Even if it is a popular belief to never judge a book by its cover, it does not really apply all the time. Especially if you want to create a website that people would want to visit repetitively. Sure, the content is the most integral component of your site but it would really be such a bummer if a site that could offer amazing contents has a really poor presentation of such. You would also need to consider your web form design as it is one of the factors that could make or break your website, no matter how great your contents may be.
Follow these guidelines for the perfect web form designs.
- PROVIDE PROPER AND CLEAR EXPLANATION FOR FORM FIELDS
Imagine visiting a site for the first time, and then you are required to fill out tons of form fields. The ideal site would not only vaguely provide random blank spaces for you to fill up; they will also provide a clear instruction on what you should input.
- INDICATE HOW STRONG OR WEAK PASSWORD
Users would want a site that will assure them of the security of their activities. The online world is very dangerous. Giving them the means to gauge the strength of their passwords is a must in creating an effecting web form design.
- INPUT VALIDATION
This simply means you need to create a form that will check the validity of the inputs of the users before actually submitting it for processing. This way, users would immediately know the details they have overlooked before actually pressing enter. This is a time-saver.
- FIXING INCORRECT EMAIL ADDRESSES
This does not need a lot of explaining to do. A great and effective web form’s job does not end at providing a field for their customers’ email addresses; it will also provide indication about the validation of the correctness of such email addresses. It should normally flash suggestions of the correct email address.
- MAKE EASY AND STRAIGHTFORWARD INPUTS FOR USERS
This is especially ideal for mobile sites because the screens are usually much smaller than that of a desktop. It could be very tiring to fill out long and vague form fields. This also holds true for web sites. So create a system that makes it easier for your customers to input needed information.
- ADAPTING FORMS FOR YOUR AUDIENCE
Analyse your demographic. If you cater towards older or younger customer base, make sure that the type or structure of your web form is really meant for them. Adapt to your market to make it easier for them to access your site.
- KEEPING IT LOW
Design a web form that will covert uppercase letters to lowercase ones to make words less ‘out there’. This is especially important to form fields that do not really require bold words like in a particular comment section of a site. This will make it look more calm and civil.
- MOBILE CARD PAYMENT SCREEN
Simply show the progress of the transaction and its payment.
- RECOGNISING CARD TYPE
To save your customer more of his precious time, as he begins to enter his card number, the form field should easily determine your customer’s payment card. Less one form field to fill up.