Thursday, 18 August 2011

The Do’s and Don’ts Of Web Designing That You Should Know

There are a lot of things that one can do and there are also a number that one can’t or shouldn’t do when designing a web page.  To cut things short, here’s a little rundown on things you can and cannot do in website building or designing.

The Do’s:

  • Keep it Simple but Elegant – Making your site just below 50 kilobytes of simple graphics and important content assures users of a smooth and     hassle- free surfing.



  • Organize your Navigation Buttons – be consistent in placing navigation buttons on the same area in different pages. Doing so will enable users to locate the functions faster and scroll with the page a lot more easily.



  • Bullet important things – this is similar to what I am doing now - I am making use of bullets in pointing out important things to be remembered. Most likely, users will read the text with the bullets first knowing that it means something.



  • Check links – if you do have links in your site, make sure that they are working correctly.  Its quite annoying and bothersome to click on useless buttons.



  • Use Simple Text – a lot of users want a fresh, clean and easy to read site to keep them going for a long time. Arial, Verdana and Tahoma are good examples. Use Bold and italics with caution. Keep it readable!



  • Keep it Standard – use features standard to all users, so users won’t have to install some plug-ins to open your site. Examples are flash and javascript. Use web-safe colours – and that would be the 216 colours.



  • Good Layout – keep everything structured and organized. Finding your research all in one page saves a lot of time and most likely will earn you a  keep “Tab” or “add to Favourites” command from your users.



  • Know your customers – knowing what kind of users you want to attract will help you to determine the content of your page, may it be a blog or media site.



  • Emphasis on the right Buttons – don’t you just love to push button?  So, place them where it counts – and this is where everyone can see it easily. There’s this one email site where I had a hard time finding the sign-out button, imagine if the next user had access to email because it wasn’t logged-out.  It could spell out a lot of trouble for you.



  • Update – keep things always fresh for users to be continually interested.


 

The Don’ts:

  • POP-UP messages -  I think everybody would agree to this. Its just plain old annoying everytime you scroll down or watch a movie, a pop-up ad just comes out of nowhere to cut your enjoyment, slow down your momentum & waste your energy and time on additional mouse clicks on the close button.



  • Background Sounds- It may give you a cool or creepy mood, depending on your theme, but it will take a lot of your loading time when accessing your page since it’s a big file. Put it in when it’s absolutely necessary or put a link that redirects you to a media site.



  • Useless Redirecting. Another let down to web surfers. It will take additional time to load a new page, and perhaps may or may not be the one that the user is looking for.

  • Too Much Graphics – add it when you really need it, otherwise, loading a webpage for more than 8 seconds is what we call nowadays as wasting time. Keep pictures small, about 72dpi and not more than 544 for the largest pictures.



  • Visitor Counter – again, you don’t really need the extra loading time just to brag about how many people came to your site, your page or your useless blog.



  • Frames -  its much more easier to load and simpler to use, just scroll up and down and the content is all there.



  • Long pages – truthfully, nobody like’s to read long pages like a license agreement with fine print. Keep it at most, 3 pages long.



  • Distracting backgrounds – no need to lure users with fancy pictures. Just stick to your goals and go with simple catchy one liners instead.



  • Too Much Color – your not making a rainbow, your making a website for a hundred users whose tired eyes is sick of watching irritating and psychedelic colors for another minute.


 

These are just some of the do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind when building or designing your own web site.  In the long run, what is essential is that you are able to build that site which will allow you to do what you have always longed to do, with minimal hassles - and with maximum success!

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