Designing a website can seem very complex if you have never done it before. After you complete a few projects, you will improve your skills and find that it is not as difficult as it seemed. If you use the tips provided in the next few paragraphs, you can design a site that not only looks good, but is easy to use, as well.
Do not underestimate the value of a website that loads fast, with no slowdowns. If Internet users have to wait a long time for your website to load, they will probably leave your site before it loads and vow never to return.
Set up your website to store personal information that users might need to reenter multiple times. If users register on your site, some of their data should be saved. This makes it easier to fill out forms, and is considered to be very convenient. Creating “sticky”� information in this manner makes the whole process much more simple and smooth, and your visitors are sure to appreciate the time you save them as well.
Be certain to have a way to receive feedback from site users. This lets you see if anything is confusing, or if you’re missing something on the page, so that you may fix it as you can. If a visitor feel involved, he or she will want to see your website again.
Meta tags are key to your site if you want to attract people to your site for short and long periods of time. Make sure you include them. High quality meta tags assist search engines in understanding the topic of your website. Meta tags that don’t accurately reflect the content of your website will negatively impact your traffic.
Before you start promoting your site, test it on several different browsers. Different internet browsers can display the contents of your website differently, which can sometimes dramatically alter a visitor’s experience. A little bit of research will help you decide which browsers are used most often, at that time. Make sure to beta-test your site on all popular browsers, including those used on mobile devices.
Make your fonts professional and readable. The font is one of the first items people notice when coming to a site. Avoid fancy fonts that are hard to read or unprofessional fonts such as Comic Sans. If one of your visitors does not have your chosen font on their own computer, another font is substituted. Sometimes this looks worse, but often times it helps the reader who otherwise may not have been able to read your website clearly.
In order to evaluate your web design skills accurately, it’s a good idea to start off with small, simple websites where your successes and shortcomings will be easy to spot. If you begin by creating only a few pages, it will be easier to gradually build your confidence.
Hopefully, after reviewing this information, web design looks a little less forbidding to you. The more you know about it, the easier it will be for you to design a website that meets your needs. Start with applying the advice you read and you should be able to design a good first website.
In this video I look at WebPlus X6, currently my favourite website designer that is suitable for beginners. www.serif.com.