Latest ideas for Adelaide website design.

Latest ideas for Adelaide website design
Adelaide Website Design Ideas


Latest ideas for Adelaide website design.

The Big Question: Sexy website design or Sexy SEO?

On Google’s list of philosophies the very first one is “focus on the user and all else will follow.” But in the past, many Adelaide SEO Companies have ignored this advice, crafting website design crammed with keywords.

While such an SEO-only strategy worked well 10 years ago, Google and other search engines have since come a long way. In particular, Google’s sophistication is such that developing a website design for user experience is much more valuable than developing just for your Adelaide SEO.

That said, totally abandoning your Adelaide SEO in favor of a user focused approach is misguided.

While it is true that SEO and user experience have become more and more complementary — and that designing for your audience does often result in an improved Adelaide SEO — there are some user elements that affect Google’s ability to crawl a website, and some areas in which they benefit each other.

Adelaide web designers would be wise to design for both SEO & purist website design principles but focus on the user above all.

Going mobile

In April 2015, Google rolled out a mobile-friendly update that boosts the rankings of websites to make them legible and, most importantly, functional, on mobile devices. It is now absolutely necessary to ensure that a website is designed not just for desktop but for mobile screens, as well.

In fact, the search engine stated on it’s Adwords Blog that, “More Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries” And that includes searching for your Adelaide website.

There are three Google-acknowledged ways to design for mobile devices: responsive website design, dynamic serving and separate URLs. Of these three, responsive website design is the best choice for both Adelaide SEO Companies and User Experience. With responsive website design, your Adelaide website is essentially the same, only serving up different displays according to the device. Separate URLs is the least favorable choice, as the mobile must then rank for itself.

SEO and User Experience go hand in hand when it comes to mobile sites. Not only is responsive web design user-friendly: Users aren’t redirected to a different website with which they must become acquainted. And the newly-launched mobile-friendly update makes it SEO-friendly, too.

If you must use infinite scroll, use it wisely

Infinite scroll, in which more content continues to load as the user scrolls to the bottom of the page, has been thought to be a friendly and sleek design for consumers.

However, Google & Bing cannot mimic user behaviour in this way, and the content that would be visible to users remains invisible to Google. If infinite scroll is a design element you would rather not forfeit, Google recommends creating a paginated series (pages of content) alongside infinite scroll, ensuring fast load times and letting users easily find the content they wanted in the first place.

Furthermore, there is a design misconception that content is best served “above the fold,” i.e., content that can be seen without the user having to scroll. In fact, research shows that users do scroll. And, besides, with screen displays so variable these days, it’s hard to tell what will be viewable without scrolling.

Avoid click-to-expand

Along the lines of infinite scrolling is click-to-expand, or tabbed content. This design uses links or tabs which, when clicked, “open” more content. Although Google has not definitively acknowledged whether this hidden content is ignored, there has been much discussion over it: namely, that Google is not indexing it.

The safest thing to do is to use the practice sparingly. Click-to-expand content certainly does appeal to minimalistic web design, but appealing to UX in this case could be detrimental to SEO.

Don’t go (too) image-heavy

Images are a great way to convey information while still appealing to users. However, text-only pages can perform better than image-heavy pages, especially if the images are generic stock photos or poorly executed design elements. User experince design does favour images, but only if they are well done.

Google can read images — and they can appear on Google Image searches and provide SEO value — as long as you;

  1. Give images descriptive file names.
  2. Include appropriate alt text.
  3.  Surround the image with relevant text.
  4. Don’t hide important text within the image.

The key in balancing text vs. images on a web page is to use your best judgment:

  1. Are these appealing images?
  2. Do users have to scroll past a bunch of nondescript images in order to reach text?
  3. Is enough information conveyed textually on the page to be valuable?

More is more when it comes to forms!

More pages? Really? Although it may seem counter intuitive, making users navigate through multiple pages of a form — whether that means a site registration form or an ecommerce checkout form — not displaying all required fields on one page can lead to more successful form completions.

Google states “Users are more likely to abandon your site before they go through the entire process,” if you use complicated, lengthy forms on one page.

For a better experience, then, allow users to see how much of the form they have left, either with a completion bar or a description about the number of pages. It is generally considered bad practice to break up related content throughout many pages, but a form is one category for which that does not apply.

Design for the user, not for Google

Approaching your Adelaide website design with the intention of being completely SEO and user friendly is unwise and complicated, though there are ways to satisfy both — and it is becoming easier to do so, as Google ramps up its capability to read web pages the way humans do.

Keep in mind, however, that as sophisticated as Google and other search engines have become, some user design elements are still SEO-unfriendly.

Overall, the best way to satisfy search engines is to follow Google’s advice;

Focus on the user, and SEO will follow naturally.


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