It is tempting to go all out and think that you can be a professional in web design. The fact is that few people are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to really get good at this field. Those who do make huge profits, though, so it is worth it in the end. Read on to find some tips to take you to the top of your game!
When you are designing a website, it is important to have proper spelling and grammar. In addition to running spell-check on your content, ask a friend or co-worker to proofread everything. Having good spelling and grammar on your website will help give it a professional feel and your visitor will be more likely to return.
If you want your website to attract many visitors, it must be simple to navigate. Display links prominently so that they can be easily found. You can also improve your website’s navigation by using simple menus. Link back to the homepage from every other page on your site; this makes it far easier for users to get around.
Check for broken links before publishing your web page. People will become frustrated if they a link leads them to a broken page. You can do manual checks or seek out a program that will do a scan and give notice of broken links.
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.
Use ALT tags whenever possible. These helpful tags describe an image to a viewer, assisting the visually impaired, as well as those who prefer to browse without images. As an added bonus, some search engines include these tags in their rankings, so you may get a boost by using them.
Avoid creating user interface (UI) controls that mislead your visitors. These controls include elements, widgets and more that create an interactive experience, such as a link, drop-down list or button. You do not want to make visitors think that clicking on an underlined word or phrase for example, will lead to a new page if it is not actually linked to something else. When your visitors have expectations of something working a certain way and it does not, they are more likely to assume there is something wrong with your site and leave.
By now, you should have a better feel for what it takes to create a well-designed webpage. Hopefully you can use this information to your advantage. No matter if you profit through designing websites or design your own website for your business, knowing how to make an attractive and effective web page can help you become profitable.