How to build a better website

Last Update: Jul 2, 2018

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Web design best practice

A very quick guide to help you design a better looking website. I do hope it helps.


1. Stick to one font family
There are 2 different types of type of fonts that are commonly used on the websites

a: sans serif b: serif

Most comon fonts to use are open sans, lato, or roboto can also try raleway, monsterrat or pt sans

Most common serif fonts are: cardo, merriweather, pt serif

What the colours mean on your website


If you can, use neutral colors on your look at apple, use only different shades of grey. It is easier on the eye and will make the website look a bit more professional and elegant.

Use neutral colors for your header section and footer sections and anywhere you do not know which colors to use

Separate your content using white space and divider lines


Your main image/hero image that fills the entire screen ideal size 1800 x 1000px
Your blog feature image size best practice : 1165 x 665

Body and Header Fonts

Body font between 15-25 px, anything larger will look kinder off..

Line length SHOULD BE BETWEEN 45 - 90 WORDS..what this means is do ot use the whole width of the page.

Define hierachy by reducing font size weight and colour

Big bold as header
lighter smaller type face for sub header : Do not have it both bold and of the same colout,If the header is dark grey then your sub heading should be light grey and smaller type face not the same size.

Do not use pure black [#000000]

This gives too much contrast...use the fifty shades of grey to give you the colour you need

Organise your articles and images before building website to make it easier


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Recent Comments


Very informative post. Will be refering back to these points as I work through my website. Thank you

thank you there Paula, wsihing you the best

Thank you Gus,
You always give great advice copying this for future use..have a super week ahead

Khurshi!..Khurshi?..wherefore art mademoiselle for the comments, I do appreciate it very much, I hope you are soaring like a falcon, surveying the world below with regal eyes.....and thank you for stopping by my little hut!...let me know how you are going...

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I understand that life can be frustrating at times, breathe deeply and understand that are doing great ...and I appreciate your time deeply....

Thanks Gus, I'm going to take another look at my colors after this! :)

ps I just checked out your site, very clever use of widgets there!

If you are hosted here you know you can switch on SSL in site manager, Jay has some extra training on it too

better do that I thought I had that sorted??..must have missed that..thank you ..

the page I was on was http, sometimes if you change a website to https not all the pages change over but there is some training on that

will do thnx for that info ..moz mary..

Good stuff! Thank you!

thank you kashbino...

Thank you Gus - these are great pointers. I went to check on some of the very well-known brands (Samsung, Apple, IBM, etc) and yes, they use many of the things you have indicated here. ;-)
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)

Hi Sharlee, hope you are tearing ahead..learning implementing and working towards your goals!..wishing you the best..Now you have made me think of ice on a serious note, yes if you building your website do not rush take your time and use the under construction plugin so your creation is not seen until you are ready to unveil your masterpiece...

Thanks for this vital informations

Thanks for sharing this info.


thank you Firstlearn..enjoy

More for the file, many thanks.

thank you RAFStuart good luck mate

Great advice there. At first, I put too many colors on site. I thought it will attract visitor-but I was wrong. Content needs to attract them.

hi Eliteam1, yes it is better to have less than more ...good luck

Sound advice thanks for sharing Gus.

thnx Alex..

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