Are you tired of struggling to create a website that truly represents your brand? Do you feel like you're missing something but can't quite put your finger on it? Well, let me tell you, the answer might just lie in the alignment of your website design.
Alignment is more than just making sure things look pretty.
It's about creating a cohesive and visually balanced design that looks professional look and helps you build trust with your ideal client.
But it's not only about looking more professional. Proper alignment can also enhance the user experience by making it easier for your ideal clients to navigate your website and find the info they need. And let's be honest, isn't that what we all want? A website that potential clients can easily use and enjoy.
So, if you're ready to take your website design to the next level, start by focusing on alignment. Trust me, it will make a world of difference!
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What is Alignment in Website Design?
Alignment in website design is all about making sure things are in the right place. This includes text, images, and other design elements, which should be positioned in relation to each other and the page itself. When everything is lined up properly, your website will look professional and easy on the eyes.
If you want to create a website that stands out and is easy to use, you need to make sure everything is aligned correctly. This involves carefully positioning design elements on a page, including text, images, and other elements, so that they look good together. When you get alignment right, your website will look great and be super easy to use.
Why is Alignment Important in Website Design?
There are several reasons why it's so important to get the alignment on your website right:
Creates a Professional Look: Aligning elements on your website helps it look clean, organised, and professional. When your website looks polished, visitors will take your brand more seriously.
Improves Readability: When text and other elements are aligned consistently, it's easier for users to read and follow your content. This leads to a better user experience and helps visitors find what they're looking for.
Enhances User Experience: Proper alignment helps guide users through your website, making it easier for them to navigate from one section to the next. This reduces confusion and frustration, resulting in a better overall user experience.
Why You Shouldn't Design Outside of the Margins
When designing your website, it's important to stay within the margins. Margins are the space between the edge of your website and the content within it. Designing outside of the margins can cause problems, like some of your content being cut off or hidden behind other design elements. This can be frustrating for your site visitors and make your website look unprofessional.
By staying within the margins, you can make sure that all of your content is visible and easily accessible. Proper alignment in website design is critical to creating a visually appealing and user-friendly website that reflects your brand's core values. By focusing on alignment, you can improve readability, enhance the user experience, and increase the likelihood of visitors converting into paying customers.
So always keep your design within the margins to ensure that your website looks clean, organised, and professional!
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Have you ever wondered or wished for a way to be able to align everything nicely and neatly on your website? Then I've got a good hack for you today.
If you go into your editor and go to the top right hand corner where it says Tools, click on this and you will see they've got Rulers, Gridlines and Snap To Objects. Make sure all three of these are ticked.
You can see your rulers appear on the top of the site and on the right hand side. Gridlines are the boundaries/ margins of your website and I'll show you how that works. Then you've got Snap To Objects, which I will show you in a minute.
So let's talk about the Rulers. Now the Rulers are there to help you to create guidelines that you can use to align things with. So the very first thing that I do when I'm designing a website is I put a line over here. So click anywhere on the Ruler itself, and a blue line will pop up. This is not visible on your live site. Don't worry, it's just a guideline. And you can either drag it to the midpoint of the website or you can type in here the number of pixels. So that's 490 pixels. And that's the halfway point. Because the full website is 980 pixels across. If you want to delete one, click on it and there's a little button that pops up. Click on that to delete it.
This is the midpoint of your website. If you've got any text that you want to align to the middle point, just drag it and you'll see that when it is in alignment, it turns magenta. That means it's in the right place. Let's move this 'book a call button' - now it's right in the correct place. It also works if you've got a lot of other things that you want to align. If I want to align text further down the page with this image over here. I'll click over here... I drag my guideline to where I need it to go. Okay, so that's how the Rulers and guidelines work.
Now let's talk about the Grid. As you can see, there's a dotted line down the left of the page and on the right of the page. And everything on your website that's important needs to be within those guidelines. So yes, in this case, the picture goes a little bit over but that's okay because the page is responsive and will expand and contract a bit, depending on what size screen you're viewing it on. As long as the text is not over that dotted line, you'll be okay. So for example, if this text falls outside of those boundaries, you can see it goes grey and that means it will be cut off on some screens.
So just centralise everything and make sure none of your text goes over these boundaries. These boundary lines are also found at the top of the website and the bottom of the website.
This is the bottom of the website and this is your footer. It's going to be the same on each page. Once again, make sure everything inside the footer is within this box. You can't have your logo or any of the text sitting outside the box because then it won't be seen on each page. The same goes for your header at the top of the page.