June 16, 2015
As economic times remain uncertain, many individuals are looking to start a home business on the Internet. Web design is critical to finding success online though. Keep reading to learn how to make a successful website.
Does your site pass the NoScript test? Download the NoScript extension on the Firefox web browser and activate it to see if your website can still be read. Some stuff won’t work unless there are scripts.
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.
Your site should be able to be scanned easily. Studies have shown that people usually quickly scan a website rather than thoroughly read it over, as they try to find the stuff that might be interesting to them. Emphasized text is more easily scanned and helps readers along, also better ensuring they return. Be sure important information is given top billing. This helps the visitors see the important stuff first before checking out the rest of the site.
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.
Test your website in the most popular browsers and platforms to make sure that it displays correctly. Sometimes scripts that work in one browser may not produce the same results in another browser. So you may need take extra measures, like adding a function for browser detection, in order to ensure that your website will display properly under most conditions.
To make a more attractive website, try using your own pictures. It makes you seem more friendly that way. Pictures also help to keep your visitors interested and keeps them at your site longer.
To be updated on the new web design tricks, you should join an online forum. When joining these message boards you meet people who usually have an understanding of all the new web design technology. Without this new web design technology you could end up with a site that is completely outdated.
Web design and complication are not mutually exclusive. Some techniques you experiment with may be difficult, but by understanding these tips, the process will be far less complex. This advice will prove to be of help, no matter why you are looking to get involved in web design.