Tips for Building Your Free Wedding Website
Even once you have everything you need to set up a free wedding website, you still have to take the time to put it together. That prospect might sound intimidating, but we have some tips that can help you build your free website.
Make sure your wedding website is designed well
One thing you should do is double-check your website for any potential problems it may have, even if it is somewhat minor. Granted, you should not spend this time checking it over at the expense of more important things, especially if you are going into minute details. However, if you can afford to spend this time on the task, it is well worth it, if only to make a good impression on your would-be guests. Plus, it will help prevent you from having to go back and spend more time trying to fix parts of your website later.
You want to think about how you’re laying everything out as you go. For example, you want to put the most important information at the top of the page. And if you have several pages, make sure the homepage has vital information and also helps guide users to other information they might need about the wedding.
You may also want to avoid putting too much copy in one place. Large walls of text will likely mean that people will be glossing over it. Organize information in smaller sections that provide concise information.
There are two things to try to look out for when editing and proofreading your website. First, you want to make sure that the grammar and spelling are good enough for the information you are providing to be easily understood by your guests.
You can use free websites, such as the Hemingway App, to check your grammar and spelling. Apps like these are a lot more in-depth than a simple spell check, and they can do a world of good to ensure that there are few to no problems with the text.
Check the website for bugs and broken links
The second thing you need to keep an eye out for is the end-user experience. While the website may seem like it's working, you need to test that all of the functions work properly. For example, imagine how stressful it would be if the RSVP form was not working.
Problems like this can be caused by something as simple as an error in a single line of code. If that’s the case, you may not even realize exactly how it came to be broken. However, with a free wedding website, this usually won’t be an issue since you’ll likely be using a template. If you do find yourself in this situation, the provider should have resources to help you troubleshoot.
Click on each and every link on your website to make sure that they work and go to the destination you wanted them to. Such breaks can leave your website a confusing mess, which is the last thing you want when you’re trying to convey vital wedding information to guests before the big day.
To confirm that your website is working, try out all the features ahead of time. This may include clicking buttons to see where they lead you, submitting trial forms, going through all the pages in your navigation menu, and checking video playback.
Limit or section off your image use
Another common issue faced when making a wedding website is that they overuse images or other types of files. This is a problem on multiple levels. First, it may make it difficult for users to navigate an overcrowded website. And second, too many types of media can slow down your website loading speed.
This may discourage people from completing tasks like submitting their RSVP form or cause them to abandon the site altogether and send you a barrage of messages with questions.
A good way to utilize images without overloading your wedding site is to limit how many pieces of media you use on each page.
Consider including a guest book
A digital guest book is a great way to allow your wedding guests to share their excitement and love for you and your partner. You can set up a form that allows guests to add their messages and have them added to the page. While it’s not necessary, guests—and your future self—may appreciate it.