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Design for a websiteWorking out a design for a website is a three step process, the first step is to decide on the very basics of what the website needs to function correctly and this largely depends on what you are promoting on the website.

For a personal blog you will need unique and informative content, an online store needs to captivate and keep visitors searching through your website to make sales, an event website needs to provide the latest news and events that are unfolding around your area.  

The second step is to plan the layout of the website, this includes where the contact information will be located on the website, what you want on your home page to promote products etc to your websites visitors and the type of content that you need to attract visitors to your website.

The third step is to put the design together and build the final product, a good way to get ideas is to find websites that are similar to your website and do some research on how they have set out the website, and remember your website needs to be unique so do not copy other websites content.

When you have your website design sorted out you can then create a website with the Wordpress content management system, installing a Wordpress website is very easy you can use our guide create a wordpress website to get you started, for web hosting we thoroughly recommend Siteground as your hosting provider you will be assured of reliable web hosting along with the best customer support around.

The easy method for getting a design you like is to search for a Wordpress theme from a market place, we recommend Template Monster as they stock a large range of in house themes that are already pre populated with content then replace the content with your own, this way you have a ready to go website without the hassle of starting from scratch.  

Basic Website Design

When starting out on a new website design for a novice it is advisable to keep the design simple, the most common pages used on websites and the most important include the websites home page which should promote what the website is about.

A contact page with all your contact information like phone numbers if you run a business website your email address and the physical location of your business are very important, a personal website just needs a basic contact page with your email address should a visitor needs to ask a question.

Including an about page on your website is also a great idea for a business website you can tell the story of how the business started, who was the founder of the business etc, for a personal website you can include your interests and why you started your website this about page makes visitors feel welcome on your website.

Website Pages

Fonts And Color

Deciding on fonts and color schemes for your website are very important, the font on your website needs to be sharp and clear and keep the font simple so visitors can easily read the content on your website Google fonts are a great place to look, colors need to complement each other and not cause a distraction on one part of a page as this keeps visitors from taking in all the information you present to them.

 

Website Fonts And Color

Images And Photography

Images are very important for the design of any website they convy important information, make the page more attractive and give the websites visitor some thing to look at while browsing your website, you can use your own images, pay for premium images or get free images from places like dreamstime and canva

Website Blog

Providing a website blog is a very powerful tool for any business or personal website, for business websites you can promote products or services through the websites blog, communicate with customers on how the product works and also the blog will attract new visitors to your website.

For personal and hobby websites the website blog is a great tool for attracting more visitors to your website,  you can write articles about your interests post images and generally make your website more inviting to visitors. 

Website Blog

Contact And Location

When designing your website your contact information is very important particually for a business website, this information should be located at the very top of the page and also the bottom of the page, and it is a good idea to include opening hours a phone number and your email address or a contact form that the customer can submit, for a personal website you can include your name or just a contact email address.