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
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.
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.
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, Tahoma and Verdana.
Minimize the use of images - We
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 sites.
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
Use Tables Creatively -
Check out our article on Using Tables Creatively. Design simple
but smart web sites by just using tables in different ways. We recommend
using tables because they are plain html and therefore don't take
much time to load. As you know time is of essence on the Internet
so it really is no use designing a fantastic graphic intensive web
site that will take ages to load.
Eye Catching Graphics - Design
eye-catching graphics to make your site stand out from the ordinary
web sites. Try out some cool graphic effects - collages, feathering,
bevels etc. and design attractive headers for a web site.
Flash - Though we don't recommend
designing an entire site in Flash it may be a good idea to make
an interesting Flash intro or insert small Flash animations in important
pages of your site. Always take care to optimize your flash file.
Don't let it take too long to load!
DHTML - If you have sub menus
or complex navigation systems, use DHTML. They look neat and are
again very simple to use. Many sites offer free DHTML scripts for
menus, navigation systems, tip boxes and more. They give you detailed
instructions on how to use these scripts so it is really very easy
to install. A good site is SimplyTheBest.
Rollover Images - Rollovers are
another favorite. We try to use rollovers whenever possible - they
are extremely simple and add a bit of class to a web site. If you
don't want to use too many images that will result in a slower load
time make sure you use text rollovers.
The Bit-7 Informatics Web
1. THE BRIEF
We ask you to fill out a simple web design questionnaire which helps
us understand your needs better. This includes information on sample
sites with features, designs and colors that you like.
2. GETTING STARTED
Once we have a mutual agreement on the type of site you want, and
Some advance payment with workorder, we begin work.
3. LAYOUT DESIGN
You can rely on Bit-7 Informatics to deliver two high-quality layouts
to choose from, within 3-4 days of your order. Layouts include navigation
design, swap images, rollovers, drop-down menus, different color
combinations and eye-catching graphics. You will be shown the layouts
on a secure area of the Bit-7 Informatics website or any suitable
4. COMPLETED SITE FOR APPROVAL
Once you have chosen the layout you want, we complete the rest of
your site within 3-4 days for a 10-12 page site. So you have a completed
site that is up and running within just one week from the date you
place your order.
5. UP AND RUNNING
Once you approve the finished site and we receive the balance payment,
we upload the site to the server of your hosting company (we require
FTP details for this) and hand it over to you.
Our clients are delighted with our work and are happy to refer us
to others. We enjoy living up to their high expectations and raise
the bar higher for ourselves. So you can expect the best from us!
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