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Good Web Site Design

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There are very few web pages on the Internet that clearly state what is
good web site design and what is not good web site design. Design
professionals are not in business to create masterpieces. They are in
business to make money so they use templates in order to produce the
maximum amount of product for the minimum cost. If your goal is to
create something original, you have to do it yourself.


Keywords:
web site design, web page design, html, php


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There are very few web pages on the internet that clearly state what is
good web site design and what is not good web site design. That's because
it's completely subjective, like what is beautiful and what is not
beautiful. So it takes a highly opinionated strong ego like this one to
step in there and say "OK folks, this is what it is." Now I jumped on
board the internet back in 1994 after I began to believe that not only
would it be "The Next Big Thing", but that it actually does offer the
human race the potential to connect all our minds together in an entirely
new way. When I decided to create my own web site, I first had to take a
good look at as many music and other web sites as possible in order to
learn what not to do before I could visualize what I should do. I've
visited thousands of web sites since then, I've talked to countless net
surfers about what they like and don't like, and we all tend to agree on
some major points:

<center>Bad design includes the following qualities:</center>
1.    Text that is hard to read, including use of tiny fonts against
black backgrounds and illegible fonts against picturesque backgrounds.

2.    Anything that slows page downloading speed. Net surfers are
impatient and they will exit out of any site where pages take too long to
download or have plug-ins that have to be downloaded in order simply in
order to view your page.

3.    Lack of a clear "Mission Statement" on the home page. Web surfers
want to know immediately what a web site is about. They don't want to
have to read several pages to get it and then decide the time spent
wasn't worth it.

4.    Lack of clear instructions on the home page explaining how to get
essential information from the site. Web surfers want to surf with speed,
not study in a library.
5.    A home page that requires you to click on something to enter the
site (that's called a portal page). What's the point? You've already
entered. Why in the world would you care to enter twice? Would an
architect design two doors you'd have to go through to get into a
bathroom? Would a sane contractor ever build it that way?

6.   Confusing site organization, difficult navigation, dead links.

7.    Boring writing. Not much can be done about this one. Creative
writing isn't available from a web site designer at any price. If they
were creative writers they wouldn't be doing web site design.

<center>Good design includes the following qualities:</center>
1.    Text that is easy to read. Don't be afraid to use a large bold font
against a light colored background.

2.    The fastest downloading speed possible. If you're going to have a
lot of photos, consider grouping them into one photo section so that
people will expect that portion of your site to download slowly. Avoid
gimmicks like flash graphics. And for goodness sake, don't make people
download a plug-in just so that they can view your page.

3.    A clear mission statement on the home page explaining what the site
is all about.

4.    Something on the home page that explains what the other pages are
all about.

5.   A home page that is a home page - none of that "enter" nonsense.

6.    An organized site that has structure which can be easily
understood.

7.    Entertainment value. This is where good writing skills come in.
Think of your site as if it were a novel or a hit record. You have to
grab our interest immediately and then hold it by entertaining us.
There's no better way to do that than with your personality through your
writing.

Design professionals may try to project your personality but they often
prevent it from shining through by using the same techniques they use on
their other web sites. It's much better to be yourself and create
something which they might call amateurish then it is to end up with
something that looks and reads like everybody else's web site. Understand
that the internet web site is the last true art form of the 20th century,
so try to be creative. Think outside the box. And then create your own
box.

				
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