When you are developing a website, your goal is to make your website as effective and useful as possible. You want to give your audience the best browsing experience that they can half. A lot of things can affect that. It is up to you to minimize anything that will affect their enjoyment and satisfaction. Read this article to learn more about how you can create websites that your visitors will love.
One of the biggest complaints that web users often have is that a website loads too slowly. Page load time is often affected by the images loading on that page. If there are too many images, or if the file sizes of the image is too large, this can prolong the page load time.
Even if a user has to wait for a few more seconds, those seconds seem like an eternity if he cannot see the entire web page a second or two after he clicks on a link. Therefore, be careful how you use images on a page. Use your graphics editor to reduce the file size as much as possible without negatively impacting the image display. Avoid cluttering your page with too many images.
This brings to the point about only using images and graphics when you really have to. Text should make up your primary content, unless you are managing a photo gallery. Images and graphics should only be used if you want to further illustrate a point in context. Remember, users who are visually-impaired cannot see those graphics. They rely on their screen readers to read text. Your non-text elements need a description put into the “alt” attribute of the image tag in the source code.
Another thing that you should avoid using is images that are animated. This may be a novelty, but to many web users, it can be irritating. There is really no reason why you should use animated text unless you want to draw your user’s attention immediately to the animation. Animated graphics distract the user from the main content, and they usually add no value to the user experience. Therefore, avoid these.
Your layout should be standard, with your navigation menu positioned at common locations: at the top or at either side of the page. If your layout gets too fancy, your users may have a difficult time getting themselves orientated. They will spend time trying to figure how your website works instead of reading your content.
Research has shown that content with too many different font styles slows down reading. Therefore, use only standard font families in your content, and do not use more than two font types. Using more that two will make your page look incohesive.
Make use of white space to keep your content from looking like one big block of text. Leave adequate between lines to make reading easier.
Paying attention to these issues will give your users a better browsing experience. If you apply this to your website, your visitors will come back time after time.