Essential Coding Techniques for a Captivating Website

January 14, 2015

Enhancing and enriching user experience is one of the primary goals of every web development initiative. The ideal user experience involves both simplicity in navigation as well as the inclusion of features and functionalities that are intuitive and interesting. All the components of a website need to appear lively and create some excitement that motivates users to come back. If done right, the basic design and embedded features can be effectively utilized to delight and inspire the target audience. Let’s take a look at some of the essential coding techniques that we often use for building a dynamic website.

Vertical sliding panels

With a sliding panel, users can find all the information they need on the same page. Vertical sliding panels also provide for improved storytelling, as users get to see a continuous flow of information spread across various sections on the same design landscape. The essential technology requirements for vertical sliding panels include HTML5, CSS and jQuery. HTML is used as the basic frame holding the entire content, CSS for determining the behavior of the sliding panels and jQuery for making everything work in the desired manner.

Subtle mouseover effects

Users appreciate it when the mouseover effect takes place at a pleasant speed. Conventionally, mouseover elements were coded to change instantly, but the practice has changed dramatically with the availability of CSS3. Most web developers prefer gradual transitions since it reflects a sense of subtlety and beauty in the design. This technique can be utilized to establish the behavior of various elements such as navigation buttons, design elements, links, forms, images, etc.

Content on hover

A good way to motivate users to read something is to hide the content with an interesting design frame or image that acts as a teaser. The intended content is revealed when the user hovers the cursor over the design frame/image. Usually, short messages are used, which prompt the user to hover their cursor over the design frame or image, leading them to the hidden content. This effect can be achieved using a combination of HTML, JavaScript codes and CSS.

Embedded bar graphs

User-centric information such as total visits, number of comments, likes, shares, etc. naturally appeals to visitors. This information can be displayed in tables, but a better way is to utilize bar graphs. Assimilating information becomes a lot easier with bar graphs and it also adds to the overall look and feel of the webpage. For a specific page, a block can be created with different color-coded sub-blocks representing a certain category of information.

Hover effects for image thumbnails

Hover effects can be utilized to control the magnification of image thumbnails. Conventionally, clicking an image thumbnail would open a new window to display the full-sized picture, but with CSS, the same outcome can be achieved by just hovering the cursor on the image thumbnail. The CSS overflow property is used to achieve this effect.

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A seasoned Internet Media professional with more than 10 years of experience in varied domains such as website design & development, digital imaging, social media marketing, and search engine optimization. We are intrinsically technology geeks with an insatiable appetite for new developments in the digital landscape.

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