Simplicity never goes out of style. Which is why simplifying your web site will be a great move because it will make your page look sleek, minimize confusion in navigation and help achieve your desired results. Sometimes though no matter what you do, your website doesn’t look as great as you first pictured it will be.

Worry no more! This article will give you 5 points where you can start off to simplify your web design. Here they are:

1. Keep your focus on the important things

You would think, “What do you take me for? Of course I’ll put the focus on the important things in my website.”  You’d be surprised by the number of websites that fail to achieve this. The result? A whole lot of mess with loads of unimportant elements scattered on the web page. Sometimes prioritizing is a very hard job to do because everything seems to be important. But you should take note about what needs to be focused, and you can worry about the details later on.

Use the 80-20 Rule

Keep the focus on 20% of your site elements that give 80% of the usefulness. What does this mean? It means that you should limit the number of site elements you display on a page to the ones that play the most roles in your website. Once you figure out what these elements are, you can begin simplifying your website and see how drastic (yet positive) the changes can be.

2. Rid your website of all unnecessary elements

This is a continuation of the 80-20 rule right here.

Identifying 20% of the web site elements that will give you 80% of the desired results is only half the battle. Now, it’s time to do the opposite. What 80% of your elements give only 20% of the desired results? Examples are social media sharing widgets, sidebar elements, etc. Your website will look so much more professional with these elements stripped off your website.

3. The fewer number of pages the better

A great deal of simplifying your website comes from reducing the number of pages where your visitors can navigate and explore. Do what you can to trim the page count — get rid of unnecessary pages, merge multiple pages into one, etc.

Empathize with your visitor — “What do I want to do in this website?” Your visitor won’t achieve what he/she came for if you have a lot of separate pages that perform almost the same function. This is why you should make sure that your pages function only what is necessary and nothing more than that.

Cutting off the number of your web pages not only makes it easier for your visitor to navigate around, but it makes them see your content more clearly. And alas, the purpose of your website is achieved.

4. Get more content above the fold

There have been studies that show majority of people spend most of their time above the fold on web pages. Above the fold is the part of the web site that shows on the screen without having to scroll down. Increasing the efficiency of your web site would mean having the main content and call-to-action elements above the fold. You can do some reductions like shortening the header height to accommodate your web site.

5. Limit your color scheme

Just because you can use 20 different colors on your website doesn’t mean you should. It’s very easy to get carried away and lose interest in the important things when you have so much going on in your website. Gone are the days when your website will look like a rainbow diarrhea!

Visually simplifying your web site would mean limiting your color scheme. When in doubt, use as few colors as possible. Start off with 2 or 3 colors, basing your choices on the web design of course. This will allow your visitors to focus on what’s important because minor elements like the colors won’t get in the way.

Now you know a little bit more than you did before about web design. It’s really just about simplification. It’s amazing how reduction will get you to far places in this business.