Web Design Tips

Please research "web design tips" online. Write down five UNIQUE tips on this page and the URL that you found it on. This means that you must read what other class members have written. It also means that the quicker you do this, the easier it will be. :-). Please write your name next to the posts so that you receive credit for your contribution. Proofread and use standard English :-)

Bailey McKenna's Web Design Tips:
1. make an interesting homepage that draws the viewers attention.
2. know your users - you must understand the needs of your users
3. Minimize Number of Words: Use the minimum number of words to get your message across. As a general rule, you can remove 25-50% of words, without losing anything of value
4. Increases the speed at which your page renders in web browsers. Images are downloaded, after the page's text content is displayed on the screen. The page will appear to download quicker than it really has
5. Bright Blue and Red Headache: Looking at bright blue and red together can cause a headache-inducing condition called Chromostereopsis. This condition causes the viewer to perceive that one color floating above the other. So, avoid using bright red and blue on the same Web page.

Brittnee Brennan's Web Designs Tips:)
1. Make a website that consumers are into. If you make a website about what a bunch of people like, then you will get a lot of views.
2. Don't use a lot of graphics and different styles. You want to keep it simple for the viewers so they can have an easy time finding the information.
3. Use quick sentences. Don't overwhelm viewers with too much information

Shane's Post - Terminator Hughes

Specialization and Competitive Analysis

1. There are many sectors you can work in as a web professional (web designer, UX, UI, front-end development, etc). You shouldn’t restrict yourself to a core subject unless you know exactly what you want to end up doing.
2. Whether you decide to become a Jack of all trades or a specialist is entirely up to what you prefer. It’s worth noting that there is enough work in the industry to cater to both work styles.
3. Investigate what your competitors are doing with their services as you can learn so much from the mistakes or successes that others have had — they can be a goldmine of ideas.

Learning About Your Target Audience

4. Research is the mother of all invention if you’re going to work on any project. It pays to ensure what you’re planning will meet the needs of the audience you’re trying to gain.
5. Always try to be inventive with what you create. There’s no point cloning another successful website when you could improve upon it to convert some of their existing user base.
6. If you plan to produce a blog or an informative website, ensure that you know your subject. Trying to create a medical blog with no knowledge is not a good idea. You should be passionate and be well read about your subject matter.

Drew's Post is NOT as good as Shane's
1. Select a colour scheme and stick to it.
If your company has a logo or preferred colours on its stationery that’s a good start. For those of you starting from scratch, choose two or three complementary colours and stick with them – don’t change colours on every page.
The most common colour schemes include:
- Red, yellow and white
- Blue and white
- Red, grey and white
- Blue, orange and white
- Yellow, grey and white.
If you’re not sure what colour scheme to choose, surf the internet and find a website that you like. You can then model your colour scheme on what already exists.
2. Use templates.
Can’t find a website you really like? Another option is to choose a template. There are many templates or pre-set designs. These come as part of your web design software (such as FrontPage) or you can check out some websites that specialise in designing templates.
www.web4business.com.au emplates1.htm
3. Provide an easy to use navigation system.
This is one of the most important issues to consider when designing a website. You need to ensure your visitors can find what they are looking for easily. Most websites either display their navigation bar on the left or at the top. And since most people are used to this type of navigation, it’s best to stick with it.
It also helps to include your navigation bar at the bottom of each page to save your visitors from having to scroll back to the top.
4. Don’t go overboard on special effects
Whilst it is ok to have one or two special effects to jazz up your website, spinning graphics and logos often distract your visitor from the content, not to mention they can take too long to download. Your visitors may click away even before your spinning logo finishes loading.
5. Backgrounds
Ensure your visitors can read the text on the background, ie. no black writing on dark blue background or yellow on white. Also be careful that your links are visible before and after being visited. The default for links in most programs is blue (before being visited) and burgundy (after being visited), so if you have a dark background, ensure your links are light.

Shenelle's Post
1.Design for the first eye catch
2.Avoid the overused
3.Pick simple words
4.Always ensure the website is running
5.Broken links not only distract, but tend to irritate consumers

Cristian Davila's Post
1. Navigation on a web site plays a very important role in making the site user friendly. As a thumb rule, a web site should follow the "three click" model. This means that a visitor should be able to access any page on the site using three or lesser mouse clicks.
2. A large background image, say 800x600, would be at least 30kb (optimized). A small seamless image would be much smaller. You can have seamless images that are a mere 3kb! Thus, small seamless images result in faster web page display.
3. Headings are an important part of design. They provide a logical structure to a document and have to be rendered in the same fashion as specified by the designer.
4. Try to keep a consistent theme for your site so that a visitor on any page knows that they are still on your site.
5. Flash Intros: Make sure that you provide a "Skip" (or "Skip Intro") button from the very start so visitors who either don't want to view the intro or who are on low bandwidth net connections can quickly go to the meat of your web site. Do not test the visitor's patience by forcing them to view the flash intro in its entirety.

Nick Goulette's Post
1: Use clear, maintainable, and easy-to-use navigation! Placement is key, stay consistent with the navigational structure.
2: Use a clean and consistent layout to appease visitors and help to enhance the looks and reliability of your site.
3: Design the webpage for all screen resolutions, you dont want to have a lot of scroll time for people with smaller screens!
4: Minimize Graphics, Flash, and Clips because they hugely increase file size. (This helps for a quicker load time)
5: Test your website early and often for reliability and to maintain it.

Fran Mendoza's Post

I.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. Learn to see things from a visitor's perspective while designing.
II. Design for all Screen Resolutions: A site that is easy-to-use always encourages visitors to stay and read your content.
III. Make sure the website is Cross Browser Compatible: Make sure you check your website in the most used versions of all top browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Netscape as they constitute 95% of the world's browsers.
IV. 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.
V.Optimize Load Time: Make sure your load time is low and test for your website's performance often.


Enrico Festa's Post:
1: Your logo is one of the most important aspects of your website as it's what people will recognize you for. Therefore, it pays to have a good, memorable one created for your brand.
2: Don't spam or send out lots of emails. People hate it.
3: Your web design does not need to be pixel perfect. Every device, platform and browser render things slightly differently but that’s not always a bad thing if your site’s still usable.

Hope Reed's Post:
1. Avoid using dashes in your URL
2. Beware of hosts proclaiming unlimited recources.
3. Consider the best image format for what you are trying to accomplish.
4. Have an eye-catching, catchy logo or heading.
5. Write down what you want to say on your website, and try to reduce it by 50%. People don't want to have to read paragraph after paragraph - make it short and to the point.

David's Post
1. Start with an Image
2. Logo goes everywhere on your website
3. Tell your visitors where to go.
4. Organize into sub headers
5. No google adsense.