Powerful Tips For A Great Website

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  1. 1. Powerful Tips For A Great Website If you've ever seen those commercials boasting about technical schools, then you already know that careers like website creation are in high demand. What you might not have known, however, is that you do not need to attend a special school or take a course to learn website development. You can pick up the skills necessary from these tips below. Keep the size of your web pages small. A lot of modern web pages are full of unnecessary elements, including huge images, Flash advertising, and lots of AJAX. Many people, especially those in rural areas and other countries with less-developed internet infrastructure, don't have high-speed Internet and will have to wait forever for a large page to load. Do not utilize pop-ups. There is http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/ not a person out there who will want to visit a website and get overwhelmed with pop-up ads. Most people will immediately leave a website that has pop-ups, even if they are on big websites. Keep your customers happy, by steering clear of these annoying ads. Is your host making you use pop-ups? Time for a new host. Be wary of web hosting companies who claim web pages design that they offer unlimited bandwidth to their customers. Usually there is something that is written in the small print that is far different than that. In many cases people end up having problems when it comes to fair use policies. In order for your website to be successful, it must work properly regardless of the browser that is used. You should therefore make certain that all of your web pages are thoroughly tested on a variety of browsers. What works in Chrome might not appear the way you want it in Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari. Therefore, check to see that all pages display correctly in all the large browsers prior to your site going live. Don't disable the visitor's right-click functionality. Some sites do this in order to prevent people from copying and pasting text or saving images from the site. The thing is, it doesn't work and disables other useful functions. OCR can be used to capture text from such sites, and grabbing images is as simple as taking a screenshot. Make sure all of your webpages actually have titles, and make sure they are descriptive. A surprising number of webpages out there are called "untitled document" or "new document". This not only denies visitors a useful piece of information to remember your site, but also absolutely destroys your SEO, since search engines weight page titles heavily when ranking sites. If you already have a particular web hosting solution that you know you are going to use, keep its limitations in mind as you design your website. For example, do not create a website that relies on specific programming languages if your web host does not support these languages. It is fairly simple to find out which technologies are supported by your web host. Make certain that your design is something that is within the limitations of your host.
  2. 2. There are many good books which can help you learn more about web design. Start out simple by purchasing books that are in line with your level of expertise, then gradually upgrade. Every page of your website should have a way to return to the main page, or "home." This ensures that when users navigate deeper into your site, they always have a way to start over if they lose place of what got them to the page they are on currently. Make use of your grammar and spell checker. Yes, some mistakes may get passed some of your audience, but it will not get past everyone. You could lose some of your audience because of this, particularly if you make mistakes frequently. Do your best to correct your grammar and spelling on your site. You want to ensure that your site is capable of being viewed on all types of operating systems and programs, ranging from browsers such as internet explorer to firefox. You also want to be sure that your site works on both windows and mac operating systems so as many users as possible can view your content. If you are looking for ideas on creating your first webpage, it would be a good idea to search for suggestions online. This is the easiest way for you to learn about designing websites. Your website will not be designed properly and folks probably won't want to be view it. If you become lost at all during your website creation process then you might want to look up videos online. You can find a lot of videos on places like youtube which give you step by step tutorials on what you should be doing during your web designing processes. When designing your website, it is a good idea not to stray too far from popular conventions. For example, most users expect that when they click on the website logo at the top of a webpage, they will be taken to the home page of the website. If your website behaves differently, it can confuse the user. In many cases, straying from such conventions can lead to a poor overall user experience. Do not add overwhelmingly large advertisements to your website. Too many ads can make visitors uncomfortable, which is exactly how you don't want them to feel. Choose content that does not take up too much space and distract people from the important information on your site, which will enhance it and make it look professional. Save some money by using free stock images on your site. These pictures are easily found online; plus, they are usually high-quality. Use the saved money to enhance other parts of your website's design. Free web hosting is not always the best bet for commercial sites; over time, it may lead to problems. Although everyone likes to hear that something is free, there really is no such thing. Though you won't pay for the hosting in dollars, your site will suffer when it is constantly crowded with advertisements that you have absolutely no control over. Besides being a distraction from the information you want to present, it can also frustrate potential customers. If you have received awards or certifications for different things, include a page or an area of your
  3. 3. "About Us" page to show off those accomplishments. It is a great way to boost the visitor's faith in your credibility. Make sure that you are completely hones about these things, as it can easily be checked and can blow up in your face if you fabricate it. 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. Because you now have more knowledge about website creation, are you more confident about your design abilities? This should be the case. If it's not, consider a review of the ideas, insights and advice imparted in the preceding paragraphs, so that you feel prepared to tackle designing a website.