By: Bruce Pipkin
If your knowledge is less than thorough, the topic of web design may feel overwhelming. After you complete a few projects, you will improve your skills and find that it is not as difficult as it seemed. Use these basic techniques for a website that is attractive, easy to navigate and informative.
If you want your website to attract many visitors, it must be simple to navigate. Important links should be highly visible on every page. Menus also make navigation more user-friendly. Post links that lead back to the homepage on each page of your website to make navigation easier for your users.
Good websites must function with all browsers, and therefore you need to test each page so you know they work correctly under all circumstances. Some things that work in Internet Explorer might not work correctly in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Test how your pages display with all major browsers prior to launch.
Give some thought to the background of your website. Some sites include complex or patterned GIF backgrounds that can make text hard to read, no matter how novel it may look. Choose a background that is not too distracting for your readers, and that goes well with the rest of your design.
Try the common “newsletter” technique to keep your readers reminded of your services. This can be an excellent way of building your client base. Place a signup form on your site in a sidebar, while maintaining a list of everyone who signs up. Just send your newsletter to subscribers.
White is a great choice for a background color. It’s simplistic, yet has a lot of potential at adding flare and color elsewhere. Viewers will feel confident in the professional look afforded by a solid white background. Complicated background designs on the other hand can be distracting, and can make your website feel less professional. Simple backgrounds are usually a better choice.
Sign up for newsletters that can help you learn about web design techniques periodically. Anyone can gain from the information contained in a newsletter, regardless of experience.
There are many newsletters available that distribute both proven and novel web design information. Sign for some of them to keep yourself inspired and give yourself a web design “safety net” you can rely on to maintain your base of knowledge on the subject. Newsletters are helpful to both beginners and experienced designers.
The harder you are willing to work at learning about site design skills, the easier it will be to master them. Try some easy web pages with C+ and HTML to learn the basics. Practice has to start sometime, so get to it sooner than later.
You may notice interesting web design techniques being used by other web designers, but you want to innovate, not copy. Create designs on your own, and improve on the ones you’ve witnessed on other websites. Following through with this step will make your overall design more effective.
One of the best aspects of web design is how you can make your page however you want. What you’ve learned about above are various design methods that you can implement to have a great website. Be sure to use these methods as described.