10 Don'ts For Web Design
The longer it takes a page to load the less people will go to those pages. On the internet peoples attention span is calculated in seconds not minutes. Make sure all pages including images are under 50K unless absolutely necessary.
2. Watch the use of background images
If you have a busy background it takes away from the content and the purpose of the page itself. Unless the background is the purpose use suttle background images and colors.
3. Watch your color schemes
Even though yellow and black are said to be the most opposite in contrast I have yet to see a site that looks good with a black background and yellow lettering. In my opinion try to stick with what works, black on white(or light grey). You can play with this but look at other sites and see what they are doing. All in all make sure the conent is legible.
4. Use of animation
I see so many sites using extravagant animations, all this does is take away for the content of the page. If you use an animation keep it short and have it stop after the first time it runs.
5. Don't use the latest new browser features
That browser may have a kewl feature but if it is the only browser that has it a good portion of you viewers won't be able to use it. Normally new features can be quite glitchy which can turns customers off your site.
6. Watch the height of your pages
90% of pages don't get scrolled so if you do have to have a long page use inline links at the top so that it is easier for your customers to view what they are looking for.
7. Make it easy to find anything
Try to make it possible for your viewers to get anywhere in your site in 3 clicks or less. This is why people get lost on Microsofts site.
8. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)
Most web surfers are normal people that aren't gurus on the internet. You need to make sure that you point them where they want to go. If you have 50 links on the front page they won't know where to start. Keep it simple for them, point them where to go.
9. Put your contact information everywhere
Sometimes the most annoying part of a site is trying to find out how to get ahold of them. if you want to los customer this is a quick way to do it, so don't. Make sure your customers can get ahold of you.
10. Check your Spelling
I will freely admit that I am a huge offender of this one. I never check my spelling and really need to get in the habit. Your spelling will show how profesional you are. I have no idea how many customers I've lost because of it, you don't want to do the same thing.
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I am an all around big Geek with too much time on my hands. My main services are web design/development and PC repair. I've been doing both of these for the past 5 years and consider myself pretty good at what I do but, more importnantly, I love it. Webcyte Design