Guide to UX Wireframes

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What Are UX Wireframes?

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Wireframes are to a UX designer as blueprints are to an architect. UX wireframes allow a website developer to have a plan for how user interface elements will exist on webpages or applications. This is the first step to making a user-friendly website.

Catch Errors Before They Happen

Why Use UX Wireframes?

In building a website, UX wireframes are useful because they allow you to plan the layout of webpages on the site. This means you can see errors ahead of actually implementing them.

You can easily make changes to correct these errors and further optimize the layout. It’s easier to see what’s going on when you have everything in front of you. This allows for better, more accurate designs.

Define Structure and Function

How Do UX Wireframes Work?

UX wireframes establish the basic structure and functions of a website before content and design elements are added.

Webpage Structures and Functions Determined by Wireframing

  • Information hierarchy
  • Page density
  • Navigation
  • Placement of elements
  • Overall user experience

With UX wireframes, the project team understands how the website or application works, and the placement, size, and relationship of major interface elements. The wireframe goes through an approval process by the team and stakeholders before the development moves onto the next process.

Various wireframes with well-designed templates and shapes are provided for future design elements. With wireframes, you get to customize templates, implement essential requirements, and, most importantly, experiment freely early enough.

With the ability to evaluate and experiment with the layout and functions of a new website, you can ensure that your site meets or exceeds expectations for user experience.

Improve Site Navigation with UX Wireframes

It’s crucial that users can navigate easily through your website or application and find what they are looking for. How easily content can be found on your site is called content findability. If this process too difficult or timely, users will leave and look on someone else’s website.

With UX wireframes, team members can give the new site a test run. They can check the difficulty or ease of accessing the website's pages, such as whether the drop-down menu items help a user navigate to a particular section, or make them unsure of where to start.

You can even have some of your end users test out the site in a beta version. Beta-testers can provide feedback on their experiences, and this will help inform you on how to move forward.

Custom Wireframes Make Design Changes More Efficient

Once a webpage has been designed and implemented, it takes more time, effort, and expense to make changes to it. That’s why you want to try to catch errors or non-optimal elements earlier on, in the wireframing process.

Wireframes can be reworked in a matter of minutes, so you can make as many changes as necessary before design and content elements are added. Custom wireframes add further ability to modify and adapt elements, and ensure the website’s structure and functionality fit to your particular business.

Changes to high-fidelity designs can run into the thousands of dollars. However, custom UX wireframes are much more cost-efficient. With custom UX wireframes, you can create a website or application that’s perfect for your business’s industry, customers, and offerings.

That’s why our platform, Clarity eCommerce Framework, uses custom UX wireframes to ensure the delivery of compelling web designs.

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Autumn Spriggle is a Content Writer at Clarity Ventures who stays up to date on the latest trends in eCommerce, software development, and related topics to provide readers with the latest and greatest. She strives to help people like you realize the full potential for their eCommerce business.