Website Design

Some things to keep in mind when working with your web designer to create your website theme:

  • Heading Structure

    Heading structure is important not only to present a clear structure to the web page but also in consideration of those using text readers and the search engines.

    Heading tags are used to define the headings in your page. There are 6 available, h1 set of heading tags being the biggest and boldest and the h6 set being the smallest.

    You should use them as you would if you were writing a book or article and not to highlight text in your page.

  • Not Designing for Most Common Screen Resolution

    As a website owner or web designer you have to take into consideration what are the most common screen resolutions for the intended target audience of the website to determine what web page width is suitable for the website.

    Have you visited a website that has a web page width too wide for your monitor or browser window? You have to use the horizontal scroll to go back and forth reading and/or looking for information on the page. This makes reading the website very hard and can be very annoying if the website has some information the visitor is interested in.

  • Website Graphics

    Web graphics play an important part in the presentation of a website.

    Using the correct type of web graphic which has been optimized for optimum download speed and web hosting space conservation will affect the performance of the website. Sites containing lots of images will be slow to load and require more web hosting space.

  • Flash Based Websites – Flash Movies

    Flash is a technology by Macromedia that creates animations, interactive websites and other fancy features that can be embedded into a web page.

    You probably have already encountered websites containing Flash movies. Some designers use Flash to create an introduction movie (also known as a splash page) or will create the whole website in Flash.

  • Uncommon Fonts

    Using uncommon fonts in your web page or website can be a problem. Windows based and Mac based computers come with different fonts installed by default.

    One problem web designers have is that they forget that the average computer user may not have the same fonts installed on their machine.

  • Effective Colour Contrast

    Have you taken a serious look at the colour scheme your website uses? Are all parts of your web page visible to everyone?

    Some times when we pick a colour scheme for our website we forget that there are people with poor vision and colour deficiencies. Even website visitors with “normal” vision can have difficulties reading a web page that has poor contrast between the colours used.

  • What is Duplicate Content?

    In our article, Website Duplicate Content, we talked about the webmaster guidelines of the three major search engines, Google, Yahoo! and MSN. In this article we will explore a little further what is duplicate content.

    Reading this article will give a better understanding about duplicate content issues and duplicate content penalities.

  • Using Javascript on Websites

    Using Javascript on websites is not a new thing. Javascript has been around for quite a while. It gained a bad reputation in the past because hackers would (and still do) include malicous scripts on web pages. Now Javascript is being used beyond the typical applications in the past with the advent of Web 2.0.

    When visiting websites or when using StumbleUpon to find more resoures to share there are a lot of websites that are using javascript that have errors. Even big company websites have these errors. How do I know? Because as a Website Developer, I have scripting error notification turned on to check my own work.

  • Disabling Right Click

    Some websites use a script to disable the right click function of the mouse (the right mouse button). Let’s look at whether it is really worth using a disable right click function.

  • Cross – Browser Compatibility

    How does your site look in any of the major browsers? Not everyone is using Internet Explorer to surf the Internet these days.

    Are you prepared to loose visitors because your site uses proprietory coding or just doesn’t render properly in all browsers? Can you afford the lost sales?

  • Does Your Website Have to be Accessible?

    Accessible websites have come to the forefront of people’s minds with legal actions being taken against websites that are not accessible. As a website owner you may think this doesn’t affect your small business, association or non profit website but it does. Let’s take a look at accessible websites beyond the buzz word accessible, the legal requirements of having an accessible website and legal repercussions if you don’t.

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One Response to Website Design

  1. andrew c Says:

    Another great tutorial! Thank you so much for taking the time and being so clear in your step by step instructions.

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