Website Wireframe

Website development and design is a complex process that includes many steps. This process can be greatly simplified by creating a skeleton or schematic representation of a website framework. This useful tool is popular among website designers and developers, visual designers, and business analysts. It helps effectively reflect a website’s functionality, visualize the arrangement of the main interface elements of a future website, represents website functionality, navigational systems, and content. The website functionality is used to describe the interactions between website elements and a user’s interactions with interface. Thus, a Website wireframe is a powerful prototyping tool capable greatly saving time, avoiding mistakes, and successfully realizing projects of any complexity.

A Website wireframe can be designed in various ways, but the most convenient and quick way is to use software. The innovative Website Wireframe solution enhances ConceptDraw PRO v11 functionality and makes a great wireframing software tool. It offers the newest wireframe tools as well as a variety of predesigned icons, symbols, buttons, graphics, forms, boxes, and many other vector elements necessary to create skeletal and content-free depictions of website structure in minutes.

Use of the image libraries, templates, and also professionally designed samples from the Website Wireframe solution of ConceptDraw Solution Park gives you significant advantages when designing and maintaining websites, creating website prototypes and planning content arrangement before committing to design. The website wireframe also speeds up the processes of sketching, producing and sharing wireframe examples of website style and interface design.


There are 11 stencil libraries containing 706 vector objects in the Website Wireframe solution.

Design Elements — Web Icons

Design Elements — Web Icons

Design Elements — AV Media

Design Elements — AV Media

Design Elements — Content Blocks

Design Elements — Content Blocks

Design Elements — Forms

Design Elements — Forms

Design Elements — Graphic Controls

Design Elements — Graphic Controls

Design Elements — Social and Blog

Design Elements — Social and Blog

Design Elements — Text and Tables

Design Elements — Text and Tables

Design Elements — Image Placeholders

Design Elements — Image Placeholders

Design Elements — Navigation

Design Elements — Navigation

Design Elements — Advertisement

Design Elements — Advertisement

Design Elements — Wireframe Grid

Design Elements — Wireframe Grid

Examples

The interface design samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using templates provided with the “Website Wireframe” solution. These documents demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities, and the results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The “Website Wireframe” solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Example 1: Company Website Home (Wireframe)

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Navigation and Text and Images libraries from the Website Wireframe solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

Almost all modern businesses have some form of online presence. Creating a website wireframe is a good way of assessing and choosing what style, features, and content are needed to satisfy your customer's needs, and gives you an opportunity to work out any design problems before you go live.

Wireframe Examples

Example 2: Multi-Author Blog (Wireframe)

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Navigation and Text and Images libraries from the Website Wireframe solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

Don't be confused by the Latin language content! This is simply example text 'filler' to flesh out the web design and see how text looks on the page. Presenting it in Latin means you are not distracted by the content while concentrating on the visual aspects of the wireframe.

Wire Frame

Example 3: Online Shop (Mockup)

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Controls and Text and Images libraries from the Website Wireframe solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

When creating customer facing content, the need for careful layout planning is even greater than normal. The interface design of an online shop needs to be user-friendly and engaging, to ensure customers will want to return to the website.

Interface Design

Example 4: Photo Gallery Webpage (Mockup)

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Navigation and Text and Images libraries from the Website Wireframe solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

The Website Wireframe solution contains all the graphical elements necessary to assist accurate and productive website design. The samples give an example of the range of content that it's possible to plan; in this case we show how you can arrange a photo gallery on screen.

Wireframing

Example 5: User Registration Form

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Wireframe Grid and Web Widgets libraries from the Website Wireframe solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows the possibilities offered by the wireframe tools found in this solution. Plan and arrange all forms of web content, including multimedia, forms, buttons, links and text.

Wireframe Tools

Template: 960 Grid System 16-Column Layout

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Wireframe Grid libraries from the Website Wireframe solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

The 960 grid system is a method of automating certain aspects of web development, by providing a consistent pixel framework to work to within your website wireframe. There are 12 column and 16 column variants; using 16 columns allows you to place content on the page within 40 pixel increments.

Inside

Website Wireframe Solution for macOS

Website Wireframe Solution for Microsoft Windows

What I Need to Get Started

ConceptDraw PRO and the “Website Wireframe” solution, found in the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, are all you need to get started. Make sure both are installed on your computer.

