Keeping things organized and neat are pretty essential for productivity and functionality. Not only does that apply to everyday things like keeping your room neat to find things efficiently, but it also applies to web design as well. Alignment helps to keep a website look neat and professional.
Text alignment is crucial to a website’s appearance. There are four types of text alignments to choose from: left, center, right, and justify.
Left text alignment is the default setting for most writing software and websites out there. It keeps things consistent and easy to read. This is mainly used in countries that have languages that are read from left to right. Only the left side of the text appears aligned together.
Right text alignment is mainly only used when the writer is dealing with a language that reads from right to left, for example, Chinese. The only time someone would really use right text alignment is for setting up navigational elements like a sidebar navigation. In this case, the right side would be completely aligned and the left side would appear very jagged.
Centered text alignment makes the text set at the center of the page. The ends of both sides of the text are uneven. This is mainly used for titles of a webpage or just a sentence or two that is meant to stand out against everything else, like quotes.
Justified text alignment is probably the least used of all four. It takes up the entire text box area and makes the word spacing uneven throughout the passage. This is only used if you want the ends of the text to be aligned on both sides.
Aligning images not as easy as text, even though there are only 3 ways to align them: left, right, or centered. Large images that take up a lot of space are usually centered on a web page. Smaller images have the flexibility to be aligned with blocks of text that it might be related to it. When inserting an image into a block of text, keep it either aligned on the right or left. Centering the image would make it extremely hard to read because it would cut off the sentences midway.
When a website is formed with different elements like multiple text boxes and images, it’s important to keep them aligned so that it looks more professional and organized. Each element should be represented by a box and all of the boxes should be aligned. The image below shows how a website with organized content should look like as opposed to one that is not aligned:
Keeping elements aligned on a website will help prevent the cluttering of elements and cause the website to appear messy. Remember to incorporate good proportion when aligning each element against each other for a more polished and professional look.
What are some interesting element alignments you’ve found?
Does a page with several strange alignments make you think the site is poor quality immediately and leave or do you forgive and keep on browsing the site?
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