Professional Website Design Tips That Truly Help

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  1. 1. Professional Website Design Tips That Truly Help When it comes to web page design, you will find it important to ensure that you are reading the best advice around. Use the advice provided here if you want to make your website look great and compete with other professional ones. There is quite a bit to learn, and this article is a perfect way to start off. Check your pages for broken links. An error page after clicking a link is very frustrating for visitors to your page. Either use a program to check for broken links or check each link manually. Make sure your text and background has the proper contrast. There's evidence showing that white text on a black background is easiest for most people to read, but other colors are fine so long as they're readable. Also keep in mind that people with visual impairments may not be able to read your site if the contrast is poor. Check to see if your site complies with various contrast standards using the tool at http://snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html . Don't use splash pages for your site unless required by law, and especially don't website design evansville in use a Flash intro. Most people just want to get to your content as quickly as possible, and don't care to look at useless splash pages. If you have some amusing content that you absolutely want visitors to see, integrate it into the homepage instead. Use a style sheet to stay consistent. There is almost nothing more disconcerting than being sent to a page that looks at nothing like the site you were just looking at, even if it is concerning the same subject. Style sheets help with saving your formatting, so each page looks similar to the rest. Avoid using too may font types. You need to also be mindful of how some fonts appear on monitors, since smaller serif fonts are difficult to read. Verdana is one of those popular fonts that is readable in all sizes and colors. Use images wisely. Bitmap images do not tend to fare well for internet use, and some GIFs do not work well with lots of color. Image size is important as well, as larger images may make your viewers have to wait for them to download. Choose smaller images, and use them sparingly to make your site more manageable. To be updated on the new website creation tricks, you should join an online forum. When joining these message boards you meet people who usually have an understanding of all the new website development technology. Without this new web design technology you could end up with a site that is completely outdated. Do not use images for your background. When you think about some of the biggest websites on the Internet, they do not have images as backgrounds. When you use image backgrounds, you represent
  2. 2. yourself as someone who is not well-versed in web designing. Images as backgrounds also cause your site to load slower, which can lead to user frustration. Make sure you think about your target audience when designing your site. Create a poll or questionnaire to find out what they need from your page. This is key to designing a good site that is tailored to your audience. Any advice from the audience is important for your website. Make sure that the font you are using looks professional, and is easy to read. Professional websites use professional fonts. Fancy fonts, such as those that look like gothic lettering or calligraphy, can often be hard to read. Other fonts, like Comic Sans, send a message that you aren't professional. In case your user's browser cannot display the font your website uses, a secondary font can be set. The results are uncontrollable and often unattractive. When you make a site, you need to be sure that the site and the content on it can be seen by everyone. It helps if you can find someone out of the country to check your site for you. This will maximize the number of visitors you receive. A good resource where you can learn some insightful knowledge is a book store. You can go to a bookstore and read books that have information on html, c+, photoshop, and dreamweaver as these are some of the key things you need to learn when it comes to being a well- knowledgable web designer. Stay with a layout that is basic and not all that confusing so that you don't confuse yourself. Do this so that you get the basics down first then try your best to upgrade to an intermediate site and from there progress to a site that is more advanced in the end. Having some unused space within your site is an excellent design feature. Do not fall under the illusion that your site should be completely filled with information. It makes your site easier to read, and your content easier to remember. Avoid adding too much content on your page that will make your site lag which can deter people from coming back to your site. You want people to have the feeling of wanting to come back to your site, not the other way around. So be sure to check your site from time to time to make sure what you add https://www.godaddy.com/design/web-design.aspx isn't lagging it up. We are all used to seeing the letters "www" at the beginning of a website address. But this well known sub-domain is not always necessary to gain access to a site. Be sure that your site works with or without this, as you could lose a lot of traffic by users who don't know that it works both ways. Site maps are an excellent piece of technology that allow users and search engines to get a
  3. 3. better view of your site's functions and layouts without extra work. Include a link to your sitemap from the homepage and leave it as simple as possible. The sitemap doesn't need fancy graphics or fonts, just layout your website and update it when needed. Add human personality to the website design. Find ways to include company logos, testimonials from clients, and any quotes from media. These small aspects add lots of personality to a website. Your business will appear better to visitors, and this is the first step to building a great customer base. Looking back on all that you learned about web design can seem a bit overwhelming. If you're feeling like this then you might want to reread these tips in this article so that you you can retain the knowledge you gained today, because all that you gained means nothing if you can't remember and apply it.