Posted by : Amanda Stein Wednesday, January 15, 2014

When one launches newer projects, they easily forget about updating current websites, microsites and blog. To revamp a website quickly and easily, one can implement simple ideas. In this article, you will find 5 great ideas which can facilitate in changing the look of the website effectively and also improve the user interface. This enables a brand to remain fresh and updated and offer something new to the user. The ideas mentioned here might not be the job of a website designer completely, but also for a website developer. There are few HTML5 techniques and coding ideas as well, which can help in changing the website look. Additionally, one should not forget that content is still the king and some solid content on the website will also do wonders for the brand. All these ideas are suggested to reduce the bounce back time of the user.

1. JQuery UI: Elements that are fading away from the jQuery library are animations and sliders. For front end developers, JavaScript library is the most common open source. Its companion is jQuery UI library. Many developers tend to overlook this and with the thought that jQuery UI cannot provide returns for extra KBs. By overlooking this, they tend to skip the benefit that this UI could provide. Including the UI library makes it easier to update the page for any dynamic page animations. This implies that customising the jQuery animation, like fade in fade out of items on the website, slideshow with scroll feature, dropdown menus and everything else dynamic, is much faster than before. The jQueryUI website has a demo page where the developer can test out many animations and variations, before finalising any type of animation or feature.

2. Use of icons: Icons are the new best friend of a website designer. They are sleek, trendy and visually very appealing. To make it more attractive, on hover changes in icons like adding animation, changing colors, etc. make the visual appeal more interesting and inviting. When a user first lands on a website, the most attractive thing will catch his/her attention and they would start clicking or reading that part of the website. Icons are an effective and simple way to draw attention of users into the content of your website. The primary goal of of your website while using icons should be to help the user grasp and understand information more efficiently. With lot of white space and using icons that will not distract user from the content, is a good way to initiate this idea.

3. Wide footer: Nowadays many company websites shift majority of links and information on the footer area. Earlier footer of a website contained only some useful links, contact information, and copyright information. Now, most brands consider adding majority information on the footer and keeping the first look of the website very basic. Although, avoid forcing this idea onto your website if it’s not required.

4. Customize Code/Pre Tags: Often, elements of a typical web page would be skipped when first creating a stylesheet or checklist for a website, by many web designers. The theme, backdrop images, flow, are very common elements. But what about pre tags or inline code tags? The purpose of this is to encapsulate preformatted source code syntax like you would see in a text/NFO file. It isn’t necessary that all websites would need this backend process. But get it checked with your website developer while revamping your site. It is considered as a good practice to have them styled.

5. Include aesthetics: Every brand wants the user to stay longer on their website. To serve this purpose, one would need some quality content to offer. Probably many brands are already doing that, yet are not able to make the user stay longer. Problem identified: bad designs! Aesthetics is your solution. Drop those ugly shadows and get your color scheme right. Too many images and ads are no-no for a website.

Author Bio: Kate Berry passed out from the top design school and since the has been a design consultant for many brands and firms. Her newfound love is HTML5 and swears by jQuery. Her free time is a boon for a website designer since she shares numerous tips on her blog on design and development.

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