Website Design Tips

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2011
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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.

Design Tips to build an Effective Website

Listed below are some important and useful tips for designing an effective and high quality web site.

  1. 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.
    1. Use Clear, Maintainable and Easy Navigation.
    2. Clean and Consistent Layout Design.
    3. Design for all Screen Resolutions.
    4. Make sure the website is Cross Browser Compatible.
  2. 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. Even if you are not an expert at CSS you can learn to use the following simple CSS Styles Effects to enhance your website:
    1. Cool Text Effects using CSS Styles.
    2. Bullets in HTML or Dreamweaver.
    3. Links without Underline.
  3. Optimize Load Time: Make sure your load time is low and test for your website’s performance often. For this you must:
    1. Minimize Graphics, Flash and scripts.
    2. Optimize your HTML & script code.
    3. Use Server Side Include (SSI) files.
    4. Use Server and Client caching.
    5. Set Expires Header.
    6. Minify CSS and JS code.
  4. Ensure a Scalable and Reliable Website: As technology advances and configuration of computers & their monitors keep increasing and varying, it is impossible to test your site in all screen sizes, platforms and user scenarios. Make sure your design, code and hosting is scalable by being error free and able to withstand increased user loads smoothly. You would have designed a reliable website if you know that it would look good and perform well under most user circumstances.
  5. Test Early Test Often (TETO): Its extremely important to carry out usability and user interaction tests as early as the design phase of building your website. Also keep testing and improving your website as it grows.

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