Desktop-First Design Tips for Responsive Websites

by Bentley Knowggin

For certain sites, your website should be designed with the desktop user in mind. Although many users are increasingly accessing websites through their mobile devices, it’s still important to consider the needs of those who are using a traditional computer. Here are a few tips for designing a website that looks great and functions well on desktops:

1. Use a large font size. Most desktop users will be viewing your website on a screen that is at least 11 inches wide, so you’ll want to use a font size that is easy to read. Verdana or Arial are good choices for body text, and you can go up to 18 or 20 points for headings.

2. Use plenty of white space. When viewed on a desktop, your website should be easy on the eyes. Leave plenty of empty space between elements so that the user doesn’t feel overwhelmed by information overload.

3. Don’t skimp on the image size. You don’t want your images to look blurry.

4. Include lots of text fields. Entering information into a website makes older people feel relevant and needed. Let’s give them something to do.

5. Include Flash apps. There are ways you can still incorporate Flash into your websites. Be creative!

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