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Webpage designing tips and more

By Staff
           

Designing a web page is not as difficult as it seems. However, there are several key things to remember when designing your own web pages. If you know HTML (hypertext markup language) you can write your own code for web pages and specify content, color, font size etc. in the code. You can control the look of the pages this way. If on the other hand, you are going to create your pages using a software package or web page building tools your selection may be limited. Either way, the first thing that you need to do is document a plan of action.

Defining Your Requirements

Before you even begin to create your web pages you need to do some planning. You need to consider their appearance, content, placement of graphics, tables or keywords. The best way to do this is to put your ideas down on paper.  Plan for all your requirements and document them. You may have multiple pages of the plan each unique but showing the sequence of pages which makes it easier to link them later on. Once you complete this process you will be able to get a good idea of how your pages will turn out.

Know Your Audience

Writers learn early on to “know their audience” before they write. This is because they need to make sure that their topic is of interest to a particular group. The same holds true for web page creation. You need to keep in mind “who” you are trying to reach before you create your pages. For instance, you wouldn’t create web pages that had to do with aquariums and expect to target an audience of carpenters. Every aspect of creating your website will come from defining who your audience will be.

Accessibility/Navigation

One of the biggest frustrations for people who visit your site is not being able to find what they want. They want easy access to other pages on your site. You need to make sure that you give them the accessibility that they want or they will leave. Ease of use has to be a priority when creating web pages. People need to be able to access information as quickly as possible. It is also important to keep a “home page” link on every page so that your visitors can always get back to their starting point.

Speed

The content of your web page has as much to do with how fast your pages appear on screen (load), as does how fast the Internet connection is. If you load your web pages with too many graphics or files that are too large in size, you will literally bring your pages to a loading speed that is slower that a turtle crossing a street.

Font/color & Background color

When choosing colors for the fonts and background of your web pages, you need to consider your audience again.  Use colors that will appeal to them on an emotional level. Determine the colors that you think would best be suited to them. For instance, if your site is targeting new mothers, then you may want to consider pastel colors of pink, blue and purple. These are colors that will attract them. Once you know your target audience, think about them as a whole and try to figure out what colors would best be associated with them.

Fonts Sizes & Types

Be selective when choosing the size font and type when creating the content of your web pages. Don’t use huge fonts, all capital letters or bold type throughout the pages. The most popular and the easiest on the eyes are Arial, Serif or Times New Roman. The Serif font works better for smaller text while Arial and Times New Roman work better with larger text such as headlines. You will need to be careful when mixing fonts; it’s all right to do it, but beware of the different viewing effects this will have. Arial and Times New Roman also work very well with all browser types, while Serif will not. Use bold fonts for headers and to highlight important words. Use colored text sparingly and only when you want to achieve and want to achieve a response from your viewer. Never use Italics in your text, they don’t view well and have no value. Use bullet points to get to the point and add drama to your text.

Headlines

The other single most important thing that you need to make sure that you have is “attention getting” headlines. This is your opportunity to grab the attention of your visitors and entice them to read on. No one will read anything else that you have on your page if the headline doesn’t catch the attention of your viewer. Put some thought into creating the perfect headline that directly relates to your what your site is all about. Keep them brief and to the point, but make sure it has the power to trigger excitement.

Graphic layout

When placing graphics on your web pages make sure that the files are either a GIF (graphic Interchange Format) or a JPEG (joint photographic experts group) file. A GIF file is compressed and displays graphics independent of the hardware or the screen where it is displayed. When putting shapes, lines, backgrounds, buttons, or any graphic that has only a few colors, a GIF file is best. A JPEG file compresses full color images. JPEG files are best suited for pictures. Be careful of the size of your GIF or JPEG files, the larger the size, the slower your web pages will load.

Closing

Designing web pages can be as simple or complex as you make it. If you remember to start with a documented plan defining your requirements and target your audience correctly, everything will fall into place.

 

Web Publishing

Building Your Web Page

 The most important thing that you need to do after you select the software/tools that you will use to create your web pages is to take sufficient time to plan your pages. Poor planning in the beginning will result in poor quality web pages. You need to design your web page layout on paper first so you can see the format and content ahead of time. It will save a lot of time and revisions if you know before hand what you want your web pages to look like.

 Make a list of each type of page that you want. For instance: Home page, resume page, picture page, business page and so on. Also make a list of what you would like the content of each to look like. Once your pages are created, you will need to consider “publishing” them to the Internet. After all what good is all your hard work, if no one else gets to see it.

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