Web Design Usable or Losable

In the world of web design there are different pieces of the puzzle that, used together, make for an appealing, successful web design. Of the components in web design, one of the most important is the usability of the web design. Now, this can be a vague term, especially in web design since there are so many different factors to take in to consideration when thinking about usability. Luckily once you understand the concept of web design usability it is not that difficult to modify your web design to fit the standards of a usable website.

Layout

The layout of a web design is a large factor in how usable the web design actually is. The main thing to remember about the layout of your web design is that no information should be hidden. Hidden in this context does not mean the same as you may assume, what it means is that you should not have to search to far to find information you are looking for within a web design. A good web design layout will have a specific structure to it that is easily understood by the visitor to the web design.

As an example let’s say you visit a web design or purchasing a part for a boat. If you would like to call the company instead of searching through the web design you should not have to search 4 or 5 links deep to find such information, and if you do you should know right away what set of links will take you there. This can be done with a menu or even with a section of the web design dedicated to information about the company. This way you will know that following the web design links about the company will lead you to the contact information.

Navigation

The navigation of a web design is very important for the overall usability of the web design. After all the navigation of your web design is how a visitor will see all of the different pages. The navigation of a web design consists of a few different components including menus, breadcrumbs, information links, buttons, and even the footer menu. Each of these components allows a visitor to your web design to move around the website from page to page and back again. If the navigation of your web design is not set up properly, such as no menu or no breadcrumbs, then the visitor will have a hard time finding information and products in your web design.

Content

The content of a web design, although not as important as navigation and layout, is still a component in the usability of a web design. This may seem weird because content in a web design is mostly text and images, but it is that text and images that will in some way contribute to the linking structure of your web design, as well as the marketing aspects of your web design. Let’s say, for instance, you have a large selection of products you sell from your web design. Well, the people on your web design that will be purchasing these items will likely want some information either about the products or the technology related to the products. If this content is non-existent, or only available in a 2000 word article there is a good chance it won’t get read and the item won’t get purchased.  For content to contribute to the usability of your web design, you will want to keep it brief and informative without much filler.

Graphics, Images, Multimedia

These are three aspects in a web design that can destroy usability. If you are going to load your web design with these components, you will end up taking away from the actual content of the web design. In this context, content refers to products, services, and information. Too many images or multimedia components will crowd the overall web design leaving you with a barely usable web design. Make sure to use these components in moderation within your web design and you will be fine.