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Creating Your Website Of 2010: Few Tips To Designing Your Website

By Stephen Grisham, Sr.

Site Content You may think that scrolling banners and funny animations are the way to go with a site, but be aware that these will often make a serious shopper look elsewhere. Good content must be the basis of every site. What you include on your web site must be up-to-date, different, brief, interesting and most important, it must grab the reader’s attention. Fresh content is not stale and contains no outdated information and unique content is original with no text plagiarized from other sites. Always stay away from duplicated content off of other web sites. You cannot have random content! It must be relevant to your services or products offered. Your website can look pretty, but it’s the content that will attract new visitors and ensure the return of old ones. Also, content is a huge part in the search engine optimization process.

Site Loading Time One important statistic to monitor is Site Loading time, to make sure that pages do not take too long to load. Be careful with the use of animations or large image banners and video, as these can slow down the loading of your pages. There is nobody that is going to be patient enough to standby for 2 to 3 minutes to view your site. Navigating your website should mimic turning the pages of a magazine. Only use flashes and videos on your site if it’s necessary. Therefore, by keeping your website simple and eliminating unnecessary flashes, you can make it more accessible to viewers and to search engines.

Navigation Maybe you might click on a link and the page gets stuck but you can’t figure out how to return to the last page or home page – this will make your visitors very upset. It’s necessary for your site to have a consistent navigation bar that has fixed settings on each page of your site. Be sure all of your site’s pages have a lot of good links to additional pages. Your navigation should be brief and clear. Stay away from too bright, elaborate or too dark navigation buttons or hard to understand navigation menus that don’t function easily.

Worthless Page Titles This is an error that most web designers make a lot. Either there isn’t any title on the page or a worthless title such as “here is my company name’. Some absentminded designers actually don’t put a title on the page, which is very unprofessional. Then you will notice all pages on your website have the same title. Page titles like this have no value for visitors and the search engines. Page titles are intended to provide a small description of every page on your site. The main keywords for your business should be included in the page title, if you intend to raise your website engine ranking.

Browser Support Long ago, only 2 main browsers existed, but currently there are a minimum of half a dozen browsers – and each browser will show your web page in a different way to your visitors. In addition, as for Internet Explorer itself, there are 3 various types, and each type shows pages differently. While creating, make sure your website functions with at least the most well known browsers. A lot of web creators don’t compare the popular browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari among others, to see if is compatible. Lynx, a well known Linus text based browser, is the best method to find out how compatible the site is. Once you check the site compatibility with Linux, you are able to work on additional web browsers.

URL Designs and Site Map Essentially, there are two versions of URLs – Dynamic and Static URLs. When a database driven website is searched, dynamic URLs are generated; sometimes this is what they look like: http://www.yoursite 2345&sort=date. This perplexes both the search engines and the users. Be certain that the URLs of the pages in your website are static, for example: http://www.yoursite name/products/shoes.html. Static URLs are useful for search engines and users.

Also, be certain there is a site map on your site. Visitors and search engines use site maps as navigational tools. Naturally, you have to create two types of maps for every one of them. If there is an excessive number of inside pages on your website, your visitors may be confused, but a site map can bring them to the page they want. The same way site maps will assist search engines in locating as many pages as they can, they will also assist with tracking pages with current information and alterations.

Outdated Pages Nothing turns a viewer off more than looking at old or outdated content, so be sure to keep your web pages fresh by constantly monitoring your website for content that can be archived. Web sites which present recent news, events and updates can’t be putting old news and out-of-date information out; it will make people leery of the quality of your company and brand. Be sure all parts of your website are kept up to date, so that your website viewers and search engines have something new to see whenever they come to your site.

Over Creativeness Some sites go over the top with flashy banners, dark backgrounds, music blasting, and other unnecessary hoopla that bombards the user as they try to open the site. The owner of the site might be the only one who understands what the site is trying to say, leaving visitors perplexed. To be overly creative with web design is just like being overly smart. Avoid a complicated web site design and make simplicity your aim instead.

There are some simple things that any site owner can employ to reach their goals and web objectives.

Stephen Grisham, Sr. is a copy writer for InfoServe Media, LLC. Please visit if you are looking to create a website, or if you just need a few changes to an existing site, InfoServe Media also offers website maintenance.

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