For new business owners looking to operate a business online, one of the biggest expenses incurred is hiring someone to build a website. You could save money by building it yourself. Never, ever cut any corners when doing web design. The following advice will help you build a site like the professionals do.
Before going live, test your website against NoScript. The NoScript extension that is available for Firefox can be used to see if the site can still be read. Some types of content, such as product ordering systems, won’t work without scripts, however if your website looks completely blank without any scripts, you have work to do.
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.
Make sure your visitors can search for content on your website. Visitors may look for something specific, and that box will be the one of the first things they look for. If you don’t have one, they may go to another site which does. People look for these search boxes in the top right corner of the page, so place the search box in that area.
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.
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.
Preserve the personal information users submit on your site safely. Save users’ information like registration data, so it doesn’t have to be entered more than once on different forms. Creating “sticky”Ã¯Â¿Â½ information in this manner makes the whole process much more simple and smooth, and your visitors are sure to appreciate the time you save them as well.
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.
The trek from amateur to web design expert is not a short path. Expect to make mistakes and learn from them. However, using the tips above will help you come up with a design that will make customers want to keep coming back.