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.
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.
Set up your site so that visitors can cancel actions they initiate if they change their minds. Types of such actions would include registering an email, filling out forms, or browsing your site for archives or topics. By not letting visitors cancel something that they don’t want to finish, you’re pretty much forcing them into doing something. This can harm your return visits or purchases.
Use shortcuts as often as you can. In the world of web design, shortcuts are common place. Look into them and you will discover that they can help with most things. Even HTML codes can be used to implement quick content updates.
To help you attract a more professional crowd to your site, make sure you design your site with no spelling errors. When designing the site, utilize a spell checker and if need to, a grammar checker. If you have a site with poor spelling and grammar, people will not want to do business with you because they will think it is unprofessional.
Even more important than a good looking website is one that loads fast, and that means all of your files should be small. Keeping your files small will directly affect how fast your website loads. You want your website to load very quickly when potential clients visit. You should also keep in mind that not every visitor will be using a high speed Internet connection. Test your website to ensure that it loads quickly even on a dial-up modem connection.
Minimize the amount of clicking or scrolling visitors must do to access information. The more a user has to click or scroll around to find the information they seek, the more likely they are to give up looking for it. Aim for having at least 400 words on every page of your site by combining pages that have content that falls below this number of words.
Make text easy to ready by using colors that contrast or backgrounds that are easy to read text on. When your text is harder to read because the background or text color creates eye strain or portions of text that are unreadable, site visitors are less likely to stick around.
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.