Making your own web page templates has never been easier than it is today. With software like Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Contribute, and Fireworks, you have a number of options for creating web site templates. Rather than outlining the software differences, it's important to understand the basics of web page templates.
Have you ever wondered where to start when designing your website? It can be a daunting task for even seasoned web designers, and yet it often consists of a set of common steps. We've broken it down into the six P's of the web design process.
This is part two of an article called, "Before You Sign on the Dotted Line of a Web Design Contract," read part one here. These are more things to ask before you sign your web design contract.
easy on the eyes, effortless on the mind and painless for the mouse pointer.There’s nothing more annoying to visitors than a busy and confusing website. They are unattractive and it leaves visitors with the feeling that even the creators of the website couldn’t decide what was important because they included everything! Let simplicity be your guide when making decisions. The Apple brand and website are great examples of simplicity in design.
According to a recent poll, only 23% of visitors that encounter a 404 page make a second attempt to find the missing page. That means 77% of visitors that encounter a 404, leave your website, (probably never to return again). By creating a custom 404 page, you can increase visitor retention and help them find what they couldn't find the first time.
Website validation is one of the hidden secrets of effective web design. Even though validation has been around for a long time and readily available, it is under utilized. Part of the reason is that when you start to design your creative website, the last thing on your mind is: does my site validate? Somewhere along the way of designing graphics, layout and content, we said, "goodbye" to HTML standards and "hello" to whatever looks good in our web browser. So before we go any further, let's make sure we understand what validation is.