Web Design oriented towards your visitors…
All websites are designed towards your visitors, but how many sites are actually designed towards the visitors specific? Very few…
This might not make much sense at face value, why wouldn’t you create a web page that is tailored to your visitors? The question is not why wouldn’t you, but why aren’t you?
If you study the statistics, you can be set free…
The truth of the matter is that most web pages are designed towards what the owner wants, not the user. They focus too much attention on the appearance, or nit pick the details, but fail completely to consider what would cater enough to the visitors.
That is not to say that the design or details are not important, only that at the root of every decision you should ask “Is this what would be best for a visitor of my site?”.
Let’s start by looking at the appearance
Most designers focus a lot on appearance. In some instances, having a very appealing design is important. Those in the industry of creating design/art, for example. However, people do not visit websites because they look pretty. They visit websites because the site offers services, information, or content that is valuable to them. Because of this, that should be your main focus not the design.
If not the design, what about the copy?
This is where it gets tricky. I already said that the design is not important, the content is. This is true, however most users do not read all of the content on a web page, they simply scan.
So now the design isn’t important, and neither is the copy?
Yes and no. The copy is more important than the design, but highlighting and bringing focus to the key information is more important than both. That is why it is very important to take advantage of headings, italics, bold, and color changes to shift focus to the key phrases that you want people to read.
Make your site easy!
Think about the average user of your site, and figure out what they would want to get out of visiting the web page. Then make those elements as easy to get to as possible. This often includes office hours and contact information/forms on every page, a sitemap with detailed information on every page, the first element on a menu is the focus of the site, unburied and featured content, etc…
If you tailor your site to your visitors, it will be a success!
Remember, every decision for your site should be tailored to your target market, and towards how your target market uses the internet. People want information fast and easy on the internet, and any time delay will often turn people away and towards your competitors.