What is a website wireframe?

Wireframe for the homepage of my website.

Wireframe for the homepage of my website.

A website wireframe is a lot like a blueprint for a house. It’s a document that shows the framework of how the website might look or function. It will show things like navigational elements, form fields, and content placeholders, but usually does not show typographic style (fonts), colors, or particular graphics. The point is to show how the information will be displayed, the priority of the specific elements on the page, and particular functionality (how parts of a page will work).

If you’re interested in creating a wireframe, here are some great tools for the job: