Web Design Tips
Useful Tips for Effective Web Design
Here are some essential web design tips that every web site should
follow. Design your web site by following these tips and I guarantee
that visitors will have a great first impression of your site.
- Fast Loading web site designs -
This is the number 1 tip that every web designer should follow.
You might design a web site that looks fantastic but few people
are going to see it if it takes a long time to load. Your designs
should be optimized for the web and should not take more than
15 seconds to load. Remember, you might have a great design but
very few people are going to see it if it takes a long time to
here to for 10 tips to fast-loading web pages.
- Clear Navigation - Once
a visitor has come to your site you need to make them go through
your site. To do this you need to have clear navigation. Make
sure all your important links are at prominent places. Preferably
right on top - that's usually where a visitor first looks. Make
use of menus on the right and the left. Try to link to as many
pages of your site. Let your information be accessible from all
parts of the site. You never know what a visitor may be interested
in. Try to also use the footer for your important links. Click
here for navigation tips.
- All Resolutions - Today,
there are computers with all kinds of resolution. They range from
640 x 480 to 1024 x 768 and go even higher. Your job is to design
your site for all these resolutions. The best way to do this is
to design your site in terms of percentage and not pixels. Click
here to learn how to design websites for all screen resolutions.
- Browser Compatibility - Make
sure your site is browser compatible. Your web site should look
good in Netscape as well as in Internet Explorer. Don't stop designing
your site as soon as you find that it looks great on IE. Usually
Netscape gives some problems, especially when you try doing complicated
HTML designs. But don't give up too soon, usually with patience
these problems can be easily fixed.
- Readable and professional looking
fonts - Don't ask me how many times I've clicked out of
a site just because the font is in Comic Sans and the color is
a bright pink or green. Just by looking at the font you feel that
the site is not a professional site. Don't use Comic Sans and
other fancy fonts that may not be available on most computers.
If the font you use is not available in a visitors computer the
web site will use the default font of your computer which is much
worse. So try to keep to common and professional web fonts. The
fonts that I always stick to are Arial and Verdana.
- Minimize the use of images -
I believe that sometimes simple designs are the most effective
for the web. Keep your site simple but neat. Don't clutter your
page with big, bulky images that take ages to load. Instead use
tables creatively and design eye - catching icons that will draw
a visitor's attention to a particular section of your site. Tip
- Visitors are usually more interested in content than in design.
- Use of white space - Try not
to clutter up your page with too many images, backgrounds and
colorful fonts. Again use the Keep It Simple principle by minimizing
the use of graphics and using a lot of white space. White space
gives a sense of spaciousness and overall neatness to a site.
Notice the white space in our site.
- Check for broken links - Always
check for broken links within a site before uploading it to your
web server. In Dreamweaver you can check for broken links by right
clicking on any file in the Site Files Window and then clicking
on Check links - Entire Site. If you don't have this facility
you need to upload your site and then check it using online tools
like Net Mechanic.
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