6 Things to Consider in Arabic Websites Design
A well designed arabic website is never a simple translation of a website in another language. The following 6 things must be carefully considered.
1. Color Schemes
One of the most over looked problems in arabic websites design is the inappropriate color schemes. The arab world is largely situated in a warm / warm – temperate part of the world and this is usually not properly considered. The arab mind naturally gravitates towards the colors of the sky, earth, desert and sea. A beautifully designed arabic website should consider earthy colors such as light yellows and light browns. This should be complemented with the colors of the sky, blue hues. Use ample white spaces, and use green hues lightly for contrast. Arabic Websites Color Scheme | PalGeek
2. Cultural references
Another major problem with websites that are simple translations of other languages. They heavily lack proper arabic cultural references, both modern and classical. These websites typically come off as distant, unconvincing, and fake. Further, typically in such websites the language comes off as weak with disconnected ideas. It is important to always run your translated content by native arabic speakers who understand the culture.
3. Font Size
The arabic script is a beautiful and heavily italicized script with a lot of annotations that can change the meaning of a word dramatically. Always use larger fonts on a proper background color that can show off the beauty of the script and ensures its clear to the reader.
4. White Space
Design your pages with ample spaces and avoid packing too much content into any single page. Use pages wisely to focus on content around a few ideas. Avoid clutter at all costs. Again, the arab world is a large and sparsely populated area, and typically arabic speaking peoples dislike clutter, and prefer large empty spaces.
The Arab World is a deeply conservative place, and appropriate language and images must always be considered. Opt for a few, context appropriate, beautiful, simple, and high resolution images. Avoid meaningless image clutter. Use image backgrounds wisely.
While some cultures prefer a short and direct engagement and content delivery, arabic culture is on the other extreme. Arabic speaking peoples typically prefer the building of context, and personal relationships. This is important to consider when writing content for arabic speaking audiences. Don’t jump right into the content without a proper introduction, and building of context and history. However, once context is built, it is important to use simple and to the point language to deliver content. Don’t sound overly academic. That won’t be appreciated, and maybe perceived as an attempt to deceive or show off. The arabic language is a very efficient language at delivering content and ideas when used properly. Again, using native language speakers who understand the culture is highly recommended.
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