Are you itching to excel at web design? Are there many goals on your plate, but your lack of knowledge in web design is keeping you from them? If this is the case, you are going to find this article quite helpful in learning some things about designing a good website.
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.
Give your visitors the ability to search your site so that they can more easily find what they are looking for. If someone cannot find what they are looking for right away, their next thought will be to look for a search field. Put this somewhere obvious and include a search button.
To help you design a site that is easy for people to read all the information, make sure the pages are not too wide. If the pages are not too wide then they will fit on most people’s computer screens. If the page is too wide, then part of your valuable information could be left off the page.
Make sure that all the files on your website are small in size. You need these small file sizes regardless of the overall design of your site. This is because file sizes are directly correlated with load times. It is always better to have your website load as fast as possible. You should remember also that some visitors may not use an Internet connection that is high speed. Continue to test your site to make sure it will load quickly, even with a dial-up connection.
Use breadcrumbs and make it so that clicking on the site logo returns you to the homepage. Breadcrumbs are markers that show where the visitor is in the site structure. For instance, the breadcrumbs might read “home > furniture > beds.” When the user clicks a link in the breadcrumbs, he can return to a page further up in the site hierarchy. Clicking on a business logo should generally take the visitor back to the homepage as well.
Whilst development platforms can be helpful as they create your web code for you, some of them can be very unreliable, and you may actually find using a generic text editor is a better option. The goal of a platform is to design the features you want in a site, then you simply paste the code that was generated into your own site. To minimize errors and work with the code in a more hands-on way, choose a standard text editor.
Become familiar with photoshop as much as you can if you are just starting out with web design. You want to be as diverse with a lot of programs as possible and photoshop is crucial towards becoming a pro at web design. So learn this program and get ready for others as well.
Now that you are more informed on web design, do you think you can build a site? Use what you’ve learned in the article above, to build a killer website.