Icons can make a huge impact on your website layout in both interface and experience. It is actually one of the most overlooked essentials in website design and development because for most designers it is “just an icon” and they see no potential impact on the presentation of a webpage. However this notion is not true because even a small object can add a nice touch to a plain and dull website.
So where exactly can you use icons? For example, membership sites can put icons into good use as it adds interest to the page. In fact you can add more interest to your website’s dashboard page as it gives its members an idea of what it is that they are going to click. A dashboard or membership page is normally boring but with the proper use of icons, you can turn this area that is mostly visited by your website’s members into a more engaging and more inviting page. This is just one common way to use icons. Another way is to add them into an actual blog post. Right in the beginning of the blog post in the upper left hand corner, you can use them in a variety of ways as little eye-catchers to add more interest to your blog entry. It’s like giving your specific blog entry a mood so your readers would get an idea on what type of article they are going to read.
However it’s not just basically adding icons. You still need to choose the right colour and theme that will complement your website’s theme. If you plan to use a number of icons on your site, be sure to choose uniform icon sets especially if you’re going to use these on a membership site to indicate different areas and pages. The great thing about using these kinds of icons is that they would look like they were created to go altogether specifically for your site making it more unique and more identifiable to your project. The same would be true if you use them to indicate various categories on your blog or in other ways that you might be creatively thinking of on your website.
There are a number of websites online offering icons that you can use for free or commercially. Most icons can be downloaded in ICO, ICNS or PNG. Browse through the various sections and see what each icon set has to offer. All you need to do is to be creative in choosing which icon sets to use. However you need to be careful about the terms and agreement on using the free icons. Make sure that you have the permission to use them the way you want to. Most of the time you can find these details under the description where it will tell you if the icons are allowed for commercial usage and certain terms such as what kind of attribution you need to give them. Make sure that you read the license and see how they want to you give credit for using the icons for free on your site.