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Designing a website, at an initial glance, seems like a difficult thing to achieve.  However, by keeping it simple and ensuring you’re catering to the needs of whoever the website is Website design and web hositngfor, both from a client and end user perspective,  is actually very straightforward once you know some basic HTML, have access to WYSISYG website builder software, which is included with JaguarPC hosting plans, and have spent some time reading about the latest web design practices.

Here are the areas on which you should focus the most.

Have a Great User Interface
Modern web design is all about the user experience, and it starts with the interface itself.  Make sure your site design keeps everything together so that it is easy to navigate.  How many good websites do you know of where the navigation bar is at the top of one page but then in the sidebar or footer on the next page?

Essentially, every page on your site should have the same shell, which means name, logo, contact details, maybe a call to action, and social sharing buttons.

Be 100% Consistent
We’re talking here about the layout of content on pages, as well as the colors you use and everything else from the font to how you present photographs and other media.  There are many guides available that talk about color combinations to use and avoid, check them out so you’re not presenting a site that does nothing but hurt the eyes.

If you do decide to mix things up within pages, keep it logical and try to replicate this approach throughout.

Go for Maximum Readability
This is really just to affirm what we said when talking about consistency.  What many designers forget, because many don’t write copy, is that a great looking website is wonderful, but without the substance of something engaging to read and inspire a call to action, it doesn’t count for as much as it could.

As a website designer, it is up to you to put pages together to ensure they will still look brilliant once they’re populated with copy.  Even if you have to use “lorem ipsum” text throughout an initial design, it will at least give you an idea of what the finished article will look like.

Use Responsive Design
Using responsive design cuts out the need to check if a site looks great on mobile devices and different browsers.  It’s also right at the top of most ‘modern design trends’ lists, and is something you should be doing whether designing for yourself or for clients.

While doing this, make sure you shrink documents and media to as small a file size as possible before going live to maintain page speed.

Check Links and Applications
If you’re designing for a client and not involved in the copy side of things, then the links won’t be an issue, although you’ll obviously check them if building your own site.  It is crucial that you check any third party applications, particularly open source ones, as these can be an easy in for malware to attack your site and infect users’ devices.

Stick to these tips and you will find that you can create a website that is not only visually appealing but also user friendly.

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