If you want to design a website as a hobby, for your business or even as your own career, a solid foundation of knowledge will help you get your foot in the door. From learning HTML to knowing search engine optimization techniques, there are many facets to web design.
Read on to find some advice which will cover all of the basics.
Keep the size of your web pages small. A lot of modern web pages are full of unnecessary elements, including huge images, Flash advertising, and lots of AJAX. Many people, especially those in rural areas and other countries with less-developed internet infrastructure, don’t have high-speed Internet and will have to wait forever for a large page to load.
Check your site in all of the different browsers. What you may see might not be what other people see. Research the different browsers that are popular and design your site accordingly. It’s also a good idea to test out your website on different operating systems.
It may look pretty, but stay away from having too many animations on your site. Having your sales splash page rotate, spin and blink may look cool to you, but it will likely drive potential viewers away. When you add too many flashy splashes like that, it makes your site look amateurish which is not the message you want to convey.
It’s a good idea to set up your site so that it can retain a copy of user information that must be entered repeatedly. For instance, people may already register with your site, and you should have it set up to preserve their information if they choose so they don’t have to register again. Developing “sticky” data like this streamlines the user experience, and your visitors will likely appreciate the convenience.
Always keep your load times under 10 seconds. Efficient sites that are well-designed need to show up in the browser for your readers in just moments. If it takes too long, a visitor is simply going to become frustrated and go elsewhere.
Research your keywords. Of course, fresh content should be your main focus, but you must also optimize your site. Knowing which keywords will help visitors find your website will help.
One thing you should always take into account when you’re thinking about web design is the latest technology that is out today. As technology advances to does the web, so be sure you are always up to date with what is changing so that you’re that much more understanding of how the web works.
It is imperative that all of your webpages have titles. Forgetting to include titles while designing your website can have disastrous consequences. The biggest reason is that it makes your website look unprofessional when there is no title, both on the webpage itself, and also on a search results page. Search engines also place heavy emphasis on titles when determining the content of your website. Remember to utilize keywords, and make your titles descriptive.
You’ve read the advice here and are ready to put it into action, so get ready to design your site! Start by sketching out a design and making lists of the content you’ll need and you’ll have your website online in no time.
Don’t forget to keep reading and learning so you’re never left behind.