April 24, 2014

How To Build a Better Website

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creating website photoWeb design has come a long way since early websites where web design was very hit and miss. Web designers at the time constantly experimented with what may work as a website.

We are now at the stage where each aspects of web design is its own specialism – content creation, graphic design, layout design, photography, programming, typography and SEO. Below are some tips which may help you through the process and give you some ideas to help you build a better website.

Fonts
When designing a website with a lot of text, choose your fonts wisely. While serif text will work well for a title or headline, the body of the text should be in a sans-serif font, which is easier to read on a computer screen. Try to use common computer fonts such as Times New Roman and Ariel. Stick to basic fonts for large blocks of text and fancy fonts for any titles and headings.

General Design
Your websites general design or theme must be along the lines of what you are offering on your website. If your website is about skiing, then the colours, design and photography must reflect this. People should ‘get’ your website within seconds, so make it alter obvious what your website is about.

Use a style sheet to stay consistent. There is almost nothing more disconcerting than being sent to a page that looks at nothing like the site you were just looking at, even if it is concerning the same subject. Style sheets are also standard compliant, which means search engines will find it easier to crawl your site and you will find it easier to make website edits in the future.

Layout
The layout of your website will be dependent on the information you are providing. Sketch out a wire-frame or outline of your website, then fill in the columns with information or functionality you want to show.

Look at some competitors websites and see how they have laid out their information. This should give you lots of ideas of how they have constructed their website. You can then use some of these ideas on your own website.

For the best layout, make sure that the colors you choose for the background and font are easy on the eyes. Choosing moving backgrounds or neon colors can make it hard for people to read, and they may navigate to another web site. However, include pictures to break up your content and make the site complete.

Domains And Hosting
A domain name and web hosting should be the first thing you buy before anything else. The domain name ideally should have your brand name or products and service keyword in the title. If you cannot find the domain name, then you may want to look on domain name selling websites to see if a compatible domain name is available.

There are many companies offering web hosting for very little money. These companies are cheap, but you do get what you pay for. If your website is commercial in any way, choose a web hosting company that has good support. You may have to pay a little more for it, but it is worth it in the long run. Also choose web hosting company in the same country as your website offerings. Search engines will like you for this.

Content
Your content is everything when it comes to your website. If you can, hire a copywriter to write your website content. Also, regularly add content to your website. It will mean over time you attract more visitors and the search engines will like you for this. Make your content as interesting and informative as possible.

Be sure the websites you’re designing are cross-browser compatible. You must check your site in the most popular versions of every top browser. Some examples include Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. it is also important to check your website on a smart phone. If it is hard to navigate on smart phone, you may need a mobile version of your website.

There are many aspects to successful website and require skill and experience to perform these areas correctly. If you do not have the skills yourself, then you will have to hire someone to help you build a better website. You should learn as much as you can about the web design process, so even if you do hire somebody else, you know they are doing a good job for you.

Photo License: Sarah Ra Ra

The author has over 10 years experience in web design and development. They would like to recommend Suffolk Web Design for any type of web design and development.
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  1. Jennifer Cunningham
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    Enjoyed the article. Will go back to times Roman text. You’re right about some text is very hard to read on the computer.
    Jennifer Cunningham recently posted…Create the Best Backlinks to the Website

  2. Building a good website is always a challenge and you have mentioned some great points here. In addition, I also like to style headings, comment section and sidebar to give it a cool look. Thanks for sharing the effective one bro.
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  3. Great tips Larry!

    We’ve been tweaking our design for about a year. It’s fun to split test, but I def. think if you don’t have a clear message on your site, a great design won’t help that much… something we had to learn the hard way.

    When we finally got our design the way we wanted, it improved our conversions – leaps & bounds.

    We’ve been doing a lot of forum marketing, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re promoting website services, and it’s been extremely effective!

    I wrote about it on FirePoleMarketing.com , the post called Forum FireStarter!

    Would love for you to stop by on our post and leave some feedback Larry!

    Keep moving keep making brother! We’ll see you on the other side…
    Matt Ludwig recently posted…Why You Should Be Building Relationships Online

  4. Hey Larry — good discussion points here. I agree that using sans-serif fonts are best for large amounts of text. I usually use something like Arial and the like. Thanks for sharing.
    Tom Jamieson recently posted…WPBig: A New Content Curation Site for all Things WordPress

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