Some Tips for creating a Website Mockup

Design and Development of websites is a rather challenging task, especially because it involves dealing with design and implementation issues of both the technical and human interaction.

With the success of all websites resting on the usability and user experience offered by it, website design gets a major chunk of emphasis. In these highly saturated niche markets, the options of buying and using alternate websites is always available to all the users of the web. As such it becomes important for websites to incorporate a proper structure that is easy to use and interpret for a majority of those accessing it.

For a web designer, who deals with many varied requirements from several ranges of trades and target markets, it needs experience and skills to understand and interpret each requirement and implement the same in both an artistic and easy to interpret manner.

Ideally when a new website design project is received, most established and experienced designers present wireframe models for approval to their customers and website buyers. This helps in finalizing the layout and provides a proper base on which the design can be created.

Expanding further from the wireframe becomes easier for designers as the overall layout gets frozen and approved by the buyers. Website wireframing also allows for relatively easier development of a website mockup and helps put forth related design options.

Website mockup designs provide a much better visual feel of the proposed website along with allowing further improvements and changes being done well before the actual coding and web development work starts.

Designers working on creating a website mockup should always remember the whole purpose behind creating a mockup and must always keep the buyer informed of the same. It has often been noted that a mockup gets mistaken for a finalized and finished website with all designing and coding finished.

When considering placeholder images and graphics for preparing a website mockup, experienced designers try and relate or be as close as possible to the main topic of the website. A website mockup should be taken as an opportunity to present to a buyer your inputs and suggestions by creating alternate fall back designs and mockups.

If you are creating a website mockup on software’s like Photoshop or Firefox, etc. always save the main files in their native formats as well as this allows for easy manipulation and modifications. On the other hand if you do not save the design files and rather save the exported JPG or other files, then manipulation and modifications get tougher and many a times need to be redone.

A website mockup is prepared and worked upon in order to obtain a clearance from your customer on a particular design. This helps save website overhauls and massive redesigns after the website has been developed for the web using any of the website development methods.

Try and always keep the website mockup as practical as possible without filling in too much and making the design overcrowded or impractical. Just remember that the same design also has to be integrated into making a fully working website once it clears the website mockup stage.

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  1. Website Mockup : An Introduction
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