It can be scary and exciting to create your own website. It is tough to know just how to begin and where to get the best advice — and what you’ll be spending. Use the following advice as a foundation for all your future web design efforts.
It is important to choose great graphics for your web page design. Bitmap images usually are big and don’t work as well as PNGs. Consider PNG files for non-photographic images, text buttons or screenshots that require over 256 colors. If not, use a GIF. For photos, you can use JPEG images.
One critical part of great web design is ease of navigation. Place your links so they can be found easily. Menus will make it a lot easier to navigate around your site. Always post the links to your primary pages on every sub-page to keep visitors on your site.
Despite the type of site you are going to have, you definitely want to keep the loading time under ten seconds. Efficient sites should be visible in seconds so the viewer does not get side tracked. Make sure online visitors obtain the information they need rapidly.
Research keywords. Of course, fresh content should be your main focus, but you must also optimize your site. Proper keywords will make visitors want to stay longer.
Placing ALT tags when using images on the site is important. These tags provide several very important functions in that they describe images for people who browse the Internet with graphics disabled, and provide descriptions for people who are visually impaired and utilize tools that translate images to voice. In addition, if the image is a also a link, you can tell visitors where the link takes them and what it does. And most importantly, search engine bots need to see the descriptions through ALT tags in order to help your search engine ranking.
Always provide text content for links when you set up the design of your website. This makes it perfectly clear to visitors where they are going to go if the click on the links. If the links don’t have text content, they may appear as a keyboard shortcut.
Website development becomes easier to learn and manipulate the more you view the process behind it. So, go ahead and start up some simple pages with HTML and C+ to see if you have some of the fundamentals down. Practice has to start sometime, so get to it sooner than later.
Now that you’ve read this, you should be prepared for moving ahead to tackle your own website design. Create your budget, line up your assistants, and list the content you want to include. You’ll see that designing a website that you can be proud of IS possible – so get to it!