San Diego Web Design On Top 10 Tips to a Great Web Page
Make Your Site Valuable to Your Readers
- Know your audience, and keep them in mind when you write.
If your Web pages are frequented by people with slower modems then designing a page that looks best over a T1 is not a successful strategy.
- Keep your pages short.
If you minimize the scrolling, chances are, your readers will get your message. A good screen size is 640 pixels wide by 480 tall.
- Use tables of contents.
According to Jakob Nielsen only 10% of users will scroll beyond the first screen of text. If that first screen has a table of contents viewers will click on the links to the explanatory text.
- Keep images small.
Large images annoy people. If it takes too long to download, many people will never see it, as they will have browsed somewhere.
- Use Web colors.
The browser-safe color palette will ensure that most people will see your page and images in the colors you intended.
- Avoid lots of text.
People don't read the Web, they skim it.
- Check your spelling.
Use a spell checker, either in your editor or on-line.
- Keep links current.
Check your links often to make sure they are still valid. Using a link checker speeds up pages with many links.
- Annotate your links.
If a page is good enough to link to, then it's good enough to explain why you like it.
- Put contact information on your pages.
The Web is interactive and dynamic, and you should welcome comments on your pages. Also, if there is a broken link or other problem, your readers can let you know, easily.
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