Creating a website in 2020 is easier than ever. You do not even have to do a whole lot because you can build an entire website with the help of services such as WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, and many more. All of these services provide you with an intuitive workspace where you can easily add elements to your website. Most of them even support a drag-and-drop system. But, if you want an efficient website that is quick and snappy, you will need to consider the most important aspects of its design and development.
However, if you do consider these aspects to build a proper website, this entire process will become much more complicated and it will take a lot more time to finish. If you are ready for this kind of challenge, you will need to figure out those aspects.
Do not worry, with a little bit of practice and knowledge on this topic, it will not be that difficult. To help you, I decided to make this article and write about those most important aspects that you must consider.
1. Domain name
Before you start doing anything, one of the first things you will have to figure out is the name of your webpage. You cannot skip this part of the process. If you do not come up with a name, you will not be able to continue onward. You will not be able to work on design or development.
Unfortunately, coming up with a good domain name is never easy. Especially when you consider that there are hundreds of thousands of websites out there. Even if you do come up with something interesting and catchy, there is a great chance that the domain is already taking.
To find out whether a certain domain is free, you can use the services from sites such as name.com, godaddy.com, and others. These services will show you the availability of a certain name instantly.
But, even if you do manage to come up with an interesting name for your website, there is one more thing you have to consider. You need to ensure that the name of your site ends with .com. This is the most recognized top-level domain in the world. Of course, you could also try .net, .org, or .uk, but they are not as popular.
2. Speed, responsiveness, and overall performance
As a new website developer, I assume that you have all kinds of different ideas for the design of the user interface. And that is a good thing. It is good to have ideas and determination to build something that is unique and different.
However, usually, the problem with all of those unique ideas is the fact that they end up being unresponsive, slow, and not optimized. That is unacceptable on the Internet in 2020. Everyone wants a snappy, fast, and responsive experience from the website. If you are unable to deliver that kind of experience, they will just close the webpage and go to the next one. This is how a lot of businesses lose their customers.
So, if you are unable to deliver the design of that user interface with good performance, it will probably be best to go down a different path.
Bad performance is one of the most common mistakes along the way of website development/design. It is also one of the most important factors when it comes to SEO.
3. Intuitive user interface
How your website will look visually is essential for its success. If it seems unappealing and unsatisfying, no one will decide to stay. Everyone will want to skip to some other alternative. But, coming up with a proper visual design is not easy. Especially when you consider that the design could influence the performance of the page. It is important to find a balance between design and speed.
However, you also cannot forget about the experience of the user. Building an intuitive user interface is not easy, but it is essential. Before you make released the final version of your website, I suggest that you let at least a few people test the interface. If you get a positive response from these people, you can go right ahead and release the final version. If not, you will have to go back and work on the interface.
4. Visual representation of content
Most of the people that will be visiting your website are there to see the content. Whether it is tax, images, or videos. That is what they are most interested in. Right now, whether the content is good or bad, it does not matter. What is important in the development process is whether your visual representation of the content is appealing.
You want that content to be right in front of the face of the user. Otherwise, they might miss it or skip it entirely. It is up to you to come up with a design that will catch the attention of a user. There are many ways you can do that, but one of the most efficient ways is with strong and bold colors. Something bright that will immediately attract the eye.
5. Easy and simple navigation
You could put good navigation under “Intuitive user interface”, but I believe that it is important enough that it deserves its own point/paragraph. Without proper navigation, the website will never be able to achieve proper customer retention.
Want all the menus, information, and access to the content to be right in front of the user. One of the best ways you can do that is with a hamburger menu. It should be right on top of all the content on the website and it should drop down over the text, images, or videos below. You want the hamburger menu to be the center of attention while it is in use.
Of course, you can always play around with the navigation menu as much as you want to see which one works best for your design.
There are many other aspects that you should consider for the development and design of your website, but I believe that these several elements and factors I mentioned in this article are the most important.