GEORGE BRADSHAW
Counseling/ M.Sc.

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How to Design an Effective Website Layout (+ Ideas and Examples)

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Everyone who uses the Internet looks at website layout examples every day. Yet, unless you are a designer or in the process of building your own site, few of us ever stop to think about what actually makes a good web-page structure. You may instinctively feel it when you encounter one that is less than satisfactory. But do you know how to design a website layout that both pleases your visitors and allows you to achieve what you want with your site? If the answer to that question is no, don’t fret, that’s exactly what this article is here for. In the following, we will define what a website layout is and which elements are important to create one. After that, we go over different types of layouts including some examples. Finally, we tell you how to choose a layout for your own website as well as how to create a simple mockup to visualize it. In this article: Website Layout: A Definition What Is the Goal of Your Website Layout? 11 Common Types of Website Layouts 1. Z-pattern 2. F-pattern 3. Magazine 4. Grid 5. Modular 6. Single-Column 7. Content-Focused 8. Full-Screen 9. Hero 10. Split-Screen 11. Asymmetrical How to Choose a Website Layout Consider the Type of Website You Are Building Define Your Goals Do Your Research Consider What You Like Base Your Design on Common Layouts Creating a Website Layout Mockup What Is a Wireframe and How Do You Create One? Additional Tips Tools for Wireframing Find the Right Website Layout for Your WordPress Site Website Layout: A Definition Let’s start with the most basic question, what do we even mean by “website layout”? In a sentence, it means the way that the elements on your web pages (content, navigation, header, footer, and everything else visible) are arranged to present the information included within them. In contrast to website structure, layout focuses on the individual page experience and how users consume the content on your pages.

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