How to Build a Website Wireframe

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How to build a website wireframe

Building a nice looking website that converts your website visitors into a paying customer is quite challenging but not impossible. If you are planning to build a business website, user experience (UX) must be your top priority. Keeping your website audience in mind while designing your website ensures your website works the way you want and drives business for you. 

Being an entrepreneur you always want to have a procedure in place to get your website developed. A website wireframe is the first step of that website development lifecycle where you create a blueprint for your website idea. This blueprint can go in various stages as your idea concreates. 

By taking the time to create a wireframe before you get into the design process, you can save lots of time evaluating user flows and page layout. This allows you to see exactly how the new website will function and find any potential mistakes that might eventually get in the way of conversions.

Types of website wireframe

#1 Sketch 

Some designers go with a sketch wireframe first before they get on their computer. This is the very basic layout of your website where you just pen down your idea and give it a shape. This is just a pen and paperwork.

#2 Low-Fidelity Wireframe

A low-fidelity wireframe is a more refined version of your basic concept sketch. This wireframe is created digitally using cloud or system based designing tools that display elements in simple content blocks. The low-fidelity wireframe is important for determining what graphical elements need to be created and what copy needs to be written. Have a look at the illustration graphics to understand how your wireframe would look like.

#3 High-Fidelity Wireframe

The high-Fidelity wireframe is an advanced version of your low-fidelity wireframe that illustrates in more detail without the creation of too many graphical elements. This gives a more aesthetic look without spending too much time on design work that could be thrown in the review process.

Tools to build your website wireframe

#1 Sketch

Sketch is a design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork. You can create anything from a website wireframe to a stunning prototype. It’s available for macOS only – so useless for Windows and Linux users.

#2 Figma

I loved this tool as I use it and recommend using it. You can create anything you want here from website wireframe to delicious web prototypes. This tool is available on macOS, Windows and Web. It’s free for your first project too. So, no need to worry about money.

#3 Marvel

It’s for you. You can build both low-fidelity and hi-fidelity wireframes and interactive prototypes. It’s for both who can pay and who can’t. Build awesome wireframes and prototypes with Marvel. 

#4 InVision

Another awesome tool loved by designers. You can take it as an alternative to Sketch and Figma. You can create awesome web and app prototypes here. It’s free but only available for macOS users.

#5 Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & XD

Adobe exists from the day we started thinking about designing. You can use Photoshop or Illustrator to create both low and high fidelity wireframes and mockups. 

Summing up

While wireframing tools are constantly evolving with the time, we find these tools and technic our best to build industry standard website wireframes. You can try the method illustrated or find your own tools and tricks for doing research on the internet or joining a training institute. 

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