Designing you own website can be an exciting prospect and an overwhelming one! There should be enough information here to get a good foothold on the knowledge you will need.
Be sure to use proper graphics when designing your website. Keep in mind how big a bitmap image is, but using PNG images work better. Use a GIF instead if the image contains over 256 colors and PNG for test buttons and screen shots. For photos, you can use JPEG images.
For multimedia presentations, take advantage of the new HTML5 standard. Although HTML5 isn’t quite as robust for animation and games as Flash, it has the advantage of working stably on mobile phone browsers, including those contained in Apple hardware. HTML5 is also quite a bit leaner than Flash, so load times will improve, as well.
We are no longer in the 20th century, so try to avoid frames. The fact is that while frames were popular in the past, they were simply one of many early techniques that were necessary then but are not today. They are the stone wheel of the Internet generation and should not be used today. Frame designs are harder to bookmark, and they make scrolling a chore. You will learn, thanks to advancements in web design, that allowing your visitors to cruise through an easy flowing site is a simple as 1, 2, 3 and visually more attractive.
Good websites must function with all browsers, and therefore you need to test each page so you know they work correctly under all circumstances. Your content may show up fine in Internet Explorer, but it may be unreadable or badly displayed in Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Before you set your site to go live, look at how every page shows up in all the major browsers.
Break up long text blocks. Having a huge wave of text is unnecessary for any site, especially when you can break it up by using images, or even separating it into different pages. Boring your viewers will only make them leave, so keep things as simple and fresh as possible.
Always mark files that must be opened in an external program with an icon. Many sites host PDF files, and less commonly, DOC files, that must be opened in Foxit Reader and Microsoft Word/OpenOffice, respectively. These files should be marked with an icon representing the file type, and a link to download the appropriate viewer if the user does not have it.
Keep your education ongoing. Websites are constantly changing, every day, and if you stop learning new things, you may find yourself falling behind the pack with your designs. Try to convince yourself to learn one new thing each day, be it programming a new background, or a simple HTML setup.
When designing a website with a lot of text, choose your fonts wisely. While serif text will work well for a title or headline, the body of the text should be in a serif font, which is easier to read on a computer screen. Try to use common computer fonts such as Times New Roman and Ariel.
To help your website function the way it is intended to, make sure all your links are working. If you have broken links then your visitors may get frustrated when they try to click on something that interests them. Frustrated visitors is not something you want because they end up leaving your site mad.
Web design is an enjoyable and interesting way to promote your business or product to your target market. When done correctly, a good website is a great add-on to give you the ammunition needed to promote your business. So begin today by incorporating some of these tips into your own web design projects and develop a successful site.