Being your own web designer can be scary, yet fun simultaneously, and this is especially true if you don’t have much experience in this type of design. This article offers a variety of practical and relevant guidelines that can help you to develop an understanding of web design fundamentals.
Keep the size of your web pages small. A lot of modern web pages are full of unnecessary elements, including huge images, Flash advertising, and lots of AJAX. Many people, especially those in rural areas and other countries with less-developed internet infrastructure, don’t have high-speed Internet and will have to wait forever for a large page to load.
Do not use frames; that is old school. While they worked well back then, they had many flaws. Frame designs are harder for the audience to bookmark and scroll through. There are better ways to allow your users to browse your pages easily.
Avoid using frames. Most sites have abandoned frames on their own as better alternatives have become available, but there are still sites out there that are trapped in 1996. Alternatives to navigational frames include fixed-position navigation panels, having navigation in multiple areas (e.g. left and bottom) or simplifying page structure so that navigational links are never far away.
Test your website before it goes live. There’s nothing worse then launching your new website and having to take it down right away due to bugs or other issues. Get a group of people together who are using different web browsers and computer platforms, and ask them to use a beta version of your website, writing down any issues they come across.
To help you design a more professional looking site, do not include an image in the page background. A background image screams low quality site, plus these site usually take forever to load. When you are going for a more professional look, the last thing you want is your visitors waiting forever because images are still loading on your pages.
Make your front page very simple. People shopping around will immediately decide whether they will use your site or not, simply by how your front page looks. Use descriptions about your company and it’s goals.
Avoid use of too many different fonts in any one web design. You have to keep in mind how these fonts render on the computer screen; for example, small serif fonts are difficult to read. Verdana is a good font that is popular on the Internet.
Make sure the content on your website is compelling and interesting. The overall design is always important, but it’s even more important to use content that keeps visitors coming back for more. You’ll have more repeat visitors when you keep your content fresh and informative.
If you desire feedback from your visitors, design your site to include a feedback form rather than a guestbook. A feedback form lets your site visitors contact you without having anything negative be shown to everyone else who sees your site. If you have a guestbook then everyone can read both good and bad comments, something you really do not want people to see, especially when the comments are negative.
Try and write a decent “About Us” page. Too many websites use boring, generic biographies. Make it a little more exciting! Share some information about yourself, your inspiration and your web design business.
Web design is an enjoyable and interesting way to promote your business or product to your target market. It is something that when done right will be an excellent addition to your promotional arsenal. Begin utilizing the advice in this piece immediately in order to maximize your results.