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Accessible Web Design

The importance of accessible web design lays in the fact that a lot of these helpful products will not be fully effective unless the websites are designed to be accessible.

Using accessible web design London based companies and others around the UK have found that rewards outweigh the costs. Companies using accessible web design have the knowledge and comfort that they are providing useful alternatives for people with special requirements. They also have the added benefits of increasing their potential customer base, as customers with disabilities will be more receptive to companies that cater to their needs.

We have established the importance of accessible web design across the globe but the most important factor is how daily tasks we take for granted, can be carried out with relative ease giving the user peace of mind and independence. With the Internet being the most used information resource for people from all walks of life it has become necessary to provide people with disabilities the equal opportunities of accessing information and people at the touch of a button.

Fast becoming an integral part of building a website, accessible

Website Design Disasters

Outdate Information, Broken Links, and “Under Construction”. There is nothing more frustrating than sifting through out-dated websites when you’re in search of current information. Or clicking on a link that you hope leads to the answer to your question, only to discover that “This Page Cannot Be Displayed” or that the domain name is for sale.

Only slightly less annoying are messages informing you that the page is currently under construction or is “Coming Soon”. If it’s not here yet, don’t waste your visitor’s time leading them down dead ends.

Solution: Schedule at least a day a month scouring your website for outdated information and broken links. You can also include a link on your website that allows visitors to report broken links or outdated information. As far as “Under Construction” messages, instead announce to your visitors any upcoming changes or additions to your website. They’ll be glad to know it without getting their hopes up, clicking a link to much sought after information, and being told it isn’t available yet.

Hard to Find Contact Information. It’s

Web Site Builder Tools

Online website design tools are just programs written by people, they cannot think, they cannot make recommendations or tell you that some element in the design you are creating is not going to be best for you. These programs will do exactly what you tell them to do so unless you are an experienced website design professional you will probably be in trouble and besides if you were a website design professional you would not be using a tool like this.

Is your competition using some online website builder? If you think so then think again. How will you expect to outsell or out rank your competition on the search engines if you are driving a Volkswagen and they are driving a Ferrari? It’s just not going to happen.

What is the difference between online website design builder tools and Content Management Systems or CMS? A lot! The online website design builder tools are for designing the layout of your site, the code behind your site and the elements that will make your site usable by your visitors and

Cardinal Rules of Web Design

One of the most important cardinal rules of functional, good web design, is if you have to explain how your navigation works… it’s a good sign you don’t have good navigation. Web site navigation should first above all, function, cause if it does not function it is useless and people will not stay on a web site for more than a few moments if they cant navigate easily. Make your navigation simple and elegant, don’t waste peoples time and patience with a bunch of useless Flash animation or disappearing links.

Have a clear naming or “branding” of each section of your web site. Don’t confuse your visitors. Let them know what section of the site they are in at all times because what is common sense to you, will certainly not be common sense to everyone else. All of us are, after all, individuals and we all think differently about each situation.

Audio, please oh please if you absolutely MUST insist on putting audio on your site, at the very least please provide a way to turn it off. There is nothing more annoying than audio on a page that you can’t stop. I just leave

Banner Design Techniques

Simple integrated design

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin first introduced their product, “Google”, to potential investors, they mentioned AdWords as a backup option in case they didn’t make any money. We all know how lucky they were that they eventually needed to use that backup plan. What made these “boring” ads such a great success?

Unlike other ads, AdWords neither arouse the visitor’s curiosity nor disturb the main flow of the web page. In fact, the opposite is true. AdWords are meant to look like part of the search results giving the user the feeling that those ads are there because he asked for them. No one has any doubt that this simple design helps Google to promote both their search engine and the AdWords advertising program.

Take part in the action

Banner designers wisely used interactive technologies like Flash to develop type of banners that invite the user to take part in the action. Drawing the user into the action can be accomplished in many creative ways. Some web designers use popular old games elements as part of the scene. You all know the famous game pacman. One of the banners that

Design for Speed

Tables are frequently used among web designers for creating an attractive and effective site. However, rarely do web designers create new tables for the different segments of their content. Instead, they simply divide the cells into which they will be placing their content – the lazy road. While this may work very well if there are very few images – or no images at all – on your website, if this is not the case, then you will only be convincing your visitors to leave before they’ve even touched what your site has to offer them.

