The Four Pillars of Web Design
Web design is part of every website. Every website should have careful consideration and time put into its web design. Not everyone is well versed in creating a web design from scratch, as learning to create a web design can be a daunting task. Not only is creating a web design from scratch time consuming, but learning as you go can be even more perilous. Web design, as we know it, can be imagined like a three dimensional structure. The structure of web design has four pillars. In this analogy the roof is the content and media, while the four pillars are the structural necessities required to keep the roof up and functioning. These four pillars are – the header, the footer, the navigation and the body of the web design. Without one of these "pillars", the web design becomes faulty and unsteady, as each of these items work together to ensure that the web design is neat and functioning properly. Because web design that does not function properly will always turn visitors away, and a web design that turns customers away is a nightmare for online sales.
First Pillar – The Header
The header of your web design is where the most important information will be displayed for instant viewing, such as your company title, your logo, or your slogan. The header usually goes on top of your web design, and is the initial focus for your viewers when they see your web design.
Second Pillar – The Footer
The footer closes your website, and may contain links, and your copyright disclosure and generally closing your web design as such a closing paragraph would end a speech, repeating the most crucial of information one last time for your viewers to see before they leave your web design.
Third Pillar – The Navigation Bar
Without navigation, your viewers would be lost when visiting your website. Navigation helps lead your viewer throughout your web design with relative ease, meant to be their guide, keeping them from wandering aimlessly through your web design.
Forth Pillar – The Body
The body is what your viewer came for, and it is usually between the header and the footer with the navigation bar to one of the sides. The body is where all the content of your web design is. The body is where the information on your web design is stored, and your navigation can help your viewers find that information in your body with ease. Your web design is meaningless without your body, and your body is nothing without a good solid web design.
Without all four of these pillars, your web design will surely crumble and fall. Each one of these pillars not only have a unique place on your web design, but interact uniquely with each other to give us the interaction with various user friendly web designs we see today. So when making your web design does not forget the four pillars of web design.