As most of us know, there are three important parts of a website’s design: the header, the content, and the footer. None of these should be ignored when creating a web design. Sadly it happens in most cases, and many web designers ignore the footer design. Over time the footer evolved from just a line of text with the copyright, legal notice, or navigation into a mini repeated area which is filled with navigation, comments, recent posts, copyright, etc.
In this post, not only are we giving you samples of website footers for your inspiration, but also guiding you 5 important steps to remember whenever you are designing the footer.
1. Decide On Repeated Content
Be very selective in choosing the content you want to place in the footer. It depends on your need, what your website is about, or what content you want people to re-read in your footer. If you have a blog website, magazine type of website or similar it could be your recent posts, featured posts (in lines with no image thumbnail), recent comments, or social media links. For artists, designers or companies it could be their services, portfolios (in small thumbnails), testimonials, contact form or recent tweets.
2. Add Logo(s) If Necessary
People nowadays are really concerned about feeling safe and secure when they visit websites and want to make sure that they are browsing the right sites. For e-commerce websites, it will be a great idea to place some logos such as Verified Merchant, Verisign Secure, McAfee Secure, or others. And if you have partnership, sponsors or even awards recognition, why not placing their logos on your footer as well? This will help you get respect from your website visitors.
3. Add The Interesting Point(s)
Say good bye to the old boring website footer. You have done a great job with the header and content (body) of your web design, now it’s time to spice up the footer. A few interesting things you could add can be icons, illustrations or just about anything fun. Though, remember to match them with the website layout or the website concept and try not to add many icons.
4. Space Things Out
Now that you have everything you need for the website footer, let’s add some space between the sections. Although it might not have as much content as you have in the body content, it is always better to have them spread out rather than looking so packed in.
5. Do Not Forget Your Copyright Line
Don’t let all the content in the footer fool you. It doesn’t matter how much stuff you put as content or how many logos/portfolios you have on your website footer, you still have to put your copyright line somewhere. Be creative, it doesn’t have to be at the bottom all the time.
Now let’s take a look at some other website footer designs for your inspiration.
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