Using a grid for your web design

The use of grids is very common in the web designing industry. While grids were initially used for graphic designing only, their convenience has led to immense popularity in web design. By definition, a grid is a framework of pixels that run vertically and horizontally. They make up the layout for the pages of a website. By working with a grid, a web designer can conveniently decide where to place different items on a page. A grid makes it easy to place different components on a webpage and, therefore, quickens the web designing process.

Advantages of using grids

There are several reasons grids should be used when designing a website. For one, they can make a website look fairly organized. A major problem with several websites is the fact that they are stuffed with content. The images are wrongly placed, thus giving the webpage a clustered look. By using a grid, you can make sure that all the items are rightly placed according to a defined layout. It can allow you to decide how to place the essential items on a page. It will also make you realize that you can not place every bit of content you have and, therefore, will allow you to single out the unnecessary parts.

By using a grid appropriately, a web designer can make the finished website look highly attractive.  Another major advantage of using a grid is that it provides the base for a website’s design. This means that if you need to update your website or to change some components in future, you can simply do this by using the grid. Changes can be made comfortably, since a grid will provide the basic framework you need.

Limitations of using grids

While using grids is a great way to design a website, the method has its limitations. A major limitation is the fact that you can only work with a provided framework. This means that there is not much room for creativity. You can not think out of the box or place items in a different layout. You will have to follow the pixels provided by the grid. Because of this, grids cannot be used for all websites, especially for those that need to be highly unique and creative.

Moreover, a grid has certain essential requirements. For one, you need to have a sufficient amount of content to put in the grid. If, therefore, you are designing pages that have minimal content, a grid should not be used. This is because a small amount of content can be placed effectively even without the use of a grid. Also, if you are planning to design an abstract website, a grid will limit your options.

Using grids in web design, therefore, can certainly ensure that you will end up with a neat and well-organized site. However, the method has its limitations and can not be used for all kinds of websites. If your web content is insufficient, for example, grids can not help you.

Jonas Vorwerk is a Web Designer & Developer at Konoozi LLC http://www.konoozi.com. To know more about Jonas and Konoozi, you can find us on our Facebook and Twitter.