Long term success with website creation owes a lot to a thorough understanding of the core essentials of website’s anatomy. With unwavering control over the fundamentals of website design, developers can explore the full spectrum of web applications and technologies, with the confidence that they will be able to build upon the foundation and create cross compatible, delightful and truly path breaking web templates. Once you get the basics right, you can bring in the power of your creativity to amass an appreciable collection of web design ideas. Without further delay, let’s understand the anatomy of a website template.
Understanding wireframes and structures
Making progress in the initial stages of your web template design can be tough, because of the massive number of possibilities. Direct your efforts well by using wireframes and structures. Wireframes are blueprints or visual schematics for your template, representing the outlook of the web template. Use wire-framing kits with templates for information design, navigation design, and interface design – the 3 vital elements of website template prototyping.
Action points to keep on mind for getting great design results
Avoid getting lost in the ocean of options, and use these tips and tricks to create really strong template prototypes.
- Add a grid to the PSD file you’re using for prototype development; it gives you a sense of measurements and alignments and helps avoid future roadblocks.
- Divide the screen space into separate sections to accommodate distinct design elements such as menu bars, sidebars, slideshows, related posts sections, and contact details.
- Select a primary colour for the colour scheming of your web template and be ready with 4 related shades to bring in some freshness to the colour impact of the template when needed.
- Target every design component and make it the best, and then ensure coherence across multiple components.
Creating sustainable web templates
Understanding the bare essentials that web users demand from templates is of utter importance. Here’s an introduction to the factors that you need to keep in mind-
Targeting Web browsers – Templates with mass appeal are better optimized for Chrome and Internet Explorer, whereas niche templates are better off targeting Opera and Safari. There’s nothing wrong in either of the approaches, as long as your decision is in sync with the market share of the browser you target specifically.
Pre-requisites of Screen resolutions – 99 out of 100 web users see their web content on screens with resolutions higher than 1024×768, so ensure that you deliver enough design and visual aplomb to be relevant on the web.
Experimenting with typefaces and typography – Be prepared to spend adequate time in playing around with typefaces like bold, thin, condensed, expanded, italic, underlined, strikethrough and more, and experiment with typography basics like tracking, kerning, leading and sizing to make your template’s text content ‘look’ great.
Responsiveness for mobile relevance – Leverage fluidic grids, media queries and flexible images to ensure that websites based upon your template look great on all screen sizes. The world is moving to higher percentages of mobile web accesses, so responsiveness in your templates is a must-have.