Basics to Design a Website – The Essentials of Successful Website Design

Just like a student of medicine needs the foundation of a thorough understanding of human anatomy, just like a mechanic can’t survive without knowing the ins and outs of a car’s engine, and similar to the love and reverence of a software programmer to C++, developers of templates for websites, web apps and all web based user experiences have a lot to gain from being thorough with the core essentials of website’s anatomy!

Website designing is a complex process. Professional designers that have been in the trade for many years now, even they are still learning the ropes of the process, simply because with new technologies coming in everyday, no designer can claim that they know the know-how of website design completely. And the one way in which designers have made it easy for the beginners to learn and get to know the craft is by giving them templates. In this article, we do a breakup and explain to you what it takes to design a website template! You can also see website design.

Basics to Design a Website – Infographic

Understanding Wireframes and Structures

Making progress in the initial stages of your web template design can be tough, because of the limitless range of possibilities. Bring in some direction to your efforts by using wireframes and structures. Simply put, wireframes are blueprints or visual schematics for your template, representing the outlook of the web template.

Use wire-framing kits with templates for information design, navigation design, and interface design – the 3 vital elements of website template prototyping.

Action Points for A Channelized Design and Layout Exercise

Avoid getting lost in the ocean of options, and use these tips and tricks to churn out really strong template prototypes.

Add a grid to the PSD file you’re using for prototype development; it gives you a sense of measurements and alignments and helps avoid future design blocks.

Divide the screen space into separate sections to accommodate distinct design elements such as menu bars, sidebars, slideshows, related posts sections, and contact details.

Select a primary colour for the colour scheming of your web template and be ready with 4 related shades to bring in some freshness to the colour impact of the template when needed.

Target every design component and make it the best, and then ensure coherence between multiple components.

Creating Sustainable Web Templates

Being in the thick of things of the bare essentials that web users demand from templates is of utter importance. Here’s a run through of the considerations you need to be alive about-

Targeting Web Browsers:

Templates with mass appeal are better optimized for Chrome and Internet Explorer, whereas niche templates are better off targeting Opera and Safari. Nothing wrong on either of the approaches, as long as your decision is in sync with the market share of the browser you target specifically.

Pre-requisites of Screen Resolutions:

99 out of 100 web users see their web content on screens with resolutions higher than 1024×768, so ensure that you deliver enough design and visual aplomb to be relevant on the web.

Screen Resolution Statistics

Experimenting with Typefaces and Typography:

Be prepared to spend adequate time in playing around with typefaces like bold, thin, condensed, expanded, italic, underlined, strikethrough and more, and experiment with typography basics like tracking, kerning, leading and sizing to make your template’s text content ‘look’ great.

Responsiveness for Mobile Relevance:

Leverage fluidic grids, media queries and flexible images to ensure that websites based upon your template look great and coherent on all screen sizes. The world is moving to higher percentages of mobile web accesses, so responsiveness in your templates is a must-have.

by Irshad Shaik

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