Building your own website from sketches to published product can be both gratifying and daunting endeavor. The following tips should give you start on the road to success.
Look at your site you are designing in many different browsers.What you’re seeing in one browser may not necessarily what others see on other browsers. Research all the commonly used browsers that are popular and design accordingly. You will also want to send your site to someone that’s using a variety of different operating system so you can see that their browser is compatible with yours.
Pictures help your site seem more user-friendly. People will take more time browsing your site and looking at the pictures.
Have a visible tagline. Your tagline lets others know more about you or your business. This will give the visitor a quick first impression of what you’re about.
Your site should be optimized to handle older versions of web browsers such as Internet Explorer. Many people are still use old IE versions. Workarounds are often necessary when standard elements to be visible in IE.
Use conditional loading and CSS pages when creating your site.These methods will make it easier to test and maintain your site. You do not want to have an easy time making changes and doing the inevitable maintenance you’ll need on your site in the future.
Make sure all your links that could possibly be broken. The best time to do this is just before you FTP the page and take it live. This can be critical, as visitors who click on your links expecting useful information, only to find a 404 page, they will stop going to your website.
Let visitors search throughout your website. When visitors want to find something, they are going to search for your search box. When one is not available, chances are they will move to a site that is searchable. You should put this search box on the top of your page, preferably the right side. This is where many visitors look for it.
Newsletters are helpful to both beginning designers and professionals alike.
Begin by creating smaller websites that allow you to gauge your strengths and weaknesses, so you can see your strengths and weaknesses before starting a major site. Begin by making a few very simplistic pages that offer just basic text, (just text for the most part) and see how it goes.
From the suggestions outlined in the above article, you should now be all set to tackle the design of your web site. You are ready to set a budget, look for more good advice, and start making notes on what you want out of your site. If you use these tips, you can design a great website without having to spend a lot.