Web Design Guidelines

Danny Donovan
August 22, 2013

Today’s web design guidelines are important blueprints used for the design and creation of Web 2.0 sites. Websites today, in fact, are what we perceive as Web 2.0 sites. The term describes websites that go beyond the static web pages of the Web 1.0 past, instead introducing elements that allow users to interact and collaborate with each other. Web 2.0 brought on websites that now allow user interaction, collaboration and content creation in many communities across the Internet today.

The newer guidelines implemented by Web 2.0 naturally affected business websites. Many adopted newer strategies to get users and potential consumers involved with their web campaigns. Today’s business websites now employ sleeker designs, commonly integrated with some kind of social media platform for user interaction between users and the business itself.

If you’re already getting started to design your own business website, it’s not exactly practical to use some kind of graphic design Florida company without understanding what you’re doing. Website design, as mentioned, follows certain guidelines.

The main pillars or elements of these same guidelines are functionality, usability and simplicity. Without one or all three, your site is more likely to suffer some kind of design-related discrepancy against others on the web.

  • Simplicity is essential for today’s website. It allows web designers to express your website’s main goals through its user interface and overall functionality. In other words, simplicity keeps your website from being too difficult to use, allowing a wide variety of users to take advantage of its features. Visual elements are usually kept minimal, colors attractive to the eye and site elements easy to navigate.
  • Usability determines how your users will navigate your website. Web visitors can be fickle, meaning they’re more likely to leave a website if they can’t efficiently navigate said website. As an example, the main navigation bar of a website generally rests at the top of a web page, allowing users to access other web pages without having to look everywhere else.
  • Functionality encompasses the functions of your site and how users utilize them. Your website features should directly contribute to your website’s relevant content. As another example, websites built for offline-based businesses usually have web pages featuring directions for their physical location. These pages let people find their business location without having to search the web.

There’s already a lot of Florida web design companies out there that can help you make a usable, functional and simple website for your business. Start looking for a great South Florida web design company today to get started.

Danny Donovan
Upon graduation, with little money and a ton of risk, Danny took his project and put his degree into action by starting his own website design business. With little direction, he began to learn the ins and outs of running a website development and marketing agency through trial and error. To start, Dsquared Media resided in a tiny 210 square foot office space located in Delray Beach, Florida that was barely room enough for employees to work. As time progressed, so did Danny’s knowledge on maintaining and running a successful business based on progressive marketing strategies. Currently, Dsquared Media employs 12 media professionals and is located in a space over 7 times larger than the tiny office in Delray. Danny attributes his success to a keen eye for intelligent design and an inspiration to live according to his passions.

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