89% of customers search the web before making a purchasing decision (Digital Influence Index 2012). In many cases, your website is the prospect’s first impression of your company and its offerings. The look and feel of the website are the primary drivers of those first impressions.
It may not be surprising that website aesthetics are a decisive factor for engaging users online. What is surprising is how quickly these users decide whether they like a site or not. In fact, it takes no more than a split second (50 to 500 milliseconds) for users to form an opinion about your website (Harvard 2013).
Consider these Statistics
- First impressions are 94% design-related (content matters a lot but is powerless when embedded in poor design)
- 75% of users admit to making judgments about a company’s credibility based on their website design (Stanford Web Credibility Research)
- Websites that are perceived as great looking are also perceived as usable and trustworthy (Harvard 2013).
7 Components of Visually Appealing Web Design
The site’s colors should convey your company’s personality or brand. Colors have a big emotional factor so it’s important to choose colors your audience will love.
The site’s fonts should also be based on the company’s brand and the feeling you want to convey to customers. The fonts need to be easy to read.
- Pictures & Graphics:
Choose pictures and graphics that display your company and products in the best light possible. Hire a professional photographer if possible. Images speak volumes about your company and play a key role in your website’s look and feel.
Strive for simplicity in your design. Keep it simple, yet not so simple that it lacks appeal.
Make sure the website’s design is user-friendly. The navigation needs to be straightforward and the design needs to be created based on how users will interact with the site.
Make sure all images and graphics on the site are sharp.
Keep the design of the site (colors, fonts, button styles, heading sizes, etc.) consistent throughout the site.
Examples of Good Website Design vs Bad:
Eastside Heating & Air Conditioning
Elderlink Home Care