The Beginner’s Guide to Creating Your First Website Wireframe

Written by Zac Johnson
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Before you build a website, you need to plan it out. That’s where a website wireframe comes into play. Read on to learn how you can build your first one.

If your website fails to provide a good user experience, visitors are going to leave. With the help of a good wireframe, though, you can overcome this issue.

If you’ve never heard of a wireframe up until now, you probably have no idea how this concept can even help you. This isn’t a problem, though, as wireframes aren’t difficult to understand.

Keep reading and you’ll learn everything you need to know to create your first website wireframe. Take in all the information provided and your website will provide such a good user experience, visitors will come back, time after time.

What is a Wire Frame?

Essentially a wireframe is a bare-bones representation of the design of a specific webpage. It allows you to figure out what information you’re going to display on a certain page. It also gives you a sense of the structure and layout you will need to use for the page.

You can then use all this information to decide on the presentation of the page and how people are going to interact with it.

To be fair, you don’t need complicated software to help you design a wireframe for your site. You can achieve a lot with just a pen and paper. As long as you get the fundamentals right, your wireframe will still be useful.

Once you’ve created a wireframe, you can send it off to your website designers. They can then bring your wireframe to life by creating website elements that match your design. If you work in a high-tech career such as web development, you may even be able to customize existing website themes to suit your wireframe.

Deciding on a Wireframe Design

There is no one size fits all standard with wireframes.

The design that is best will depend on the website you want to build. More specifically, it’s going to depend on the users, the kind of experience you want to provide and what you want users to do.

If you’re stuck for ideas, you can study some of your competitors.

If you take a look at some of the larger competitors, you’ll be able to develop a sense of what is best. Especially considering that they may have paid web design agencies a lot of money to decide on what does and doesn’t work.

You can even study websites outside of your industry. If you come across a website design that appeals to you, save it for later. This’ll let you study it and perhaps incorporate some of the elements you like into your own wireframe.

When creating the wireframe for the site, put some thought into the hierarchy of the pages. This isn’t a necessity, but it can help you decide on the way someone’s journey will ‘progress’ as they click through your site.

Things to Avoid When Creating a Wireframe

If you’ve never created a wireframe before it’s easy to make some simple mistakes. One common mistake is to overcomplicate the wireframe. You need to keep things as simple as possible.

Avoid using colors. Try to keep your wireframe grey scale. You could perhaps label what color certain sections are going to be. You could also have a separate document that details the colors of your brand.

You also need to ensure your website is easy to use on a mobile device. If you haven’t done so already, consider creating a wireframe for a mobile version of your site. You should not assume that the desktop version of your homepage is going to automatically be good for people on a mobile device.

Especially when you consider that people using a mobile device may have different needs than those who are browsing on a desktop device. You need to ensure that your website wireframe reflects the differences in needs.

If you have to, consider asking some people ahead of time, why they’d visit your website on a mobile device. For instance, suppose a lot of them say they do so to find contact information. You need to make sure your wireframe makes it easy for people to find out how they can get in touch.

Importance of Improving Your Wireframe Overtime

Once you decide on a wireframe, your decision does not need to be final. Sure, you don’t want to change your wireframe every month. But there’s nothing wrong with making some adjustments every six to twelve months.

In fact, if there are changes to the way your business works, you probably will need to make adjustments to your wireframe. This will make sure people are aware of the changes or that they can at least experience them.

When you do this you can even consider things like the font of your site. You should avoid going over the top with fonts.

Yes, you’ll want a font that represents your brand. But you need to make sure the font is easy to read and not quirky, for the sake of being quirky. Remember, you need to make sure you’re providing visitors with a good user experience.

Adjusting the wireframe can be difficult, so you might want to use some data to help you. Consider reviewing Google Analytics data. This’ll help you figure out how people are moving through your site. You can use this to guide wireframing decisions. Especially if there is a page that has a high bounce rate.

Do You Understand the Importance of a Website Wireframe?

If you want to design a website the right way, you need to go through several stages. One of those stages is the wireframing stage.

In this post, we’ve reviewed some of the things you need to consider when creating a website wireframe. You should first understand the purpose of a wireframe. You also want to review what you need to avoid doing.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself when creating a wireframe. You don’t have to get things perfect. There’s always the option of reviewing your site and making changes later on down the line.

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