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Our Guide to End-to-End Website Design

This article shares our web design recommendations for enterprises looking to craft immersive online experiences for audiences.

End-to-End Website Design: A Comprehensive Guide to Building Seamless Online Experiences

More and more businesses are now migrating their products and services from traditional brick-and-mortar stores to online spaces instead. The ubiquity of smartphones, tablets, and other IoT devices has meant that there is more opportunity than ever for brands to capture new audiences and engage and retain customers through crafted online experiences.

However, succeeding in this venture is easier said than done. This is because an effective online experience (whether that’s e-commerce, content, or even more advanced forms such as digital platforms, or augmented and virtual reality) is ultimately incumbent upon the guiding principles of smart web design.

So, what does it take to design a truly immersive online experience? In this step-by-step guide, we’ll share some of our key web design best practices and explain how collaborating with Future Platforms can help you unlock these fundamental principles. Read on to learn more.

8 Key Web Design Best Practices

1. Understand Your Users

The first step any designer or developer should take before they begin any actual programming is to understand what users of their site or platform actually want from it.

Answering this question should involve investigative research, including polling and surveying the demographics you're attempting to target. This research can establish users' aesthetic preferences, pain points, needs, and common web design issues that turn them off.

2. Effortless Navigation

When people are browsing your site or checking out your platform, the last thing they want is to be bogged down by endless menus, unnecessary pages, or unresponsive search bars.

You never want your target users to get lost or frustrated, so try to ensure that your site is clearly structured and well-organised, and that even the most uninitiated can find what they’re looking for. You’ll want to strike a balance between breaking your site down into categories and subheadings while striving to ensure that your content isn’t left feeling disjointed or disparate.

Clear CTAs are an ideal way to direct users who might otherwise be disoriented. Remember to structure your site around the user's journey, with each relevant landing page flowing in a logical progression.

3. Optimise for Mobile

According to Statista, mobile users now account for approximately 50% of all online activity worldwide. With this in mind, ensure that your UX makes it as easy as possible for mobile users to navigate the platform.

Perform rigorous testing to determine whether it can easily adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions and whether its users can easily interact with your site using touch screens, mouse and keyboard, or other interfaces.

4. Be Consistent

Another vital aspect of a seamless online experience is brand consistency. You want the look, mood, and feel of the virtual space your users are traversing to be consistent with your brand’s visual style, purpose, and identity.

Ensuring that all elements of your typography, colour schemes, icons, and graphics are consistent throughout your websites, apps, and marketing materials will make it far easier for users to connect with your brand.

5. Make it Personal

Per Retail Touch Points, more than a third of shoppers surveyed claim that they want online experiences to be more personalised to them. So, if your website or platform is geared towards e-commerce, try to lean into this. Offer your customers promotions and recommendations based on their past interactions, and take advantage of tools like cookie retargeting and geo-location to understand your customer journeys and tailor their web experience to their personal preferences.

6. Utilise Hierarchical Design

When guiding your users through your website or platform, you want to use subliminal cues to signpost them in the right direction. This is where design hierarchies come into play. Design elements, such as colours, fonts, sizing, and even animation, can all be used to direct users to where you want them to go and highlight aspects of your page in order of their importance.

7. Leverage Analytics and Feedback

The research and user discovery process shouldn’t end at your project’s inception either. Instead, make research a continuous process. By pouring through your analytics and website data and polling users over time, you’ll have access to a wealth of relevant information to help you continually refine and reiterate your website.

8. Work with a Trusted and Experienced Partner

Here's our last tip for crafting a seamless online experience: if you lack the design know-how, find a trusted partner with the right background to deliver a website that your users will fall in love with.

You need to collaborate with web design gurus with a thorough knowledge of web design best practices. A partner who will work to understand your industry, your business needs, and the desires of your target audience and craft an online experience that will resonate with consumers.

This is where Future Platforms can help.

Learn How Future Platforms can Improve Your Site’s Interactivity

Here at Future Platforms, we’ve already worked with a number of major clients to help create engaging digital experiences for their users.

Our bespoke services are specially tailored to help your business propel itself into the digital arena and resonate with consumers. Leveraging our expertise in technology solutions, we can help you drive e-commerce revenue, improve customer satisfaction, connect with fresh audiences, and much much more.

So, if you'd like to learn more about how Future Platforms can help level up your design and increase interactivity, please contact our team today.