Web Design Basics
by: Hunter Blyth
When designing something, a designer should first go through the basics of designing. Whether he is designing a print design or web design, he must know the dos and do not's. The following items will help you know the basics of web designing as well as some techniques that are specific to coming out with the best web layout.
1. Create a design that seems friendly.
There are actually a lot of web designs that scare people away and not attract them. If you want people to return to your website, make it soothing and light. Keep your site as friendly as possible.
2. Create a great homepage
When designing your website, you should keep in mind to conceptualize a homepage that would attract your viewers. Remember that the first page that your customers see can also be the last. So learn to create a page that will attract your visitorís attention and then draw them deeper into your site.
3. Keep in mind the principles in designing web sites
Remember to apply your design principles such as balance, contrast, emphasis, rhythm and unity. This will serve as your guide and will help you conceptualize a good web design.
4. Think small in terms of graphics
Slow pages can be really very annoying. Whether you like it or not, one cause of slowing the pages is large graphics. To avoid such problem think of using images with a size of 10-12 kb.
5. Use graphics that fit the content
Just because you have a wonderful picture of you and your boyfriend doesnít mean that you should include it on your website. Use images that are appropriate and that connect with your siteís content.
6. Donít use blinking images
There have been studies proving that blinking images actually annoy people. If you want to use them, though, use them sparingly. You wouldnít want your site viewers to leave your page just because of an annoying blinking image.
7. Stay with standard layouts
Try to use a layout that is simple as possible. The 3-column layout might sound corny and boring but it helps to keep your readers stay where they are and keep reading your siteís contents. Keep in mind that readers and site viewers stick with things that are simple and easy to understand.
8. Use standard fonts and limit the number of different fonts
Use standard fonts such as Arial, Verdana, Geneva, and Helvetica. They might seem too familiar but they look better on most browsers. Now, you donít have to worry whether your fonts will work or not.
9. Donít be greedy
Though ads help you make money by posting them on your site, keep in mind that people visit your site because of their perceived content and not because of the ads that you put in it. For all you know, these ads may drive your viewers away, if they are too many, and could possibly make you lose money.
10. Remember your readers
Understand that, unless youíre writing a site for yourself, your siteís content should include topics that your viewers might want to read.