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3 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves Before Designing or Redesigning a Webpage

With web design tools becoming easier and easier to use,
almost anyone with an idea can create their own website.
In many cases, individuals who design without professional
guidance miss key elements, which compromise the effectiveness
of their webpage. In order to help understand some of these
mistakes being made by novice designers, we will dissect
the current redesign of and
discuss some of the major questions that should be asked before
creating or redesigning any webpage.

What is the focus?

This is the most important question to ask yourself before
you begin any project. In the case of,
the main purpose of the site was to promote the client's
downloadable book. The original design failed to accomplish
this. Not only was the book difficult to find, it wasn't even
mentioned on the main page! See for yourself:

In order to ensure the downloadable book can be easily accessed
by a visitor, two links were created on the main page to lead
prospects directly to the download page. If the link in the
header doesn't draw the attention of the prospect, the large
graphic of the book in the center of the page definitely will.
Also, eye-catching text, designed to promote the benefits of
the product, accompanies each link leading to the book's download
page. This gives the prospect yet another reason to download the book.

Does your design achieve continuity?

A simple way to diagnose this problem is to ask "Do all the
elements in the webpage look like they belong together?"
The original design of had two major problems
in this department. The choice of graphics for the navigation
and the choice of fonts were throwing off the overall
unity of the page design.

When it comes to establishing continuity within a webpage,
there is no better guide than simplicity. For the navigation
and overall graphics, a simple color pallet was chosen consisting
mainly of green as the primary color and yellow as a secondary.
Sticking to this color pallet ensures that we avoid the introduction
of colors that may clash with the rest of the design. Also, font
choices play a major role in achieving the overall flow within the
main page of the site. Again, simple is the way to go. Only one
major font was chosen for the redesign. This makes it easier to
establish font hierarchy, allowing clear interpretation of the
differences between headlines and body text.

Does your website capture leads?

Without capturing leads, any website that was created to generate
business is doomed to fail. When looking at the original
design there are several things that could be improved upon in this area.
In the original design, the newsletter sign up area was located nearly
halfway down the page compromising the chances of it being viewed
by potential customers. Also, the graphics and text accompanying
the submission field were not at all eye-catching.

The Solution for this dilemma was simple. First, the newsletter's
sign up area's location was moved to become one of the first items
mentioned on the page. Secondly, it was given more prominence by
enlarging its headline text making it more likely to be noticed
by potential prospects.

Although asking these questions about your site during a redesign
may help improve the odds of success, it's only the beginning.
There are many other subtle elements that must be considered in order
to make a website successful. At worlddesignservices we take them
all into account when designing or redesigning your website.
Let us have a look at it. Contact us at and we'll provide you with
specific recommendations that will help improve your websites
profitability today.

About the Author
Colin Eyo is a member of Worldprofit's
Design Team at ( Remember your
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