The visual element forms a basis for the popularity of a website. As a web designer, three components make up the foundation of an appealing web page. Space, line, and color are the tripod that lays the groundwork for an effective site.
The proper usage of space helps retain a viewer to the page they encounter. Highly condensed text or imagery is off putting and headache inducing. Too much air is equally vexing to the viewer. The Read the rest of this entry »
Bad website design is one of the most common reasons why new websites fail. In many cases, the source of the problem is a cluttered layout and an overwhelming amount of disorganized content. If you want to drive new users to your website and keep them coming back for more, you need to create a simple and user-friendly layout.
The best way to approach changing your website design is to start with the main page. It should be attractive but not too cluttered with graphics and text. The Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most important decisions you make about your website is the design. Your website tells your visitors what your company does. It should look professional and polished with the right design. You can find web design software that will improve the look of your website. You can also hire a professional web designer to create a new website. You must also market your website in order to make it easier for your customers to find your business.
Start by studying your competitor’s websites. Read the rest of this entry »
Designing your first website is both challenging and exhilarating. Since your website will be the foundation of your online empire, you will need to avoid the top ten mistakes of first time web designers if you want to get off to a good start.
The biggest mistake first time web designers make is to design the website for themselves, not their customers. Remember, your favorite colors and designs may not work well for the product or service you are selling. Always put the customer first. Second, keep all the pages Read the rest of this entry »
When deciding to start a website online there are many things you must take into consideration. First off you must keep in mind that it must be compatible with different computer brands, programs and software. Computer brands are never really the issue besides the fact that certain computers use different software. The main issue comes from the web browser and programs you have installed. Most CPU operating systems use 3 common web browsers which works great but if you do not have the correct software installed to cooperate Read the rest of this entry »
HTML or Hyper Text Mark-up Language is one of the languages of the Internet. Below is the basic framework of a webpage written in HTML. Each “section” is has a beginning and an ending point. The beginnings are closed in the tags <> and the endings are closed in with . As you can see below, they also follow a specific order.
The ‘html’ tag begins and ends the entire page. You could say that this is the house in which all the code lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Typography is the art of arranging type; be it type size, letter spacing or line length. By implementing a few easy tricks, your web page will go from dull and boring, to rich and entertaining.
When setting up your type, be sure to make the default font size is easy to read. If it is too small, your readers might blow past your site in favor for one where they can read the content. On the other side, if it is too large, your readers will assume your yelling; much like using all Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re thinking about going out on your own as a freelance designer, consider a few things first. Freelance is both rewarding and challenging and here are a few of the considerations you should keep in mind…
Get Wireless: If you’re considering working from home, wireless from a company like Clear 4g can make your life a whole lot easier. If you live in a Read the rest of this entry »
Web design is similar to writing, or any other artistic pursuit for that matter: it generally takes place in solitude, but it’s always helpful to have some feedback. All of the sites listed below welcome new visitors and designers, but remember community is a two-way street.
Web Design & Web Development Forum (webdevforums.com): An easily navigable web forum for web and graphic designers and SEO marketers, with a “Chillout” area for discussing off-topic subjects.
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If the headline itself didn’t give you a heads-up, this is a tongue-in-cheek guide to what NOT to do. Following these tips is an almost sure-fire way for your site to be less user-friendly, less understandable, and more likely to make your visitors finally throw their hands up in disgust and find another business.
- Make a background with lots of moving features and crazy colors that distract from the text on the page. If it’s almost impossible to read the text, that’s even better. After all, why would you want visitors to be able to read what your site is about?
- Make sure your website is packed with huge image files, especially if they don’t really relate to the topic of the site at all. This will make your site take forever to load, which will give your readers the perfect opportunity to relax after already struggling to read your text. Read the rest of this entry »