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw Store and ConceptDraw PRO. Next, install the “Website Wireframe” solution using ConceptDraw Store.

Website Wireframe Solution — Install

Start using

Website Wireframe Solution — Start Using

Website Wireframe

Website design can be a complicated process; blending visual and media elements, arranging key areas of information, and possibly offering features for customers such as form fields and product inventories. Due to the scope of modern websites, before coding can begin, web designers build what's known as a website wireframe — essentially a blueprint for what will be shown on the screen when navigating the site's pages. Wireframe design dispenses with actual content for the time being, instead focussing on where that content will be placed and it's interaction with other page elements.

A complete wireframe can be broken down into three components; the amount to which each are employed depends on the business model of the website in question, but generally they are all featured in some way.

  • Information design — the process of how information is placed on the page, how it can be understood most efficiently and effectively. Certain elements must be prioritized over others to promote the company message (and often brand), and to give emphasis to user needs and requirements.

    Website wireframe - Information design
  • Website wireframe showing segregated areas of information — created using ConceptDraw PRO

  • Navigation design — this relates specifically to the features on a website that allow you to navigate to different areas of it, or to an outside source. Websites often feature a number of navigational systems, such as courtesy navigation — header of important links that remains in place on each page — or contextual navigation, that links to different areas within the same large body of text.
  • Interface design — includes all the elements that are intended for user interaction, including action buttons, check boxes, text fields and drop-down menus. Attention must be paid to making the user or customer experience as simple and efficient as possible; wireframe diagrams can be used to predict usability problems and areas of customer interest.

Within a company, a website wireframe can be utilized by different division, each with a slightly different emphasis on what they want the wireframe to show. Interface designers might focus more on the user interface (UI), and navigation paths between pages, while a business analyst will arrange the page to feature the business ethos and marketing. Graphic designers of a project will want to emphasise placement of visual elements on the page. Project leaders will often need to combine all these elements into one complete wireframe, to present to customers or stakeholders. This means that website wireframing is often a collaborative process; if the website is being developed for an outside contract, periodic rounds of feedback will be required to ensure the site is being designed according to specifications.

Website wireframe with UI elements

Website wireframe with UI elements — designed using ConceptDraw PRO

Whatever they are being used for, the fundamental principle of a wireframe remains the same — a skeletal blueprint of a webpage without the distractions of color, typeface or copy. This ensures the structure of a website is strong, and that their are no broken links or errors in usability; it is something like secure foundations being laid before the house can be built — or in this case, content added.

Sometimes, with basic website design, a wireframe can simply be drawn on paper or a whiteboard. If there are not many elements to combine, a quick sketch can show the limited number of design possibilities. For more complex websites that involve a greater degree of user interaction, or larger index of pages, it is preferable to use graphic design software to accomplish the task. The greater accuracy offered, and automation of some design aspects, simplifies wireframe design and the end result is a lot closer to what can actually be expected from the finished website.

CS Odessa are continually upgrading and widening functionality for their premier diagramming software, ConceptDraw PRO. Users have been able to enjoy a constantly evolving program, that has come to offer hundreds of solutions for graphic design purposes; business reporting, building blueprint and layout planning, electrical systems, educational materials, and graphs and charts are among those featured in ConceptDraw's Solution Park.

The latest solution, Website Wireframe, follows the standard set by previous solutions by providing a comprehensive set of vector stencil libraries with which to illustrate your wireframe design. These include icons depicting action menus and navigational controls, block areas for text and diagrams, as well as web widget graphics — elements such as clocks, embedded media or calendars. As ever, the solution extends to a range of samples and templates that help you start the creative process, and a number of help documents to explain the range of features available.

Website wireframe - Icons library

The Icons library from ConceptDraw's Website Wireframe solution

A great benefit when using ConceptDraw PRO to create your website wireframe, and the advantage of using software as opposed to just a sketch, is that PRO allows you to create a document with multiple pages, and supports the hyperlinks and hypergraphics that are used to navigate between them. Not only this, but the software allows you to export your document into a variety of formats (html, svg, png, pdf, ppt, etc.), for greater productivity between team members, and as an effective way of sharing your work with other stakeholders or customers. For web designers and programmers, the Website Wireframe solution from ConceptDraw is your one-stop shop for all wireframe design needs.