Webdesign for Public Health

Once upon a time creating a website involved learning complex coding and was generally restricted to computer science professionals.

Startup Stock Photos

Source: Startup Stock Photos

These days, websites like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace make it fast and easy to start your own website. Whichever site you choose, here are a few tips to create an engaging website for your clients:

Choose a template, font, and color palate – Choose a background and color palate that is visually appealing, but not too distracting. While you want to draw users in, you also want them to focus on your content, not the colors and background. Balance out your text with photos and infographics, but remember that just because a photo is on the internet, doesn’t mean you can just use it on your website. Make sure your fonts are legible and professional. Some fonts are definitely cool, but if you can’t read them easily, it just adds an unnecessary distraction.

Layout is important – visitors to your website need to be able to find the information they are looking for. This means your website layout has to be intuitive to use and uncluttered. There’s an unwritten rule on the internet that if it takes more than 3 clicks to find information than a user will leave out of frustration. When a group tried to test the three-click rule, they found that the number of clicks isn’t what is important to users, but whether or not they’re successful at finding what they’re seeking. Bottom line – make sure users can find your information without too much trouble.

Use responsive design – Have you ever visited a site on your phone and you constantly had to scroll and resize to fit your phone? Annoying, right?! This happens because the site doesn’t use responsive design. Responsive design means that your website will be easy to read across a wide range of devices (from computer monitors to phones). More and more people are viewing web content from their mobile devices. In fact, mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of total internet traffic. Wix, Weebley, and Squarespace all use responsive design, so make sure in addition to your main site, you also design your page for phones.

Check out the website that I created using these tips. Note the design, layout, and look at the site on your computer and your phone. Most importantly, have fun with your design, and remember that you can always change it!


4 thoughts on “Webdesign for Public Health

  1. Great post and great information. Next time I would try to use more pictures, just to give the audience something to look at. I looked at your website and it’s awesome! 🙂 The white letters towards the bottom of the page are a little hard to read, but other than that I think it’s a great site!

  2. Rachel, your post shows that you processed the lessons of Week 6. I think your writing style is conversational and friendly. And then your actual website shows how you used the info! Great job in the course and it was great to be on your team 🙂

  3. Well done! 🙂 I think your point about layout is super important–I had never heard the 3 clicks rule, but I certainly find myself getting frustrated around that time. Doing the layout for the Wix site I made was definitely the most challenging element of web design for me. I also had not realized that mobile traffic is almost half of all internet traffic–that’s astounding. Anyway, nice work, and thanks for helping make a great team this course!

  4. Rachel, I love that you took the blog posts from this class and put it together in your own website template. I also actually like that you didn’t use a lot of pictures in this post — the text is extremely well written and thoroughly explains the suggestions you give. I also didn’t know about the “3 click rule”, and honestly, sometimes even 3 clicks feels like too much. I think websites that have a very smart “search” feature will definitely attract more traffic than others, because that way, the website can host a lot of content without the user worrying about being able to find the information they’re looking for. It’s always frustrating to use the search bar on some website and STILL not be able to find what you’re looking for.

    I also didn’t realize mobile traffic is more than half of total internet traffic now. It baffles my mind that the majority of internet usage is on tiny 5” screens. I definitely think tailoring your website to accommodate mobile users is great advice. Thank you for your post!

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