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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Web Design Tips That Make You A Smarter Site Designer

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.
Before you publish any web page, check it carefully for broken links. Nothing is more frustrating to a visitor than clicking on a link and being taken to an error page. You can check your links manually, or there are programs that will scan your site for you and report any broken links.

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.

Proofread all of the content on your site so that you don't look like you rushed through it. You want people to breeze through it. When you have errors on your site it really looks unprofessional and people won't take you or your site seriously which can hurt it's reputation.

Allowing guest content on your site is a good idea, but never, ever let someone else get into your server to post it! You need to receive the content via email. A lot of amateur site designers actually allow people to access their host's server. Even if this doesn't lead to theft, it's still a really bad idea.

Use good software to help you with each aspect of designing your site. Software does not need to be expensive, or cost anything at all, for that matter. Check out the variety of free, open-source software available to you, including GIMP, Audacity, Skype, FoxItReader, and more. The quality of your pages will benefit from all the tools at your finger tips.

Try to make sure that any music or pictures that you're linking to is hosted on your own web server. Do not hotlink to any other website images. This can be construed as bandwidth theft and it could put you in violation of a copyright too. It's not worth the risk.

Limit the amount of content you start out with on a given page to small amounts when you first start out. You don't want to add a bunch of stuff that is going to fluster you because this can make your visitors confused as well when they come visit your site.

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 learn how to create your first webpage, you should read about tips and tricks online. Educating yourself on web page design from experts online is the quickest way to learn how to build a quality website. Without the proper education from a skilled expert, you will end up creating poorly designed web pages that nobody will want to see.

Include a link to the homepage on every page of your site. One of the best ways to do this is to make a graphic title for your page that can be included on all pages. Web users are used to clicking on a graphic to return home so there won't be a learning curve to navigating your site.

Make sure your website uses a consistent font throughout. Some websites change fonts willy-nilly without any design reason to do so. This makes the content difficult to process for visitors. Most websites, especially business websites, will do just fine sticking to basic fonts like Arial, Veranda, or even Times New Roman.
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!