So some of you have probably heard of the term “Wireframes”, but don’t know what it means or what they do. Essentially a website wireframe is mock up of every page a website will have. The idea behind it is to set up how the pages will look and how content will be arranged, without actually having content put in, as well as how the pages will work and function together. Wireframing is a process that we have all our clients go through if we are building something for them, especially if it needs to be responsive, so that our developers and clients can have a better idea of how things will look on the page and we can solve most of our problems before they happen. So here are 6 Reasons Why You Need Wireframes:
- Saves a lot of time on a Project
This is something that is huge for agencies as well as startups. Creating a wireframe helps calculate the designs out which helps the devs out as they do their job. Content creation becomes clearer when you see where content will be. Ultimately for us and our clients time is money and if we are saving time we are saving money while delivering a high quality product
- Helps Identify Placement for CTA’s
This is good because it gets you in the mindset of “What do I want the user to do on my site?” and “What steps are they going to take?”. By getting rid of the design aspect you are able to focus in on the important pieces of your site.
- Gives You a Bluprint
So heres the thing, would you build a house without a blueprint? Of course not, unless you wanted a really bad house. Websites are alike in that regard and having this plan helps you and your client minimize the amount of problems you encounter.
- Helps Determine Features
Wireframing also lets you figure out what features are going to be on each page. “Will you have third party apps or programs?”, “Will you be including social media icons on it?”. These are all questions that get answered with wireframes.
- Pushes Usability to the Forefront
Wireframes get everyone thinking objectively about the web page. Its great that you want to have this one really awesome feature but figuring out where it will go and how it responds to other elements on the page paves the way for smart web design and less headaches down the road. This helps you point out any flaws about the sites architecture and plan ahead for it.
- Use Real Words
When you and the client are going through and getting the layout down and putting content together, populate the squares and rectangles with real words and skip the ipsum generators. The reasons for this is because it gives the client a better feel for the site and a visual reference for how content interacts and flows with each other. When you include wireframing in the process you win as a developer.