If your site has several images or is quite intense in its graphic usage, consider using separate tables for dividing your content. The reasons for this are many, but straightforward.

The first reason you should split your content among several tables can be explained by understanding the way that internet browsers read tables in a web site. Within a standard HTML site, the browser will display the text and the images as they load. However, when tables come into play, the browser will wait until the entire page has loaded before any of its contents are displayed within your visitor’s

Design for Web Content

The most important part of your website is the content itself. You have something to say, and you must make sure you say it, or all your effort has been wasted. But there’s no point in just regurgitating a few paragraphs of marketing hype – web users are surprisingly savvy, and they can see through that in an instant; an instant in which they will have hit the back button and moved on down the list of search results.

You need to find out what people are looking for, and give it to them.

Do some research; think about which terms you would use to search if you wanted to buy your product, and then look them up. Have a look at who your competitors are, and what they are doing. Research on Wordtracker and see if there are any other keywords you could try.

Then use your imagination. Think about why people might be looking for your product and write for them. If your site advertises a skiing hotel in Switzerland, don’t just advertise for ‘hotels in Switzerland’, provide useful articles about skiing, and then point them to your hotel in the middle of

Web Design Usability

1. Set goals and know understand the objective of your web design

What is it trying to achieve?

Wow the audiences?

Design a simple web user interface?

2. Design Consistency

Many web pages has more than 10 types of fonts with 20 types of sizes. Ever seen this type of web design?

Use CSS to help maintain a consistency through out your web design.

3. Font Type

Use readable font for your audiences. After all, you are trying to let your audiences understand about this web site that you have designed.

4. Important information at the top of the page

While if important words are positioned at the top of web pages, it helps in SEO, this is not the main factor. You want to convey your message immediately when the page loads.

5. Links

Make sure your links is clearly visible. Do not use the same text and font and color for links.

Great Design Elevates Web Sites

Reading broadcast and the Internet

Try this at home. Turn your TV to a news channel like CNN or MSNBC and mute the sound. Do the visuals communicate without sound? News channels rely heavily on graphics and visuals to tell their stories. The same is exceedingly true for the Web. The only exception is that the Web is user driven. That means your Web site visitor must click and navigate around your Web site to browse its information.

Does your navigation “read” well? Do your photos and graphics communicate quickly and clearly? If not, your site may be getting passed over by disinterested visitors.
Design is all around us. It permeates our lives from the subliminal to the intentional. The keyboard you’re typing on and the mouse you’re clicking were first developed and conceived by an industrial design team. The chair you’re sitting in was developed by an ergonomics design team. The box your chair was shipped in and its printing was developed by an advertising packaging team.

Design is critical to successfully selling your product to the public. Your Web site is literally your storefront or advertisement to the world. Make sure it’s designed

Screen Resolution Friendly

The reason for this is that many older monitors – frequently VGA monitors – have a maximum of 640×480 pixels that they will support. There area also many visitors to your website who have older video cards. This means that no matter how good their monitor and your website, they simply will not be able to handle higher resolutions. You will need to keep this in mind when you are creating a web design for a large target audience. After all, you will want the maximum number of people possible to be able to easily and clearly read and view your website.

So why is it that web designers continue to write for such large screen resolutions – such as 800×600 and 1024×768 when it means that they’ll be sending so many people away from their sites due to the inability to read them or being frustrated from having to scroll sideways all the time? Actually, there are quite a few reasons to explain this web design pattern. For one, there are likely quite a number of web designers who don’t even realize the issue that they are creating. Similarly, there are those web designers who don’t

Design Conventions

The design conventions for websites are simple, but they are effective. To follow these conventions, designers should ensure that their logos function as links to the home page; that clicking on a small image will display a larger version of that image; that all links lead to HTML documents unless they are clearly labeled as some other format (PDS, movie, etc.); that items are purchased by adding them to a virtual shopping cart and then taking them through a virtual checkout process. Website identity checks should always be accomplished through a system that relies on user names and passwords. These are just a few of the conventions. There are many others.

