Step 4: Make a Mockup for Website Design
At this point, you already have a WordPress-based website, an activated theme, and a page builder plugin that is ready to run. Now prepare paper and pencil or pen (yes, we will use the traditional method). You will sketch the appearance of the desired website. This sketching is then called mockup.
You don’t have to be that detailed to create a web design mockup. Just enter all the elements that you want to display on the website. Of course, you can add as much detail as possible to the desired element. A later mockup will act as a visual reference when you start website design on WordPress.
Make a mockup on a computer if you prefer digital sketches instead of writing pencils on paper. Unfortunately, making a mockup on a computer is not as easy as imagined. There are various processes that must be gone through and cannot be done in just a minute.
Step 5: Make and Sharpen the Design Prototype
When you are done with the web design mockup, the next step is to ‘move it’ into digital form. In other words, you will do a website design prototype.
Open a website builder that has been installed and activated using the WordPress editor. Add the elements that you want to the web page and start to arrange it as it was made in the previous mockup.
The design prototype process depends on the type of plugin installed. There will be various details there, but don’t think too much, for example, choosing the color or font size you want to use. After this prototype is finished, you even have time to manage these things.
The most important thing to do now is to complete the website prototype, which contains all the elements that you have previously planned in the mockup. With prototypes, you can find out which layouts are right and which layouts don’t need to be included and make some changes to improve website design. It is this point that you must pay close attention to.
When transitioning to a prototype, sometimes, you will be a little ‘deviated’ from the original mockup. Actually, this is a natural thing. In fact, you need a lot of time for web design, depending on how perfectionist you are. You are given various elements to customize and layout options to use. So, no need to rush.
We emphasize once again that for now, you don’t need to worry about website text and other types of content. If you want the prototype process to be done faster, please use the placeholder’s text and stock images. If the layout has been set and other things desired have been managed in accordance with the wishes, then that’s when you replace the prototype with the content you want to use.
Step 6: Check if Website Design Looks Good on Mobile Devices
You have already learned how to design a web. The final step, check whether the appearance of the design looks good and functions properly on a mobile device or not.
Lately, mobile traffic has a very significant influence and impact. For this reason, you must ensure that web design looks smooth even in low resolution. If someone opens your website via a smartphone, but a second later, only a corrupted display is found, then it is very likely that he will never come back again. This situation only results in a high bounce rate, something you should avoid.
Luckily, some WordPress page builders (including Beaver Builder) are mobile-friendly. This means that the website design that you create using the plugin will look good on a mobile device.
Even though you have used a mobile-friendly plugin, you should still check the appearance of the website on the mobile device. There are many ways or methods of checking. For example, try accessing your website through a smartphone or other mobile device. Another way to try is to use Chrome’s Dev Tools, a tool that allows you to visualize websites in various resolutions.
We recommend trying all the resolution options provided. This way, you can know in what resolution your web design is not performing well. If there are problems or errors, return to the prototype and use the website builder to change or fix it. If there are no more errors, the website is ready to be online.
To attract high traffic, you must create an attractive and professional website design. With slick web design, people will be more comfortable reading the content that you provide. Not infrequently, the conversion will go up.
You don’t need to be a developer to make a beautiful appearance. Just search for as much information as possible about how to design the web. Many tutorials (including this article) convey the steps and ways to design a website in great detail. Practice by following the steps in the guide. In a few moments, you can achieve a website with an attractive design.
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