How to Build a Good Website

By Kaitlyn Yeager

  • Overview

    A good website consists of two components: layout/visuals and content. Good visuals and layout will help draw people in to your website, and top-quality content that is relevant will keep them there.
  • Basic Layout

    • Step 1

      Your website should have a layout that is easy for a visitor to navigate. This means that features should be easy to find, pictures should be relevant to the text, and links should be up to date.
  • Step 2

    Each page within the website should have some kind of title or indicator of what the page is about. This allows visitors to be sure right away that they are on the page they want.
  • Step 3

    Any separate sections of the page should have visible headers and/or separators, so that people do not get confused.
  • Step 4

    If your website consists of several pages that are linked together, keep your links grouped in one area of each webpage. They should be somewhere that does not require a visitor to search for them. The left-hand side of the page or the bottom of the page is usually good spots for links.
  • Step 5

    Any pictures on the page should be in locations that are close enough to any related text that people are not confused, but they should be placed so that the text is easy to read.
  • Step 6

    The layout you pick for each webpage should be consistent with the rest of the website. Visitors will not want to search for the same links and content on each page; keeping things in the same place on each page makes your website easier to navigate.
  • Visuals



    • Step 1

      Once the layout of your website is decided, you need to make sure that the components work well together and do not blend or clash.
    • Step 2

      The background of your website should be subtle. A textured pattern or simple image can work, but it should not make content difficult to view, and it should not be the most prominent feature of the website. A simple background color is usually sufficient.
    • Step 3

      Each type of text on the website should use the same font. Headers can have a different font than the text of a section, but each header should use the same font, and all section text should use the same font. This looks more professional, and makes your content easier to read.
    • Step 4

      Text colors should go well with the color theme of the website, but should not blend into the background. This means that if your website has a dark blue background, you do not want the text to be bright purple, but you also do not want it to be dark green. A good text color for a dark blue background would be white, as it goes well with blue, but is different enough that you can read the text.
    • Step 5

      Text size should also be considered. You want to choose a size that is large enough that people can easily read it, but small enough that it is not out of proportion with the rest of the page. A standard 12 or 14 point font is usually fine.
    • Step 6

      When possible, pictures should be included on your website. Each picture should be kept to a reasonable size and should be relevant to the content on the page.
  • Content

    • Step 1

      While visuals can draw visitors in to your website, the content needs to keep them interested enough to stay and to come back.
    • Step 2

      Your website should revolve around one general idea or topic. It can be vague or specific, but consistent. For example, you could build a website about sports cars, or you could build a website about Ford Mustangs from the 1970s. Whatever topic you choose, most, if not all, of your content should be related to that topic.
    • Step 3

      Try to keep your content fresh and different. Visitors return to websites to find new information, so you should update consistently. Visitors also want information they cannot find somewhere else, so try to feature something that is only found on your website.
    • Step 4

      Content should be well-written and free of typos. Text that is difficult to understand, or is full of typos, will repel visitors.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Tip: Type up text in a word processer so that you can check spelling. This also lets you save your content somewhere other than your website, just in case something happens to the website.
    • Tip: Check your links every so often to make sure they still work.
    • Warning:
    • If you want to use art or text found on the Internet, make sure you are allowed to use it, and credit the original owner.

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