Website Design: The 8 “C’s” That Make a Website Attractive
I believe in judging a website by how well it converts visits into revenue and this can be achieved with “stickiness”… the measure of how long a user spends on your site.
The longer they stay the more likely they are to spend money, ask any good vendor worth their weight in salt!
Website design, “stickiness” and the 8 “C’s”
Your design should keep visitors on your site AND keep them coming back for more, so implement a few of the “C’s” in your site design to improve your conversion rate:
“Content is king,” so make sure your web copy is unique, fresh, useful to users, and fits in with the overall design.
Broadcast content with RSS feeds, emails and sms to your target audience and link to relevant sites to get your point across (automate this in website design).
Interactive website design (online games, weather reports, etc.) ensures that consumers spend more time on your website.
Include FAQs, reports, research data or online response forms and integrate calls to action throughout the website.
Engage people on your website, social media plugins should be incorporated into your website design to further develop people’s perception of your brand.
It is important that leads or prospects contact you, display their contact details on every page and use an email notifier to inform users of any website updates.
Your design should include a Blog and allow comments to give you a better idea of the needs of your visitors.
Allow visitors to personalize landing pages and ensure website design is customer-centric with personal greetings and preferences.
Customers need to be able to complete the entire checkout process online, so incorporating online registration, secure payment facilities, order tracking, and return policies into your website design is essential.
Make sure your hosting company is reliable and keep your website downtime to a minimum, remove dead links and make sure information is no more than 3 clicks away (plan during the initial design phase of the website).
Website design should ensure a pleasant user experience with easy navigation, good graphics, and clear typography.
The website should offer a wider selection of products than normal distribution channels or perhaps offer a product customization option for registered members.
We always look for deals and the easiest way to find them is online, we offer discounts for online purchases or reservations (see kulula.com for a good example).
A lot of thought goes into website design, so always plan before you launch your online presence (or revise your existing web design).