Seven Basic Principles to Follow when Creating a Website

The Internet is home to millions of websites dedicated to the most amazing subjects; this is why it should come as no surprise that we can find websites about mostly anything, with detailed information. If you are thinking about creating a website, then you should not be in a hurry to start your project but rather do a little bit of research first. Otherwise, you will risk not reaching your target audience or not being successful enough with your final creation. Let’s see the seven basic principles to follow when creating a website.

Definitely, the article is created mostly for the beginners and intermediary level but I strongly encourage the more specialized ones to read it and add up their contributions.

1.Pick a theme/subject/niche

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It might sound like the obvious thing to do but the truth is that, without a good theme or subject, you will not be able to reach a large segment of the Internet population and establish a successful online presence. Because there are so many websites dedicated to one single subject, it is definitely recommended that you will search for a niche that is unique by definition. Find something that people love and do your research, so as to make sure there is very little information about the subject present on the Internet. With a well-chosen niche for your website, success will surely come about.

2.Catch up with the terminology

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At first sight, it might sound simple to create a website but the truth is that there are a lot of things you need to know about the subject. Do not be quick to start making the actual website or you will end up making a lot of mistakes and losing precious time. Instead, start by gathering and understanding the terms that are usually used in the field of web design; once you know them by heart, you will know that it is safe to proceed further. For example, you need to become familiar with terms such as applet, content, CSS, DHTML, domain, font, layout and the list could go on for a really long time.

3.Tutorials exist for a reason, use them!

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Even if you know a thing or two about creating a website, this does not mean that you possess all the knowledge in the world and that you do not need to learn any more. On the contrary, on the Internet there are hundreds of tutorials made by some of the best specialists out there, tutorials that can teach you a lot of great things about making websites. There are tutorials recommended for both beginner and advanced website designers, so you can really find something that is suitable for you. Do not be quick to believe that you do not have any more knowledge to acquire, because there will always be something new and useful to learn.

4.Do not over-complicate your design

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For someone who has experience when it comes to creating websites, it does not seem that impossible to keep it simple. However, beginners and especially those who are accumulating a lot of information really fast, have the tendency to add more elements to a website than it should have. The final result can be disastrous and no one wants to visit a website without useful content; you can avoid this trap by keeping things simple and always remembering the purpose for which you are making the website. Good content can come in a simple package, keep that in mind.

5.Pay attention to the fonts that you use

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This is simple advice but it is actually very important, because, if you go wrong with the type of the font or its size, then you won’t have any people coming to your website and thus no traffic to guarantee your success. Make sure that the font you have chosen for the content present on the website is readable and big enough, so that your readers are not forced to squint their eyes in order to read. Also, make sure that you bold out the ideas that are the most important and use a different font for the titles, so that they stand out. Every little detail matters and this is especially valid when it comes to chosen fonts.

6.Smooth navigation is the key to success

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When making a website, the most important thing is that you put yourself in the shoes of your visitors. In this way, you can think about how simple or how complicated it would be for them to browse your website. While there are many elements that you need to take into consideration, it is of great importance to organize the website browsing menu in a way that smooth navigation is guaranteed. If the user has to go through a lot of web pages until he reaches the one he desired in the first place, then there is a very good chance he will lose interest and leave the website all together. A menu that guarantees easy navigation will also contribute to keeping your visitors loyal.

7.Keep on making changes or improving your website

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Do not believe that once you have create a website that there will be no more work involved. On the contrary, good web designers know that there are always changes that can be made in order to improve the website or adapt to the current demands of the targeted market. New things appear on a regular basis and if you do not learn how to stay abreast of the current changes, then you will risk being swallowed up by the competition.

And the conclusion…

There are many more things that could said about making a website but you need to understand that you must do a lot of preparation and research in order to come up with the best results. If you feel like there are other principles that one should follow when creating a website, feel free to use the comment form and let others know your own opinion. Sharing knowledge can help in many situations and this is definitely recommended here. So, what do you say, are you ready to start making your very first website? The answer is obvious!

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Jayanti Solanki

Web development is my first love. Over the last 8+ years, I have developed an array of websites for many startups & businesses using HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, Magento and PHP.

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