Before you commerce a web design and development project, think carefully about the website features to be implemented for your website. Usually before the start of a website development project, a list of technical requirements will be compiled. This serves as a blueprint for the website development. During the website development process, it may be difficult to add in more features due to certain prerequisites and constraints.
Based on the current trends, I will recommend certain must-have features that every websites need to have.
1. Responsive website design
Responsive website design enables the website to be displayed in the optimal format in various types of devices and screens – computers and laptops, tablets, and smart phones. The display size and format of the webpages will change accordingly to suit the size of the display screen. This will allow users to view and navigate the website content easily. In the past, there is only one display size and format (which is the standard computer and laptop webpage display format). Users had a hard time viewing the content on their tablets and smart phones and had to frequently zoom in onto the content to read the words clearly. With responsive website design, users will be shown the words clearly from the start, without having the need to zoom in anymore. User experience will be greatly improved.
While most websites these days are responsive, here are several resources for you to find responsive themes for your website:
2. Social media interactions
A lot of viral content is spreading across social media wildly. If you do not want to miss out the chance for your content to go around resulting in your website to garner attention, then you should include social media interactions inside your website. One way to do this is to give readers the options to share your blog posts on social media. Another way is to promote your social media accounts on your website so that traffic can also be directed to your social media where visitors may find the content in them interesting enough to share it on their social media accounts.
Resources for Social Media Plugins:
3. Contact form
A contact form is necessary to increase user opt-in rates. Just simply including your email address and phone number on your website is not enough. You will have to make it easier for users to contact you.