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Designing solutions for heavy content website

Updated: Jul 5, 2019

When it comes to designing a website, there are 2 possible approaches that are implemented:

  • Visual content

  • Textual content

Visual content

Visual content plays a major role in attracting the end user. Visual content provide every data of the product visually, so that customer gets immense knowledge about the product. That is why every website gives more space for images and appearance. The lag with the visual design is that it cannot suit with few websites such as news sites, blogs, and online communities where textual content plays a major priority when compared to visual designs.

Integrating of all visual aids

Designers can use various visual aids such as static images, video clips to enrich the design quality, which helps the user to preview their product a step closer.

Textual content

When a website is encumbered with content, designer has to pay additional attention to design the layout. The design needs to honor the content focusing the entire textual information.

1. Prioritizing content values

Organizing the content is the initial task to be done. Every part of the content is to be organized as according pre-established hierarchy such as title, subtitle and article. Before designing, put everything on a paper. This helps to perceive you in a designer point of view to create a stunning website.

2. Effective typography pays

So now you have listed the contents as per your priorities and now it’s time to design the content. A textual content can be designed implementing various fonts, adopting height adjustments to fonts that elevate the design. The designer can employ all different types of techniques that can change the position of the content as per the design layout.

3. Organize your contents in grid

To pack a heavy content organized, you have to cleave the content to a grid. Attaching content to a grid helps you to organize the text, based on hierarchy and to keep textual information separated visually and physically. Grid framework and set of rulers are employed to process this function.

4. Conceive a detailed sitemap

Too much of heavy content will end up in total dilemma and lost. Using a detailed site map will help you to jump over this issue. Sitemap will illustrate you the connections and interactions between the pages. If not for blogging or CMS, you should also plan for the directory structure.

5. Demonstrate content on appeal

You could observe many content heavy websites opt for displaying content on a single click. The major disadvantage of this process is that user will only look up for what they are interested. So the prime factor that helps the designer is the quality of the content that is provided to the website. If the quality of the content is high, then the possibilities of getting hooked on the other thing you want to show them is also higher. At some point, user can be carried out to the space where it is hooked.

6. Tabs, smartest step to implement

Using tabs is the smartest way to design contents. Users can view the content on their requirement creating a flow of information from left to right and from top to bottom. Tabs play a vital role in designing content. Tabs can be used to highlight important content but at the same point, also keeps less priority information easily available.

7. Spotlight the features

For a content heavy site, showcasing the wanted feature is the most important part. Bringing out popular, recent or featured content into limelight will enhance the user with a massive exposure.

8. Cascading drop-downs

At single eyesight, drop-down appears as simple and minimalistic but when the cursor is moved to the drop-down function, there is a drop-down menu provided with packs of options. This concept is pertinent to every heavy content website.

9. Compatible and removable boxes

Some visitors stick to the contents that are needed to them. So you should not impose anything on them. Usually alerts, model boxes and feature suggestions disturb few users. You should give them an option to minimize or to close those boxes. This user friendly option allows them to focus on what they are interested.

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