If this is your first shot at web design, there are some things you should know before you proceed. First impressions are always the best impressions, and so it’s important for you to know how to make the most from your first impression. Let’s look at some basics to get you started.

#1 Make Full Use of the Space You Have
Your website shouldn’t be cluttered and should have white space, but it also shouldn’t look bare, and it certainly shouldn’t have more whitespace than content. Make use of images, text, and videos to bring your visitors the best experience. If you design your site right it will not look cluttered.

#2 Watch for Broken Links
It’s an easy mistake and it can cost you in the search engines and frustrate your visitors when links don’t work. Always take the time to check all of your links to make sure they do work and that you don’t get 404 errors as this can harm your website.

#3 Streamlined Navigation
Your website’s navigation needs to look good and be streamlined so that it is easy to use. There are numerous ways you can do this. Choose what works best with your web layout.

#4 Site Search
This is a very important component on your website and one that is often overlooked by rookie web designers. You need this feature available to your visitors as lots of people will use it and it will make it more likely they remain on your site if they can easily find what it is they are looking for.

#5 Responsive Web Design Required
You must ensure that your site web design is responsive so that no matter what the screen size the viewer has, it will look good. If you don’t want responsive web design, then you have to create special mobile versions for mobile devices.

There you have five important things you need to know if this is your first attempt at web design. Before long you will be a pro at creating a highly functional website. So why wait? Why not start now?

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