In today’s ultra-modern world, seeing kids fixatedly staring at computer screens and busily playing games on smart phone apps is no longer a surprising sight.
Even toddlers are joining the rest of the world in reveling in the wonders of the Internet.
Just about everyone is caught up in a frenzy over what technology can offer.
Nevertheless, whether you are an under-18 aiming to create your very own website or a fully-grown designer specializing in kids’ websites, here are some useful tips for you:
- Each webpage should offer compelling and valuable content.
Although content is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of design, it is actually one of the most significant factors that will lure in viewers. You can make your design as cool and as hip as humanly and technologically possible, but without great content, all your efforts will be put to waste.
Give some serious consideration to each page that you make. Does it offer something interesting to the audience? Does it give valuable information on a particular topic? Does it provide a fresh view on things? Are the topics displayed suitable for the target ages? Begin with making your content useful, interesting, and age-appropriate, and your superb design will get even more accolades.
- Avoid incorporating flashy and annoying elements in your website’s design.
I know it sounds so tempting to load your pages with blinking or scrolling text, animations flying all over, ear-blasting audios, and all the other things you think children will find attractive. However, you have to consider that not everyone appreciates these.
Blinking or scrolling text does not allow viewers to read at their own pace. Your readers will be forced to make do with the speed at which you deliver content. Animations flying all over the page can be distracting, like repeated pokes on your shoulders when you’re trying to accomplish something important. Audios, when they have nothing to provide except background noise, are equally irritating. As early as the planning stages, aim to use designs that are not just pretty but functional as well.
- Pay heed to your site’s loading speed.
Have you ever seen a young child sit still for more than a few moments? For that matter, have you ever observed one whose focus lasts more than the typical few seconds?
According to studies, the average viewer only takes about 4 seconds to make up his or her mind on whether to continue viewing your website. With the younger generation, the time could even be less. Do away with nonsense videos or irrelevant graphics. Test your website’s loading speed. Design your website in such a way that within 4 seconds, you grab your viewer’s interest and keep enough of it so he or she will want to wait for the rest of your page to load.
- Make your site engaging and interactive.
Your young audience loves bright colors and superior-quality images. Adults appreciate them too. Rather than make use of purely text navigation (which kids will find utterly school-like), substitute these with colorful icons. Splash some upbeat colors unto the pages by using relevant graphics, but do not overdo it. Make your website as interactive, fun, and entertaining as possible. All these will help you catch your users’ attention AND keep it.
These are only a few of the things that are fundamental in the design of a website, no matter the age of the designers and the audience. Keep these tips in mind, click that computer on, and start creating your very own today!
Sunny Popali is SEO Director at tempocreative.com. Tempo Creative is an Arizona Inbound Marketing firm that has served over 700 clients since 2001. Tempo’s team specializes in digital and internet marketing services including web design, SEO, social media and strategy.