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Is Your Web Design Annoying?

You designed your website, and never really thought any more about it; but have you considered whether your web design is annoying? Visitors arrive at websites and when there are things they dislike, they simply don’t come back again, and you are blissfully unaware. However, those lost visitors are potential customers that you’ve lost. Let’s look at 5 things you should exclude in your web design so as not to annoy your visitors.

1. Huge Font Size – When you use huge fonts, you are in essence yelling at your visitors. The same applies when you use all caps. People don’t like to be yelled at so use a font that’s no bigger than 14.

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Cross Browser Web Design Compatibility

There are hundreds of web browsers in use around the world, each making use of W3C document standards in a slightly different way. As a result, web designers fight with making their websites work properly in the various browsers.

Of course, it is impossible to make your web page design work properly in all the different browsers because they all implement W3C document standards differently. But it’s a good idea to make your web design work properly in the top browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera.

Each browser implements JavaScript, HTML, and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) slightly differently. Some of the differences are just cosmetic but other difference can actually break the page so that it does not load.

So what can you do in your web design process to make your site most accessible on the most number of browsers. Of course, you can’t be 100% compatible but it is possible for you to design your site so it works properly on the top browsers that we already mentioned. Conforming is a real challenge and will stop you from using some of the neater functionality and effects. Take advantage of online code validators to validate your HTML code, CSS, and also your links. It will check your code based on your web page doctype.

There are some problems with compatibility unless you actually hand code your HTML. The best choice is Dreamweaver for the highest compatibility; however, you won’t be able to use layers. FrontPage earns the distinction of being the worst choice because it uses Microsoft so it codes to Internet Explorer.

Many web designers find the combination of tables and style sheets works best to ensure web pages look good in the most number of browsers. It’s a good idea to always test your web pages in the most popular browsers before you go live. After all, you want the largest number of visitors to be able to view your site in the manner your web design was meant to view it.

Web Design 101 – What You Should Know

If this is your first shot at web design, there are some things you should know before you proceed. First impressions are always the best impressions, and so it’s important for you to know how to make the most from your first impression. Let’s look at some basics to get you started.

#1 Make Full Use of the Space You Have
Your website shouldn’t be cluttered and should have white space, but it also shouldn’t look bare, and it certainly shouldn’t have more whitespace than content. Make use of images, text, and videos to bring your visitors the best experience. If you design your site right it will not look cluttered.

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Build a Strong Brand in Your Web Design

Building a strong brand is important to your business and web page design is where it all starts. Your brand is much more than just having a website online. Your corporate brand reflects the values of your company and when done right consumers clearly understand what that brand is. A website that focuses on establishing brand is one element in creating your brand perception.

Before you start to create your branding in your web design, you have to know our brand inside out. How is it you want your brand to be perceived by visitors to your site? Where do you want your brand in 5 or 10 years? What impression do you want to leave your visitors with? Once you know every detail about your brand, you can start to work on an effective web design.

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