Benefits of Designing Minimalist Websites
When done properly, a minimalist website design can be one of the most effective methods to creating a visually appealing website. As well as the added benefit of making the website easier to navigate though less clutter, creative use of colours and textures will result in a simple but unique and memorable website for users.
Benefits of going minimalist
By going for a minimalist website, you need to use as little text as possible. This will mean that your website has no clutter, getting the information you want across to readers quickly and concisely. Removing all of your less desirable and less relevant content will also leave you with a higher quality website overall.
A well-built minimalist website will be structured through a wire-frame and a grid based system. This can make the transition to different screen resolution, such as mobiles and tablets, much simpler. Additionally, with a lot less different content parts on a website, it will make it significantly easier to modify the design for mobile devices.
Mobile users also tend to be very busy, or are on limited data plans. As such, a minimalist website will deliver them only the most useful information clearly, concisely and quickly.
Less Maintenance & faster response times
A website with less content, widgets and design aspects will be a lot quicker to maintain and update. It will use a lot less data, meaning much shorter load times for users, creating a much better user experience. Long loading times, even over just a second, will begin to frustrate and deter users from your site.
Becoming more minimalist
Changing your website towards being more minimalistic will be easier if you’re already good at understanding minimalist design, but it’s not impossible to learn. Here are a few points to get started with making your website more minimalistic.
- Remove any unnecessary text. If it isn’t necessary to the overall message the page is trying to convey, it can be cut.
- Multiple navigation pages. A minimalist website shouldn’t have any more than a handful of pages making any sub-level navigation unnecessary.
- Remove feeds. For a minimalist design, any type of feed such as Facebook or comment feeds are not that important and can take up a lot of space.
- Remove counters. Various counters including page views, tweets or likes are unimportant and not necessary, simple and basic social media buttons are enough.
- Too many graphics. Try to limit each page to just one graphic. It’s important to balance the graphic so it isn’t lost amongst the content or overpower it.
After all of the unnecessary content has been removed from your website, you need to re-style the site with the aim of highlighting the most important information. It can be quite hard to create a style that stands out will in a minimalist design, but the three most important parts are to create a simplistic colour design, ideally with no more than two or three colours to keep it concise, with good use of texture and font selection.
Minimalist design doesn’t work for every website, but some parts of minimalist design can benefit all aspects of web design. Checking your website to remove and bloated and unnecessary content will increase the quality of your site and improve the general user experience.
For more information, or if you need help with minimalist web design, please feel free to contact out Wigan web design team.
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