In order to ensure maximum readability as well as usability of your website, you need to ensure that you have carefully considered proper layout for your web pages. If the users of your website are uncomfortable with what they are seeing, their tendency is to leave your website and move to the next. Here are some tips to ensure the readability and usability of your website.
- Avoid excess noise. In order to minimize the noise in your web pages and thereby improve readability and usability, you need to make use of headings and sub-headings in breaking up the content areas of your web page. You can also make use of background colors in order to break up areas on your web page. Remove contents which are unnecessary. If a picture or a piece of text can be taken out from the webpage without truly impacting the ability of the user to use the page efficiently, remove it. Avoid capitalization of long sentences. It is much effective if you capitalize a few words rather than the entire sentence.
- Consider the movements in your webpage. If you notice your mind has already evolved and adapted to ignore the things that move on a web page. Experience has already overpowered you in that if something moves, it is most likely that it is an advertisement. Unless, you are intentionally looking for some advertisements, your mind will immediately filter those things. It is for this reason that it is recommended that you avoid using animated buttons or headlines that flashes and fancy texts on your web pages.
- Chunking refers to the art of breaking up large blocks or chunks of information into smaller chunks. It is much easier for one’s mind to remember the smaller chunks compared to the larger ones. One effective way of chunking is by breaking up long sentences or paragraphs into lists.
- Design for a 640 x 480 screen resolution. Generally, you need to ensure that your entire website can be viewed on screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
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