Tips for Designing Your Own Website

Web design interests a lot of folks, but it requires a lot of technical knowledge to get started. You want to make your own website, but it can be disheartening knowing where to start. If you want to learn about web design but don’t know where to begin, this article has some goo strategies so you can get started:

Frames

Don’t use frames. That’s an old style, and it will make your website look outdated. Most other sites have moved on, so don’t make your website look like it’s a time capsule from 1997. Instead of using navigational frames, use fixed-position navigation panels, left and bottom navigation, or simple page structure so navigational links are nearby at all times. You want your site to look nice but you also want users to get where they need to be.

Plug-ins

You never want to use any kind of video player or image viewer that makes users install a strange plug-in. They’ll usually just leave your site for another instead of taking the risk. Always use trusted plug-ins that your users probably already have installed, like Flash.

cancel button

You want users to sign up for things, but always give them the option to back out. Otherwise they’ll feel trapped and you’ll have bad customer service Let your users have the option of canceling any action if they wish to do so. Whether filling out forms, signing up for email notices or even needing browsing options, users will find this useful. If people can’t cancel their actions, they’ll just X out of the page…and never come back.

load times

You need fast load times. If your page doesn’t load within a few seconds, users will just close it and go elsewhere. Give your viewers the instant gratification that they crave.

underline

Give your users a positive visual experience. You don’t want to confuse them. For example, do not underline words. Underlined words look like hyperlinks (clickable links). You will just frustrate your users when they try to click links and nothing happens.

content

Make your content compelling. A great looking site is no good if it has bland, unoriginal content. If visitors are able to find what they need, they will come back again at some point.

menu

Every page on your site should have a navigation menu. It should link to the main pages people will want to go, like the About Us or Contact page. You want your users to get where they want to be without having to click through a maze of nested links.

spelling

Appearance means a lot. Use a grammar and spell checker and make sure to proofread your content. You don’t want to lose some of your audience because of spelling errors. Some errors might get through, so just be sure to correct them as soon as you notice.

You should feel better about your decision to become a web designer, now that you’ve learned what it entails. New techniques are being developed all the time in web design, so strive to continue your learning! If you apply all this knowledge, then you have an easy path towards success in website design.

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