The ultimate guide to web designing


January 11, 2021

The concept of website design in Delhi today goes beyond simple aesthetics, the overall functionality of the website is a vital part of any website. Web designing is not limited to the website viewed on desktops but also the user interface design, mobile apps, web applications etc. The reason as to why web design is very important is because it has a huge impact on the performance of your website on search engines like Google, Bing, etc. Web design is basically the process of conceptualizing, arranging, and planning the content online. There are many things that add up to making the perfect website and understanding the nuances of web designing. This article will give you insights into all the things you need to know to create not only an aesthetically beautiful website but also the one that ranks high in searches and functions impeccably.

Find the right inspiration

The first step in designing the perfect website start with finding the right inspiration. There are various sources from where you can pick your inspiration starting from websites like Pinterest, Awwwards, Behance, Site inspire, or Web design inspiration. You can also let your creative juices flowing by drawing inspiration from the type of product or services being offered and taking hints from the requirements of your clients. Further, you need to understand the purpose of why you are making this website and what elements like dynamic images, graphic designs etc. you can use to relate it with the purpose. Researching your competitor and analyzing the elements they are adding and leaving off will help you understand what makes you similar and different. You can also find websites related to your area of interest and note things that you like and don’t like so you can know what you need to add or delete. Skimming through various websites and graphic designer’s portfolios will give you a wider sense of understanding and ideas to create your own website. Many websites like Dribble or Behance can bring you graphic designs and award-winning websites designed by creative professionals to brush your ideas as well. 

Choosing the right web design tools

Mainly there are two ways through which you can design a website, either by using a desktop app or by making use of a website builder. The size of the team, budget decided, the type of website you want to architect and the technical requirements will decide the type of web design tool you will be using.

  • Desktop app– When designers use the desktop app, they need to create their design, send it development team who convert it to a code. Some popular desktop apps for web designers like Sketch or Photoshop make the process of designing very easy. If you building a large or complex website, then the desktop app is more suitable as you can focus on how it looks or feel and let the development team do the technical chores. While this process can be a little expensive and time taking as it includes multiple resources, building a website with fewer technicalities is always recommended.
  • Website builder– Many websites let the designer easily create the design using its set of templates, designs, and editing options along with options of a free trial to make the experience even more comfortable. All you need to do is choose a website after proper research to find the one that fits all your requirements.

Web design elements

For a website to perform well in terms of speed, ranking, ability to engage the audience, and searchability, the designer must include elements that work well both in terms of functionality and appearance.

Visual elements 

  • Written copy- The content writers and designers must work hand in hand to create a design with balanced elements. Try adding chunks of text to complement the graphics and images.
  • Fonts- The font you choose should pair with the colours, schemes, and images to complement your overall designs. 
  • Colours- It is a very element that can make or break the whole look of the website. As the psychology of colours plays an important role, always align the colours with the message and scheme of the brand you want to convey.
  • Layout- The arrangement of your content on the website plays a crucial role in the functionality and usability of the website. Always consider your target audience while deciding your layout.

Functional elements

  • Navigation- The navigation of your website determines whether or not your website is functioning properly. Make sure the pages are easily accessible and serve multiple purposes.
  • Speed- You audience won’t wait for more than a few seconds for the website to load, therefore make sure your website is fast and performs quickly.

Types of websites (Adaptive website Vs Responsive website)

Adaptive websites- Adaptive websites are basically web designs that use more than two versions of websites that are customized for different screen sizes. Adapts based on the device lets your browser connect to a website and the HTTP request will include user agent that will inform the server about the type of device it is attempting to view. The adaptive website already knows the version of the site to display on the device like a tablet, phone or desktop. Adapts based on browser width uses media queries and different breakpoints to switch between the versions of different devices. This offers better viewing experiences and adapts based on the width of the browser.

Responsive websites- These websites use a flexible grid layout that is based on the percentage that each element takes up. For example, if the header takes 25%, the element will stay at 25% only irrespective of the change in the screen size. These websites also use breakpoints to create a customized look on every screen size, and unlike adaptive websites, they constantly keep changing the screen size. It provides a great experience on every screen size and device. There is a truckload of templates available for designers to choose from.

The final takeaway

This article gave you a brief insight into various elements and nuances that goes into designing a website. But the designer must always keep in mind that the user comes first and above the personal choice and taste, Their experience should be at the forefront as they will decide whether or not they want to visit your website. Always make sure you balance the visual and functional elements to strike balance and get the best results in terms of appearance and functionality. All these should be coupled with current design trends and elements for an exciting and comfortable surfing experience for your visitors.

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