Web Design Tutorials
Website Planning Overview When you decide have a website for your business or personal interest there are a number of things you have to consider before you start actually building your site.
- Purpose of Website Why are you building this site? -Sites Built to Make Money - Sites Built to Share Information - Sites Built for Family and Friends
- Target Audience What is your target audience? Technology - Will your visitors have the latest greatest computer equipment, updates, operating system and software?
- Website Technologies What website technologies do I need?
- Webspace Hosting What Type of Hosting Package do I Need? - Webspace storage, features and traffic
- Website Budget Website Budget Considerations - When creating your budget seriously consider your time investment. Instead of doing all or any of the following yourself would your time be better spent marketing or producing your product.
- Anatomy of a Web Page A description of the basic structure of the anatomy of a web page. Page title, URL, file name, header, footer, navigation, web page content are all parts to the anatomy of a web page.
- Incorporating a Flexible (Liquid) Design How your web page appears in the browser depends on a number of factors
- Website Graphics Using the correct type of web graphic which has been optimized for optimum download speed and web hosting space conservation will affect the performance of the website.
- Flash Based Websites - Flash Movies Pros and cons of using flash based websites and imbedding flash movies into websites.
- Heading Structure - Heading Tag Heading structure is important not only to present a clear structure to the web page but also in consideration of those using text readers and the search engines.
- Image Alt Tags A lot of websites do not use the image alt attribute or use it incorrectly. So how do you use the image alt attribute properly?
- Effective Colour Contrast Some times when we pick a colour scheme for our website we forget that there are people with poor vision and colour deficiencies. Even website visitors with “normal” vision can have difficulties reading a web page that has poor contrast between the colours used.
- Does Your Website Have to be Accessible? Accessible websites have come to the forefront of people’s minds with legal actions being taken against websites that are not accessible. As a website owner you may think this doesn’t affect your small business, association or non profit website but it does.
Web Design Mistakes
Website design mistakes affect the usability, credibility and success of your website.
- Uncommon Fonts Using uncommon fonts in your web page or website can be a problem. Windows based and Mac based computers come with different fonts installed by default.
- Not Designing for Most Common Screen Resolution As a website owner or web designer you have to take into consideration what are the most common screen resolutions for the intended target audience of the website to determine what web page width is suitable for the website.
- Website Duplicate Content Duplicate content is such a hard concept to convey to people who want a website. For some reason just because other people do it they just don’t understand why they cannot. What is Duplicate Content
- Disabling Right Click Some websites use a script to disable the visitor using the right click function of the mouse (the right mouse button). Let’s look at whether it is really worth it.
- Internet Explorer 7 Has Been Released Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7 today (October 18, 2006), have you checked that your website is still working properly?
- Improving Download Speed Download speed is affected by a number of things.