Looking To Design Your Website? Read These Tips.

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TIP! Choose the right graphic formats for your site. PNGs are currently the best standard for graphics online.

Many people create websites of their own, however improper fonts can make them very hard to read. If you know how to prevent this, you will end up with a site that anyone can read and use. This article provides many great tips on creating the proper font size.

TIP! Display a tagline in a prominent area on your page. Using a tagline simply means that you will need to come up with a quick statement that lets visitors know what your site is all about.

The graphics you use are important. Keep in mind that PNGs are much better than large and poorly working bitmap images. Consider PNG files for non-photographic images, text buttons or screenshots that require over 256 colors. If not, use a GIF. JPEG images can be used for photos.

TIP! By testing the way your website will work in different browsers, you can ensure that the maximum number of visitors see your site they way you want them to. Some things that work in Internet Explorer might not work correctly in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

Look at the site you are designing in many different browsers. What you see might not be what users will see. This means that you need to understand which browsers are most widely in use today, and check the site in each one. Have a friend or colleague pull up your site in an alternate operating system to ensure their view is comparable to your own.

TIP! Do not go overboard with graphics. Though graphics are necessary for a professional look that is well-designed, too much creates clutter.

Don’t use frames. It isn’t the 90’s anymore. Once frames were popular, but there were a lot of issues with them too. Frames make it hard for visitors to bookmark and scroll through the page. You can make something that is easier for users to use.

TIP! Make sure your website is easily scanned. Many usability tests show that most online visitors do not read everything.

Make sure the color combinations that you use on your site don’t hinder their ability to be read. Make text visible against the background hues. Using a dark text color on a lighter background is generally easier to read than the opposite. If you can’t decide if the colors are right, ask someone you know for feedback.

TIP! Retain user information so that people don’t have to waste valuable time re-typing information into forms. An example of this is if someone fills out a form to register, and then has to fill out other forms for other things.

Keep page size to a minimum. Some users have slower connections and will lose interest if a website takes too long to load. If the wait is too long, your visitors may give up and leave.

TIP! Do not work with pop-ups. There is little worse than visiting a site and being attacked by pop-up ads or newsletter sign-up boxes.

Learn your subject. If you’re going to have a blog site or something similar, you have to be sure things are done to learn about that subject before posting anything. Being unclear with customers or giving false information will drive readers away. Understanding your subject is the key to a good blog.

TIP! Try researching keywords. You need to focus on giving your audience good information, but keywords will help you gain a customer base.

Don’t add any pop-ups to your site. You’ll only annoy your visitors with this type of content, regardless of how important the information in the pop-up windows is. Every pop-up window you throw in front of your website visitors increases the likelihood that they will abandon your website in frustration. Once they leave, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be coming back.

Background Color

TIP! As you go about setting up your website, make sure that you add ALT tags to all images on the site. These tags are very important for the handicapped segment of your target audience.

White is a good choice for your page background color. White backgrounds not only make the text easy to read, but also make your site appear more professional, as white is the standard background color for corporate sites. Colors, patterns or other designs are distracting and don’t have a place on a website. It is usually best to keep a simple background.

TIP! Different types of files can be larger than others, and that can make a big difference to your website loading time. When it comes to graphics, it is normally wise to employ GIFs and JPEGS.

Make sure you design your website with older Internet Explorer versions in mind. People seem to hate this browser, but many still use older versions. Workarounds are needed because the browser is not 100% compliant with standards. In particular, learn about the famous “box model bug”, an old thorn in IE.

TIP! Be sure your website’s load times are quick and efficient. If visitors have to wait too long, they will likely leave.

Optimize your website to ensure fast load times. If a visitors has to wait long periods of time for items on your site to load, then they’ll wish to exit your site. You can do this by keeping your images and multimedia to an average size and keeping the coding simple and sweet.

A visitor counter on the page is unattractive. Visitors really don’t care how many other people have visited your site. Therefore, it is a useless feature to display.

Design Tools

TIP! Ask others around you about concepts and skills in programs such as Photoshop or WordPress. It is important to ensure that you learn as much as possible about designing your site.

Using a host’s design tools to build your website is a good idea for the basic layout, but you don’t want to rely on the design tools completely. In order to personalize your site, you will want to add features that differentiate your site from the millions of generic cookie cutter website online.

TIP! If you want to find out how to develop a website, there is no need to pay for information. It could possibly be a poor investment.

As stated above, many people create sites but they do not format it right for readers. Use the tips you’ve read here and create a site your visitors can actually navigate.

Most businesses realize they need to have a website but don’t 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 don’t 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.
You can contact me by email at:

Kevin @ E-BusinessConsultants.net

Or call me at 208-412-1848

Wishing You Success,
Kevin Weist



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