You have to remember that your website is not about what you want to see in a site, it’s about promoting your products and services efficiently. You don’t need a degree in web page design to make effective websites; you just need the right information to know what works well and what does not. Read on for suggestions that will help you take your website design to higher levels.
Functional websites work out for all visitors, regardless of their browser, so it’s essential that your website is tested across all the major platforms. If something works in Chrome it might not work in Firefox, for example. Prior to going live with your website, see how your pages look on every popular browser.
Minimize page sizes and loading times. Some users have slower connections and will lose interest if a website takes too long to load. You don’t want your visitors waiting for each page to load because they may just end up leaving.
Check your copy for broken links before you publish your page. Few things are as frustrating as clicking a link only to land on an error page. You can also check the links yourself or use a program to look.
Optimize your site for older versions of Internet Explorer (IE7 and IE8). People seem to hate this browser, but many still use older versions. Workarounds are often necessary when standard elements can’t be rendered. It is important that you are familiar with “box model bug” which has harmed IE for awhile now.
Use easy to maintain navigation throughout your site. Your placement of navigation links on your pages will determine the length of your visitor’s stay. Never forget that your design as far as ease of navigation is the most important thing you can do to retain and build traffic.
Test your website on all the different web browsers. Every browser interprets sites in their own way, and sometimes that can lead to drastic differences in the way a site appears to a user, affecting not only visual elements, but functional elements as well. A little bit of research will help you decide which browsers are used most often, at that time. Test the website on all browsers, even the popular mobile ones.
Check links carefully before you include them on your site. Make sure the links all lead to valid web addresses. Check links on a regular basis as you are designing, and make sure to perform a check before uploading your site to the server. You want to avoid broken links, because they make your visitors especially frustrated by promising certain content and then failing to deliver it. Check to be sure everything is working in order to avoid this.
While creating your website, you should not feel forced to have your website occupy the entire available space. Making use of all the pixels and space makes the site look cluttered and feel overwhelming. Leaving sufficient gaps between the different page elements will make people more comfortable. Sometimes, empty space is just as vital as actual content.
Practice as often as possible, as you begin to learn web design. Start trying out ideas as you learn them. This will help cement what you’re learning into your mind. You want to avoid believing that you have learned something only to find out at some future date that you really did not fully understand the information that was presented.
When you implement the ideas found above, you can find a number of ways to create a website that works for you. You may be surprised at how much you can do yourself using these tips. Try using this advice to make your own great web designs and boosting your business.
Most businesses realize they need to have a website but donât know how to effectively use the website to drive people into their brick and mortar business. Or how to track the ROI of their website. Most business owners donât even know where their website is hosted! And very few are using all the available means to drive customers to their website. They also are not taking advantage of the traffic they are generating to their site. I can help you with all of this.
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Wishing You Success,