Building a website is a fun adventure. If you are new to website creation, hiring someone to do the work for you can be extremely expensive. You don’t want to cut corners, though. By using this advice, you can put together a professional website on your own.
Images need ALT tags so do this while you are setting up your website. These tags help you describe the images for people with visual impairment or people that disable images. When links are used for images, having an ALT tag lets you describe the link’s behavior. And most importantly, search engine bots need to see the descriptions through ALT tags in order to help your search engine ranking.
Make user needs a priority. The design of the website must be centered on the end user at all times. Usability, user experience and interaction are all important. You must know these very well and consider every possibility. Putting yourself in your customers shoes can really help you to design the best page possible.
Optimize your website’s load times. When visitors are faced with long load times, the usually leave soon. Speed your website up by having less scripts running, few graphics, minimal amount of flash, use SSI files, tweak the HTML, use server side caching, and lessen the amount of CSS and JS coding.
Build websites with fonts that are easy-to-read, professional-looking, and widely available. You can see if a site looks professional by looking at the fonts. Overly ornate or obscure fonts should be avoided, as they may not display properly on site visitors’ computers. A font could be subset to a default font in the computer of your user, if they do not have it. When the font defaults it can tend to make your webpage look much worse than it really is.
It’s all right to rely on a host for tools to set up your basic design, but to add more advanced touches, you’ll want to do some of your own work. Once you have used the web host’s site builder to its fullest extent, seek ways to infuse your website with elements of your personality.
While development platforms generate code for you automatically, they cannot duplicate the reliability of classic text editors. The reason for a platform is to design all the features of the site, so that you can then paste the code that is generated. To minimize errors and work with the code in a more hands-on way, choose a standard text editor.
You won’t become a web page design master overnight. You will have bumps in the road, of course. However, when you apply the basic tips you’ve just been given, you’ll be off to a great start. Good luck.