Quick Web Elements Checklist

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Why a Web Elements Checklist?

We are now in the Internet age where everyone is on the web. Virtually anything you want to know is searchable on the World Wide Web. Whether it’s an article, a blog, a contact number, address, photos, videos, news… whatever it is it’s on the web. The Internet is this generation’s most convenient and reliable resource on anything under the sun. Not to mention the rise of social media—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and all these other social sites. Every thing’s out there!

While social media sites like Facebook and WordPress are great tools to promote your business online and get the word out about you, a well developed website spells professionalism for your business. It sure is great to have Facebook presence but make sure there are links to drive people and potential clients to your ‘official’ web page.

Developing your website, building content, and maintaining it are huge tasks. Before a website can go live, it goes through weeks of planning, execution, and trial runs. Often, some small details are left out in an effort to focus on the overall design and layout. However, small as they may seem, these little details are what take your website from good to awesome!

As you polish your site to perfection, go through this quick Web Elements Checklist and see which element you may have missed out.

The usability of online forms

This element is often overlooked. For businesses selling a product, having a functional online form may be the only way to convert visitors to clients and close a sale. A properly functioning form works best as the conversation point between the brand and its browsers.

Make sure the fields are well thought out and easy to answer. Most users may be reluctant to leave personal information, so make sure they are informed of the form’s purpose and security feature.

Website button behavior

The way certain buttons or icons on the web page function are critical elements to be considered. Below are the types of buttons:

  • Default buttons. These are the ones waiting to be clicked by a user.
  • Hover buttons. These are buttons that show motion when hovered over by the mouse.
  • Click buttons. These are the ones that show some kind of indication when clicked.

Status messages for errors and warnings

These are very important feedback mechanisms for users. Carefully plan out what each status message will contain and how they will be designed appropriately. User need to be notified that the action they made has been accepted or that there has been an error somewhere and they need to redo the action.

Website emails

These are useful tools for following up a client after a sale or after sharing their contact information. Verification and confirmation emails are great tools for building better trust and confidence with clients.

Animations

These eye-catching functions can totally add style to the overall design; and create interesting transitions on the web page. These pop-ups make for a more fun browsing experience.

Make considerations for larger screens

Most web backgrounds that are simple and basic may not require special adaptability for larger screens. If your design is a bit more complicated then it will be good to plan ahead for the possibility of users with wider screen formats.

These may seem very small unnecessary elements, but being able to effectively integrate them in the entire website can make huge improvements. Don’t leave it up to web developers to identify the need for these elements, you need to be more pro-active about it and maintain control over the entire final look and functionality. Sometimes it is the small details that can make a big difference on the final look and functionality.

Lastly, remember to have a lot of fun while developing and designing your web page. Play around with designs, colors, and other elements. Find the best way to create the perfect web page for your product and brand. Don’t hesitate to keep making improvements as you go along with suing the website. Some glitches are may be corrected as you keep using the site.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Y1HlVKauk