Critical Web Design Rules
When creating a new website or redesigning an existing site, there are four basic rules that the designer must follow to make the site effective and functional – and successful.
1. Easy to read
When building a website, first you have to be sure of is that your website is easy to read. When writing content, remember that most website visitors do not read every word of a page – in fact, only scan pages to find what they want.
Break your content
Break your pages and use headers between major ideas so people scanning your site can find what they want quickly. Use meaningful headers between each paragraph and idea – this helps with SEO. Headers should be created with the H1 through H4 tags for SEO. Always use good writing structure. Also, avoid long paragraphs that run on. You should break up any long paragraphs.
Colors and fonts
To help readability, use high contrast colors between font and background. The black text on a white background may seem stark, but very legible. To make a website easy on the eyes, try an off-white background and dark gray (almost black) color of the text.
Things to avoid with content color:
* Avoid vibrant colors like purple or yellow background. These new colors make text difficult to read.
* Avoid using an image behind the text.
* Avoid wearing brightly colored text on bright backgrounds.
A simple statement covers the issue of the source:
Simple sources are the best, most elegant fountain is more difficult to read. Since many browsers only have the standard font set, use standard fonts. In fact, there is no “standard”, but there are some fonts that are installed in most browsers. These include Arial, Verdana, Tahoma and Times New Roman. His readers to see something different than if you use other sources.
When developing and testing your site, use a standards compliant browser such as Firefox. If you develop your site to be standards compliant, it will work in most browsers, including MS Internet Explorer (IE). It is recommended that you test your site using the browser versions most recent and last of IE (IE6 and IE7). To run multiple versions of IE on the same machine, with an installer TredoSoft free install multiple versions of IE. Works great!
2. Simplify navigation
The menus and navigation links are the visitor used to get from one page to another site. Always plan a site around how people get from one page to another. A visitor to your site must be able to get what they want within three clicks of your mouse.
Multiple navigation points make it easy to find things. Repeat the top menu and at the bottom. Also create a menu on the left or right.
Using links within your text to other areas in your site. You can create links so that they are good for search engine optimization (SEO). There are generally two ways to create links within your text:
* The wrong way for search engine optimization techniques, click here”
* The correct way: “Good techniques for search engine optimization are important for their use.”
The use of text links (anchor text) that describes what the link is is the best way. Search engine web crawlers (the programs that automatically index the contents of websites) visit your site, “read” links. Spiders can index links summarized in a subject or keyword category. Spiders have nothing to work with the reading of a “click here” until you get to the linked page.
This is Cross Linking – use it as much as possible where it makes sense to write your content.
3. Consistent design
At most, the designs of one or two should be used in the design of your site. As a reader navigates through your site, you should be able to get used to looking at the same place for navigation, for sub-navigation and content. That’s all I have to say about it.
4. Reduced page weight is better
Page weight is the total size of a page of your site in bytes – code, text and images. The weight of your web page site makes a big difference to their viewers. Lighter page weight is better for your readers because the page downloads faster. The faster page downloads, the faster things will get to the content.
This means that the light
* No large images. (Unless the site’s purpose is to display photographs, pictures or photos)
* Fewer images are better.
* Optimize images for the Web with no more than 72 dpi
* Use a small size of the image as possible for the given design.
* Use a table td bg color attribute or a style attribute background-color solid color background.
* Make gradient horizontal or vertical (not diagonal) so that you can use a small image “strip” and repeat it.
How “Heavy” Should a Web page?
Studies show that 64 K is a maximum size of well-designed website. 64K is a maximum, however, remains, in my opinion, great! The smaller the page the better. 25K is good, 15K is even better. There is a balance between design and functionality. It’s a good idea to focus more on function.
Try putting pages on your web hosting server as you build your site so you can try on the fly. For pages online, you can test the page weight to ensure they are on track.
Ways to make pages lighter:
* Use linked style sheets
* Use DIVs instead of tables whenever possible
* Easy to use funds to repeat the effect