Tips And Tricks For Mastering Web Page Design

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1. Tips And Tricks For Mastering Web Page Design Do you believe that all sites are fundamentally the same? Have you ever stopped and compared Google to Facebook? The…
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  • 1. Tips And Tricks For Mastering Web Page Design Do you believe that all sites are fundamentally the same? Have you ever stopped and compared Google to Facebook? The difference between these sites illustrates the importance of web design. To understand more of website development, follow the tips in this article. Take the time to scour boards and forums for new techniques that work for others. This is how we develop our skill set and stay one step ahead of our competition who wait for things to dwindle before taking action. You can find the answer to almost any website creation question by simply searching with your favorite search engine. Test your website before it goes live. There's nothing worse then launching your new website and having to take it down right away due to bugs or other issues. Get a group of people together who are using different web browsers and computer platforms, and ask them to use a beta version of your website, writing down any issues they come across. Test your website before it goes live. There's nothing worse then launching your new website and having to take it down right away due to bugs or other issues. Get a group of people together who are using different web browsers and computer platforms, and ask them to use a beta version of your website, writing down any issues they come across. 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. Your site should be able to be scanned easily. Most visitors do not have a lot of time to spend, so they scan to see what they want to read. Emphasized text is more easily scanned and helps readers along, also better ensuring they return. On the upper area of each page, you should place your key information. This ensures your site is user friendly. Choose your web host carefully. Some hosts require you to link to them, while others may force you to install their pop-ups. You should also test their performance using one of the many tools available for free online, as you do not want to host with someone who is consistently slow or crashing. 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.
  • 2. Add a search feature to a website. When visitors come to your website, they want to easily be able to find what they are looking for. A keyword search feature will make it easy for people to find the right page on your site, especially if the website you are designing is very complex. To help you design a website that is free of clutter, do not include any scrolling text on your site. Websites that have things constantly moving back and forth on the screen is really distracting to the visitor. Not only is this distracting and annoying, it screams unprofessional and will cause your visitors to leave quickly. If you are serious about web page design, then Adobe Dreamweaver is one program you need to consider. Even amateurs can quickly get the hang of using this program. It allows you a number of templates and potential layouts, and even tests what your possible site would look like online. Read some web page design knowledge online. When you educate yourself on website creation from experts, you will create a better website. When you do not have advice from expert, you may end up with a badly designed website that people do not want to visit. Always make sure that your site design works well on every browser. Your coding might look great in Firefox, but it could be askew in Internet Explorer. You need to find out exactly how things look in all browsers and then code in a way that leaves your site looking the same on every popular browser. Basic design tools will get you started on your website, but you will want to add some custom options. You should be able to customize your website to reflect your taste and personality, so this means adding enhancements that the website builder may not offer. If you find yourself needing to create many similar pages in a subsection of your site, use one of those pages as a template. Copy the bulk of the code and then tweak it to change the content, heading and navigation menu. Reusing the master copy of your web page's HTML code will make the design simpler. Creating a visual site map for your website is important. Knowing what site you'll have on each page allows you to prepare ahead of time and to know what direction your site will take. Site maps are http://www.webdesign.org/ an excellent piece of technology that allow users and search engines to get a better view of your site's functions and layouts without extra work. Include a link to your sitemap from the homepage and leave it as simple as possible. The sitemap doesn't need fancy graphics or fonts, just layout your website and update it when needed. Some people pay for their bandwidth, especially on mobile devices, so take that into consideration when placing video on your site. You may want to stream at 5,000 kb/s, but only the fastest cable and fiber connections can handle that sort of bandwidth. Which translates into a slow video, buffering every few seconds. A great tip for web designers who want to be able to test their website thoroughly before they launch is to use XAMPP. This allows you to run PHP as well as mySQL on your own computer before your website goes live. This way, you can see if there are any kinks you need to work out. Make error pages look creative and informative. Some visitors may be confused by an error page. Design error pages that show the reason the visitor has received it, including a link back to your
  • 3. homepage so they stay on your site. Now that you've learned how to design a web site, it's time to get to work. Apply these tips as you create the layout, the navigation and develop the content for your visitors. As time goes on, you'll pick up other helpful hints so you can continue to grow your page.
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