When designing a website, what are some of the best ways to make it responsive and easy to use? There are many ways in which pages and a site as a whole can be optimised for users, which include spending time on basic HTML layouts, shortening page load times with some streamlining techniques, and looking at typography fonts, social media toolbars, and responsive design for resizing pages depending on devices being used. How, then, can you start to build a great, accessible site?
For the details of a site, it’s worth looking at typography and how small design changes can make a big difference to usability. In general, it’s best to set out typography and page layouts to be as clear as possible for different devices, a process that can be improved by using CSS3 – Google Fonts is also a good place to look if you want to find some accessible fonts that will load on different operating systems and browsers. Adding in more header tags to pages can also make it possible to separate important text for users and search engines.
Adding in social media toolbars can also be effective if you want to increase the potential for links to be shared from your site; doing so can also improve your search engine optimisation, and can be achieved by downloading and installing ready made social toolbars such as Meebo, while also enabling comment boxes and opportunities for your site’s content to be easily shared and made available.
Given the amount of people that now access websites through mobile devices can check out Webigence for new tech trends. It’s important to consider how responsive design methods can be used for resizing pages – responsive design involves using CSS3 media queries and flexible grids so that a page recognises what device it’s being loaded on, and converts it to a preset size – this can be a great way to cut down on the need to create a separate mobile site, and can make it much easier to deliver the same content to whatever device is being used.
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