If you want to design a website as a hobby, for your business or even as your own career, a solid foundation of knowledge will help you get your foot in the door. From learning HTML to knowing search engine optimization techniques, there are many facets to web design.
Read on to find some advice which will cover all of the basics.
Make sure your text and background have the proper contrast. There’s evidence showing that white text on a black background is easiest for most people to read, but other colors are fine so long as they’re readable. Also keep in mind that people with visual impairments may not be able to read your site if the contrast is poor. Check to see if your site complies with various contrast standards using the tool at http://snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html .
Make sure your site passes the NoScript test. You want to activate NoScript after downloading the extension on Firefox so that you can read your site. Some things, like purchase orders, will not work unless your site contains the proper scripts.
Frames are a holdover from 90’s design elements. Though frames were of importance early on in web design, there were many flaws. Frame-based designs cause readers to have trouble bookmarking your site, and scrolling can also prove burdensome. It is simple to design your page so visitors can navigate through it.
A good website should be compatible with multiple browsers, so you should test your website in various browsers to ensure that any visitor can view it correctly. If something works in Chrome it might not work in Firefox, for example. Therefore, check to see that all pages display correctly in all the large browsers prior to your site going live.
Keep your pages to a reasonable length. Add content to new pages on your site, instead of tacking it on to the end of a home page. For the most part, readers are hesitant to keep going on a page that seems to scroll on forever. If you must have a lot of content on one page, include hyperlinks at the top and in sections throughout the page. This allows users to navigate through the available content without excessive scrolling.
Ensure people can easily scan your information. Most website visitors do not really read online content. They just scan it looking for interesting tidbits of information. Make sure your text is placed in sections, so readers can look over it quickly. It is also important that the key information is at the top of each page. Each of these things needs to be given proper attention because they are what will help keep visitors coming back to your website.
You’ve read the advice here and are ready to put it into action, so get ready to design your site! Start by sketching out a design and making lists of the content you’ll need and you’ll have your website online in no time.
Don’t forget to keep reading and learning so you’re never left behind.