A lot of people say that designing websites is extremely challenging. However, this is only a true statement for people who are not armed with the right knowledge or advice on web design. This article contains a number of pieces of advice to help you on your way to designing on the web with ease.
It is always good to add a favicon to your website. The favicon is a 16×16 image file in the .Ico format. This image is the one you see next to the URL bar, next to the title of the page on an opened tab and is also visible on your bookmarks tab if you choose to bookmark a page. The favicon will help users quickly recognize your page in their browser without reading any text or directly viewing the page.
Do not use frames; that is old school. Once frames were popular, but there were a lot of issues with them too. If you use frames, visitors may find it difficult to add your site to their favorites,and scrolling is problematic. There are much easier ways to provide your users a flow through your website.
Always mark files that must be opened in an external program with an icon. Many sites host PDF files, and less commonly, DOC files, that must be opened in Foxit Reader and Microsoft Word/OpenOffice, respectively. These files should be marked with an icon representing the file type, and a link to download the appropriate viewer if the user does not have it.
Whoever your target audience may be, loading time ought to be under ten seconds. It is best if the page fully loads in just a few seconds. Most visitors want things to happen quickly and easily. If you don’t offer that to them, you will lose many opportunities.
To help you design a more professional looking site, do not include an image in the page background. A background image screams low quality site, plus these site usually take forever to load. When you are going for a more professional look, the last thing you want is your visitors waiting forever because images are still loading on your pages.
Provide a navigation menu on every page of your site. While this menu does not have to link every single page of your site, as this could be an exhaustive list if you have a very large site, it should provide links to the main pages. This ensures that your visitors do not have to return to the home page and start completely over when it is not necessary.
Organize your links and avoid putting too many links in one area of your site. Doing this can confuse visitors and make them leave your site. If you do have many low- to mid-importance links, emulate the “blogrolls” seen in many blogs and tuck them away in a column on the right side of the page.
As this article previously mentioned, designing websites is perceived by many to be a challenging endeavor. However, web design becomes much easier for people who have the best knowledge and information on how to design websites as efficiently and creatively as possible. Apply this article’s tips, and you’ll be designing websites in no time!