Crafting a User-Friendly Website: The Key to Website Success for Service Providers

Hey friends! Today, we’re going to dive into something that can cause stress during the website design process. In this post, we're going to discuss how to craft a user-friendly website. I’ll guide you through the pages and content you should include on your service-based business website. We’ll also cover how much personal information to share and what to avoid. Let’s get started!

Pages to Include

For service providers, it’s a good idea to include these pages as part of your website:

Homepage: It’s your ‘front door’, displaying a peek into your brand, the services you offer, and why you’re great at it. You want your ‘curb appeal’ to really shine here!

About: This page shares your story, mission, and values. It’s an avenue of building trust and establishing a connection with your potential clients.

Services: Outline your service offerings to include detailed descriptions of each one.

Contact: Make it simple for visitors to reach out to you by providing clear contact information or a contact form.

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Elements for Each Page

To enhance your user experience and ensure your visitors can find the information they need, here are some key guidance for each page:

Clear Navigation: Ensure the menu that guides visitors through your website is intuitive. Keep it simple and logically organized.

Engaging Headlines: Use catchy headlines to grab attention and succinctly convey the purpose of each page.

Compelling Content: Write clear, crisp, and engaging text that highlights your uniqueness and tackles your customer’s pain points. A wonderful resource on this is Donald Miller’s, Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen. As a business owner, you’ll want to take an active role in creating content for your website. Be sure to discuss the copy creation process with your web designer. While some designers include copywriting in their services, not all designers do. You may also consider hiring a copywriter to assist with this. Copy issues is a common cause for website design delays so being prepared with your copy will enhance your project and overall result!

Visual Appeal: Incorporate high-quality images, videos, or graphics that align with your brand and enhance the aesthetic of your design. See my post, A Picture is Worth How Many Words for more on the importance of photography in website design.

Call-to-Action (CTA): Encourage your visitors to take the desired next steps – whether it’s booking a call, subscribing to your newsletter, or making a purchase. For more information on the role of CTAs in your website design, see my post: The Power of Call-to-Actions: Your Website's Secret Weapon.

Personal Information: A Balancing Act

When it comes to providing personal information on your website, it can be a bit of a balancing act. How much you share may vary from business to business and by industry. For service providers, showcasing your expertise and personal brand can be beneficial in connecting with your audience. Consider the following:

Professional Bio: share a concise bio that highlights your relevant experience, qualifications, and accomplishments.

Personal Branding: As you incorporate elements that reflect your unique personality and vibe, you’ll want to remember to be consistent, share your story authentically, and incorporate visual elements that showcase your personality.

Privacy & Security: Be mindful of the personal information of yourself and staff that is shared online.

What to Avoid

Think of how fast you scroll and scan through a website. Your visitors do the same. With that in mind, here are the things you want to avoid:

Cluttered Design: Do not overwhelm your visitors with too much information or a confusing, messy layout. Sometimes, less really is more!

Irrelevant Content: When it comes to content, stay in your lane. Stick with information that is relevant to the services you provide and ensure it speaks to your target clients.

Invasive Pop-ups: Pop-ups can be useful but avoid the type that are a nuisance or introduce hurdles to navigating your website.

Excessive Ads: Too many advertisements on your website can be distracting or water down your message. If you choose to display ads, do so sparingly and ensure they align with your message.

Ready to Craft Your User-Friendly Website?

I hope the guidelines I’ve provided are helpful. My goal is to help service provider business owners create a website that is both visually appealing and user friendly. Simplicity and intuitive design are foundational to ensuring visitors find the information they need easily. If you’re ready to overhaul your website, I’d love to help you! Please feel free to reach out to me hello@paintcreekdigital.com