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Friday, 25 January 2013

Growing As A Web Designer To Be Better


As a web designer myself, I can say that learning as much as I could from experts was how I got started. I looked at their sites, checked out their code, and even borrowed from their designs. Today there is a great deal of information available to help you get into the game, and this article is a great place to start learning. If the design of your website needs to be mobile friendly, keep in mind that mobile devices have smaller screens and limited bandwidth. To account for smaller screens, you should try to design your website as a single narrow column so that the user only needs to navigate vertically, as opposed to both horizontally and vertically. Limited bandwidth means that you should be extra concerned about your file sizes. You can also opt to create a separate version of your website specifically for mobile devices. The number one tip for web designers is that you must keep the pages simple enough to load quickly. They make look nice when you add a bunch of extra scripting to them, but if they take too long to load, your visitors are going to get tired of waiting and leave. Graphics and various media are great for your site and help keep the attention of the viewers, but don't load every page from top-to-bottom. Pages that are extremely heavy with media will consume bandwidth on yours and the viewer's network, which often leaves both parties suffering. Include graphics when they are relevant and do your best to minimize bandwidth consumption. Web design is an always changing business and you need to take the time to learn everything you can about the changes when they happen. When new information is released, it is your responsibility to learn the information so that you can put it to good use for your clients. You should ask previous clients about their experience with the company you are hiring to do the web design for your website. You need to be sure that the company offered good customer service. If anything arises that requires changes you will want to be doing business with a company that has great customer service and not one that has poor customer service. In order to be good at web design make sure that you learn as much information from different people as you can. You want to do this so that you are diverse in many different areas and are able to work on a website of any type for just about anyone. Pay attention to your background colors and your text colors when designing a site. Something like red text on a blue background doesn't work well. And if you think that white text will pop with a black background, it could be a little too bright for your readers. Go with something subtle. It is always good to add a favicon to your website. The favicon is a 16x16 image file in the .Ico format. This image is the one you see next to the URL bar, next to the title of the page on an opened tab and is also visible on your bookmarks tab if you choose to bookmark a page. The favicon will help users quickly recognize your page in their browser without reading any text or directly viewing the page. Now that I've been designing websites for over a decade, I feel that I can give some advice back. Use the tips in this article, continue learning as much as you can, and stay on top of trends to ensure your websites stand out in the crowd. If I can do it, anyone can!