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Website Design Tips

Discussion in 'Website Design' started by Ruchi, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Ruchi

    Ruchi New Member

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    Design Tips to build an Effective Website :

    Give Priority to the Website User's Needs: A web designer must be focused on the user's need at all times - usability, accessibility, user experience and user interaction considerations are all part of this.

    Clear, Maintainable and Easy Navigation: Navigation links placement on your website plays a big role in determining the stickiness factor of your site (how long your visitor stays and explores your site). Your navigational structure should be neat, consistent and easily accessible for an optimal undistracted user experience. The navigation should be flexible enough to accommodate any amount of additional links as required. Read our Website Navigation Tips before you start designing your site.

    Clean and Consistent Layout Design: A clean layout that uses a lot of white space enhances a site's looks. The layout should also keep the focus on your content. Use fonts that will be available on all computers to prevent your site looking messed up. We recommend the use of dreamweaver templates for website design consistency.

    Program using pure CSS: The world has moved away from table based websites to pure CSS websites because it offers accessibility, reusability and considerably reduces file size apart from giving greater control over the look of your website. The single most important skill you can learn today to become a quality web designer is CSS programming! Even if you are not an expert at CSS you can learn to use the following simple CSS Styles Effects to enhance your website:

    Cool Text Effects using CSS Styles: Text Links Rollover, Text Case Setting, Text Spacing and Line-through Effect
    Bullets in HTML or Dreamweaver: Using CSS Styles with bullets (shapes, decimal, roman-numerals, images, etc.)
    Links without Underline: Use CSS Styles to display links without the appearance of the underline.
    Optimize Load Time: Make sure your load time is low and test for your website's performance often. For this you must:

    Minimize Graphics, Flash and scripts: They hugely increase your file size.
    Optimize your HTML & script code: Make sure that your site doesn't have any unwanted tags or unused scripts.
    Use Server Side Include (SSI) files wherever possible. Includes once called from the web server reside in its cache so on subsequent requests they load faster.
    Use Server and Client caching of your web page static content (Images, JS, CSS and HTML files).
    Set Expires Header - The optimal expiry time for your static content is 'more than 7 days'.
    Minify CSS and JS code - remove all spaces, comments and line breaks from your CSS and javascript files.
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  2. angelica

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    thanks for sharing such a nice tips.
  3. helan

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    Nice discussion about how to design or build an attractive website ...Here by i list out some crucial elements of a successful website site deisgn .They are
    1.Space :Space is one of the most important design tools because it dictates everything—from flow, to readability. Designers are beginning to use space in ways that we did not see on the web a decade ago. More site designs include vast spaces, increased spacing between lines of text, and an overall use of open space.
    2.Simple navigation :Navigation does not need to be complicated. It should be easy to identify and easy to use. It is also important to keep navigational menus to a minimum so you don’t overwhelm users. Depending on the type of site, 5 to 10 menu navigation items are the top end of what you should aim for.
    3.About us :It is especially important for a small business or site owner to tell users who they are. (This is less important for major companies that are household names, although it is still a common practice.)
    4.Contact informations :Contact information commonly appears in one of two ways – in the header / main navigation, or as a Contact Us page with a form or expanded information. Either option can work well, depending on your site design.
    5.Call of action or sign up:In most instances, a website is the gateway to an action – make a sale, provide information, gather contact information. To ensure this action, calls to action prompts need to be obvious and strong.
    6.Informational footer:A footer is the how you can connect to your audience with a wealth of information without getting in the way of the design. Because the footer is at the bottom of the page, it is a logical location for a small site map, company or contact information, links and context for your site.
    7.Style of buttons:Every button on a site should be recognizable as a button. They should have the same shape, design effects and feel regardless of purpose or location. Creating a distinct set of buttons can be somewhat of a daunting task for sites with a lot of clickable items.
    8.Great images people love to see things in action. Create stunning visuals to draw users in to your site. Great images or illustrations are one easy way to do this. With a relatively small set of great photographs, you can show products, people, whatever to entice users to your site.
    9.Web fonts:web fonts are still important for two key reasons – compatibility and licensing. By using a web font service, type is type on the web, which is important for search engine optimization, and designers don’t need to make images out of their type to maintain a certain look.
    If you want to build professional website as you wish then i will refer you to approach TheWebPole.com their web design service mainly helps you to design a website as you wish you just share all your ideas to their professional then they work for your ,finally your dream will come to live ....Hope it will be useful for all viewers who are going to design a website ..
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    For a good website design we need to give importance to each element in the webpage for example, the logo should be attractive as well as and related to our brand and services.
    As well as we should includes social media profile links on our website.
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