Today, the portal is a necessary part of small, medium and large-sized businesses as it is useful to connect all internal departments into web platform no matter it is a local area or wide area with different locations. Companies and organizations can get their desired type of portal that best meets their business requirements and offer them a range of benefits.
By developing your desired portal for your business, you can provide your customers huge information from different resources in a unified way. Some of the portal development tools that dictate the success of a web portal are-
Space is one of the most significant design tools as it dictates everything—from the flow to readability. Designers are beginning to use space in ways that we did not see on the web a decade ago. More portal designs include vast spaces, increased spacing between lines of text, and an overall use of open space.
Space is also important when it comes to creating a focal point for users. An image or piece of text surrounded by white space will appear larger and more important than one that is crammed into a smaller or tighter location in the design.
It is also important to note that space is not always white. It refers to the lack of elements, and could equally be a background color or a texture.
Navigation does not need to be complicated. It should be easy to identify and easy to use. It is also important to keep navigational menus to a minimum so you don’t overwhelm users. Depending on the type of portal, five to ten menu navigation items are the top end of what you should aim for.
Navigation also includes tools that help users navigate through a portal. Portals with parallax scrolling, for example, often include directional arrows to make the portal more user-friendly. The easier it is for people to use and navigate throughout your portal, the longer they are likely to interact with it.
Contact information generally appears in one of two ways – in the header/main navigation, or as a Contact Us page with a form or expanded information. Either option can work well, depending on your portal design.
The key is making it highly visible. Having contact information such as a phone number, physical address, or form to contact the web portal owner adds legitimacy to your portal and business. It can be frustrating for users to want to find you and the information not be clearly listed on the portal.
Call to Action (or Signup)
In most instances, a web portal is the gateway to an action – make a sale, provide information, gather contact information. To ensure this action, calls to action prompts need to be obvious and strong.
First, determine what your portal is supposed to do. Then design it so that action is obvious and lead users to it. Techniques such as color, contrast, and space can help lead users to the “right” buttons. Connect Mania, for example, wants users to download an app. The only clickable space regarding the scroll on the landing page takes you to the App Store.
Another popular call to action is a signup form. If this is your goal, set the form in a prime location and size it significantly. Make the form simple and quick to fill out. (If you require more than two or three pieces of information, consider a follow-up email rather than a complicated signup form.)
Design the box in a way that is unobtrusive but is easy to use. Make sure the box is big enough to type terms from your web portal. If you use an icon for search, there’s no need to invent something new; use the standard magnifying glass. The tool is vital for repeat users.
While there are a lot of chief components to effective web portal design, counting these ten key elements can make a difference. Take care designing with space, simple navigation, about us, contact information, calls to action, search, footer information, buttons, images and web fonts. These often overlooked details can make or smash your complete portal design.