Prior to discussing the advantages of wireframing, we will briefly describe what a wireframe is. A wireframe is a visual representation of the layout of a website. It may be referred to as a blueprint, outline, or the skeleton. Normally, a wireframe will represent the basic structure, navigation, and major components of the pages of a site. The wireframe will not incorporate completed design elements, but it will show where these elements will be placed on a page. Normally, wireframes are generated in grayscale utilising wireframing software.
Now we will examine some of the primary wireframing benefits.
It requires far more expertise, time, and effort to design a web page than it does to create a wireframe. When a customer examines a finished design, they are viewing a product that has required quite a bit of time to generate and it is likely to take a considerable amount of expense, time, and effort to revise.
Unfortunately, changes in a design or almost inevitable. Nevertheless, when wireframes are reviewed by customers, design changes can be accomplished in just a few minutes. Changing the size of a header, or altering the layout of a page can be done quite quickly. When these types of changes are made to fully completed, high resolution designs, it can be quite costly in terms of time and expense. Understanding the large impact in terms of time and expense of design changes, makes developers and customers reluctant to express concerns regarding a design due to the time and expense of addressing these issues.
The take home point here is that wireframes make it inexpensive and fast to alter or even completely change a design.
When issues with navigation are discovered after the completion of design it is akin to discovering that the ceilings of a home are too low subsequent to the home being built. Navigational issues are often prohibitively costly to correct.
Content that is created to improve SEO, provide value to human readers, or both, can appear elegant or clunky. Large blocks of text that are undifferentiated often appear clunky, and visitors won’t read it. Content that is elegant and persuades and informs utilises design elements like fonts that are properly sized and readable, bullets, numbered lists and subheadings that are well-positioned. Wireframes make it simple to alter these elements and obtain a formatting scheme that will enhance persuasiveness and readability.
Website Design for a complex site can be a large undertaking. It involves a group of specialists working in tandem to give a concrete form to the vision of a client. Wireframes help to convey the structure of a site to both clients and developers and facilitate alterations to the site prior to its implementation to allow for quick and cost-effective design changes.