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.
The 90’s were the last time frame use was popular. Frames were popular back then but created a lot of problems. Designs on frames can make it hard for people to get your site bookmarked and they won’t like scrolling either. There are a lot of better ways to get people to go through the website you have.
Pay attention to color combinations in your design. Choose a font and color that will help your words stand out from the background. There is data that shows that people have an easier time reading dark text on a light background. The opposite is still readable, but not optimal. Ask someone to look at your color schemes to make sure you are choosing something harmonious.
Avoid cramming page elements together. Each section of your page should be naturally separated from each other, as this makes the purpose of each section more clear. The easiest way to separate sections is by using DIVs, but there are other ways, including absolute positioning (not recommended), the CSS margin command, and floats.
If you have never designed a web page, try using pre-made layouts. These can easily be found online for several blogging web sites like Blogspot or Tumblr. Having an interesting layout will draw attention to content and give the site a professional look. Just make sure your layout is appealing to your target audience!
Don’t load rich content automatically. Rich content mainly refers to music and videos, but anything other than text or graphics qualifies. Many people browse in work environments where sounds suddenly playing is a big problem. Also, many people find such rich content annoying in general. Rich content should require some interaction from the user before playing.
File types can affect the time it take for a website to load. Generally you are better off using GIFs or JPEGs for your graphics. PNG and BMP files offer advantages for web graphics, but the file sizes are too much for internet load times. Try converting images files to smaller sizes to make sure everyone that visits your site has a good experience.
Watch the amount of flashy multimedia that is on your site. Don’t overdo it with a bunch of “extras”. Flash graphics and multimedia may appear enticing, but these may make it difficult for visitors to find the desired information from the site, particularly if they’re viewing your site from a non-Flash compatible device.
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.