web page. But, don’t load the homepage with
all information. This is because the viewers may like to view one part before
the other and not necessarily in order. Therefore, you must provide a table of
content and link to each separately. To reduce space consumption use text links
and avoid using Java script.
Last but not the least is the use of spell check.
Spelling errors make your site look unprofessional. It does not impress the
viewers and they may not view it anticipating poor performance which may not be
the case. With spelling mistakes on your site you give a poor impression of