A website prototype takes it to a whole new level by adding interactions and animation and giving a user a look and feel of what an end product will look like. But before we dive into details of how to create a prototype for a website, let’s take a moment to clear out any confusion around the UX design terminology: What is the difference between a wireframe, a mockup, and a prototype? A website wireframe is a static black and white image showing how the elements will be arranged on the page. We can view a mockup as a wireframe on steroids. It introduces typography, colors, fonts, logos, etc. while staying static. A website prototype can be any mock-up or demo of what a website will look like when it goes live.
We use a website prototype to:
Website design prototyping begins with gathering the information. Look at the other sites in your industry, or even outside of it but similar or related to your business in other respects. Most likely, we’ve visited them a gazillion of times before but as soon as we begin planning our own site we will see them through a different lens.
Use this research as a source of inspiration as well as for “what-not-to-do” warning signs to create a website prototype that will be the best fit for your business.
Now start bringing your ideas to life. It doesn’t require any special art skills or tools for this. Just scribble the main elements of your future website pages on a sheet of paper.
Here are the main things to keep in mind when sketching:
Think of what exactly your requirements are for the prototype to demonstrate and make a list of all pages in need of it.
Maybe we just want to focus on a path to purchase? Then we most likely need the following pages: a homepage, search results and/or a category page, a product page, a cart page, a checkout page, and a purchase confirmation page. If we want to build a prototype for a whole website go ahead and list all pages it will feature.
Now, the prep job is done. We are ready to begin web page prototyping. It’s easy and a lot of fun.
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This is not an easy decision given the number of solutions available on the market. In this case analysis paralysis is no longer a figure of speech. It is an accurate description of a user’s mind struggling to make a choice. Don’t lose your head and see through the marketing clutter.
Unless there’s something extremely complicated to build, all we really need is a simple, reliable, and, preferably, free prototyping tool.
To conclude, a fully interactive website prototype is a tool we can’t afford to neglect on your road to building a website. It saves a lot of time trying to explain what exactly we had in mind. It makes communication with the software developers and designers so much easier and eventually saves money. Contact our Prototype design services for more assistance.