If a website does not follow these rules and conventions, visitors become annoyed, frustrated, and confused. People will leave a website in a heartbeat if it makes them work too hard to navigate it.

There are situations in which the common website design conventions may be ignored. One such situation is if a site is so unique that what it offers is worth the time to learn how to use it. When Google introduced its Gmail product, the first webmail service in the world that

Quality Text Layout and Design

On the web today there are many web sites with a cluttered design. The amount of text that is gathered in one place is too big, therefore it’s more difficult to read and focus on text phrases.

If you separate coherent text in boxes, then you hekp the reader to read more easily. Make space between text boxes. Always use a text font size that is not smaller than 10. Organize the text with headings. Make headings with a bigger font size than the body text and you may use a different font.

It’s recommended that you use borders in black around the text.

It should be easy for the eye to focus from one group of text to another.

If you follow these guidelines, then you will be able to read faster and the eye will be less strained. You will be rewarded by spending more time on the text design and layout of your site.

Lars Nielsen is the creator of a web site with home businesses opportunities and valuable resources for Internet marketing. He has been involved with graphic design 12 years. He also has strong experience with

About Consistency In Web Design

If objects with similar functions are grouped together, its function will be easily understood and remembered. When designing an interface, it is important that all similar tools used for navigation and accessing information should stay consistent. The webpage font, style, colour, layout, mouse over effects should also stay consistent. When the user clicks a link, he must recognize the connecting page is similar to the previous one, failing to do so will make the user confused and will prompt him to visit other websites.

If there are sound or animation used in navigation, the sound and animated effect should stay the same in all pages. For example, if an animation is turned on by clicking a flash button, it should be done the same way in the rest of the webpages.

One method of ensuring consistency is to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). By defining standard style properties in another document, it is possible to achieve the same look and feel to all your webpages that use the same style sheet. A style sheet, for example, can be used to make the text on every page 12 pt Verdana, all headings (h1) orange..etc. If the style

Ideal Web Design Firm

Plan Your Budget

Choosing a web design firm often comes down to money in the end. You may not be able to afford the very best firm in the industry, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose the worst either. Before searching for a web design firm, decide exactly how much you would like to spend and how much you can spend. Your plan should provide you with the ideal cost and with what you would be willing to pay if the perfect company’s services cost a little more.

Create a Timeline

How long do you have to put this site together? If you only have two weeks, then you need to find a company who can effectively deliver the product in two weeks. You may have to sacrifice features to finish so quickly, but you need a company who can deliver on time.

If you have months to put together a site, then choose the best company for the job. If you have the time to create a sensational site, and if you have the money to back it up, create the best site possible. Just know that if you say you

Web Design Mistakes

  • Do not underline words unless they are a link. It is a design standard to underline links. If you underline other words on your web page that are not links, viewers will click them. When they don’t go anywhere, it will lead to confusion. Make it obvious what is a link and what isn’t.
  • Use a font without serifs. Serifs are the little lines at the end of letters that make them easier to read in print. On a computer screen, however, sans serif fonts like Arial and Verdana are actually easier to read and lead to greater comprehension of your message. For example, this is serif and this is sans serif.
  • Optimize your graphics for the web. If the file size of your pictures is too large, they will take too long to load and most users won’t stick around to see them. Pictures can be optimized with only slight changes in overall quality.
  • Put the navigation for your web pages on the top or left hand side. This is where most users automatically look to find them. Don’t stick it on the right just to be different. This is not where people’s eyes go to look for

Revenge Ugly Website

A Burning Man’s Weird and Ugly Website

Burny and his best friend Nona have built a website to tell his life story to the world. Burny is afflicted with a mysterious chronic burning disease that causes parts of his body to ignite at random. Burn scars constellate his body. He walks with a limp. He is too mortified to be with people. Some even call him a freak. Then he discovers that the flames killing him little by little have miraculous healing powers. His life has never been the same again, especially after going online.

