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It’s much easier to read a book than it is to read text on a website. As I’ve mentioned many times before website visitors tend to be impatient and scan quickly through content. As a website owner you want to make your site’s content as easy to read as possible. So here are some points detailing how to make your website’s text easy to read.

Avoid low contrast colour schemes

Make sure there is a big difference between your website text and the background of your website. You will notice almost all online magazines and newspapers are very high contrast.

Avoid light on dark colour schemes

Light text on a dark background is difficult for most people to read. Avoid a light on dark colour scheme unless the text on your site is minimal. You can’t go wrong with good old black (or dark grey) on white.

Don’t make your text too small

Although most browsers allow text size to be overridden many of your website visitors will not know how to do this. It’s better to err on the side of caution and have your text slightly slightly too big than too small.

Avoid long chunks of text

Avoid long paragraphs. If it reads like a novel you’ve most likely overdone it. You can make your text easier to read with the use of bullet points and headlines.

To get a website that is easy to read call me on 07843 483 078 or get a free quote online.

Tim Bennett is a freelance web designer from Leeds. He has a First Class Honours degree in Computing from Leeds Metropolitan University and currently runs his own one-man web design company, Texelate.