But now Burny and Nona feel that if a website is called weird and ugly; it probably looks a lot like their website.

It certainly feels that way when people say the website will have tremendous potential if they show a short animated feature about the story. It certainly feels that way when they receive e-mails asking in so many ways why the site is “sooo static.” And it certainly feels that way when they read this message from a returning site visitor: “Hey, no offense guys, but I think your old Flash website looks a lot better than this

About Designing Web Pages

Set the theme

In addition, you are setting the tone/theme of your site with this first page. . . what visitors will expect to see carried out on every page within the site. This is also true of the navigation system you use.

Organize the pages

You want to use contrast to guide the eye around your pages. And, to be effective, the contrast must be bold. Also, any good web page design must have a focal point. Something on the page must be the dominant eye catcher. If everything has the same level of importance, then nothing is important. Group items and information that belongs together using white space so that the eye knows they are together.

Alignment

The alignment of elements on the page – both vertically and horizontally – is also very important. Choose one alignment and stick with it. That doesn’t mean you have to align everything similarly, it means things should be aligned the same on the page.

Webpage content

A webpage should not overwhelm the visitor with unnecessary animations, flash novelties or music. All these things can detract from the content of your page. If

Making Web Design Picture

  • Keep the Design Attractive but Minimal:

Simplicity is the key. You need to deliver your message to the masses which includes the people from different demographics with different mindset and preferences. So, you need a design that fulfills the aesthetic and informative demands of the target audience.

Descriptive websites trouble the visitors as they face difficulty in finding their desired content. Today, people adore the sites with minimum, but all-important information. Everything from colors selection, to contrasts, fonts, data fill forms, call-to-action buttons and pop-up windows (better to avoid) should stay minimal for improved user experience.

Parallax design is still trending. But as far as SEO is concerned, businesses with customized templates and single-page layouts can magnet more traffic and potential leads.

eCommerce sites are now coming with personalized content management systems that offer remarkable support to the site users; be it admin, vendors, and buyers. It also results in better user experience which, in turn, helps the marketers with the search engine optimization process.

Don’t forget to add search bar at the prominent place on homepage even if it’s not your eCommerce site. Often, I get irritated when I need to search

Website Design Goofs

#1. An incredibly long download time. We are all impatient when surfing the Internet. There are still many computer users without high speed connections, so avoid the following factors that contribute to slowness:

  • Flash Intros — I love Flash. It is an amazing program that helps a designer/developer do exciting movies and animations. The main problem, however, is that many of the intros don’t enhance the experience and take so long to open, the visitor has clicked away.
  • Graphics that are large and/or not optimized — I also love graphics. The problem is that designers resize the graphic after it is placed on a webpage. This means the visitor has to wait for the large graphic to load and then be resized. Resize graphics before adding to the page and also optimize for quick loading by lowering the resolution (quality).
  • Bloated code — Several authoring software programs produce more code that is necessary. FrontPage 2003 is better than the earlier versions, but my authoring program of choice for clean, non-bloated and web compliant code is Macromedia’s Dreamweaver.

#2. Lack of clarity — Visiting a website, we expect to find our way around easily, to realize the purpose of

Web Design Boost Sales

Avoid Slow Loading Web Pages

The amount of time that your site takes to download is critical. If it takes too long to download, you’ll lose potential customers who can’t be bothered to wait.

There are things you can do to speed up how long your site takes to download. Images and media are the worst culprits when it comes to slowing down your loading time. I advise you to avoid using any kind of multimedia on your web site and if you want to use images, try and keep them small and to a minimum.

You should also define height and width in all tables and graphics as this aids download time.

Make It Easy For People To Find Their Way Around Your Site

Your site’s navigation should be as simple and as straight-forward as possible so that people can find what they’re looking for easily. Don’t lose sales because people can’t find what they want.

Put a link to your homepage on each page on your web site. This will help visitors who didn’t enter your web site via your homepage to find their way around.

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