Web design is a whole new type of design. You still follow many of the design rules that apply to print designs like brochures or posters. However, web design presents new possibilities and new challenges that brochure printing will never see. Here are some tips and resources to help with those new challenges and possibilities.
Use a Neat and Tidy Template
Your page layout has a lot to do with the usability of any web page. This list from psd.tutsplus will show you some templates that will optimize the design of your web pages in the same way templates can be chosen for optimal brochure printing. Or check out this article that gives some incredible resources for improving HTML and CSS codes.
Make Your Site Easily Navigable
In order for your users to feel at ease on your website, they will need to be able to find their way around. Your links should make sense and their location on the page should make sense. Check out this article to find out more about Website Navigation.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are Replacing Table-based Websites
You will find that there are many advantages to using CSS for your web pages, including a much faster load time. If you are unfamiliar with CSS, check out these CSS styles tutorials. Or you can check out these free free CSS templates and layout templates. You will also find these CSS tools and editors and reference charts useful.
Make Sure Your Site Works with All Screen Resolutions
Designing stretch layouts will ensure that all of your viewers have an attractive and easy to use site, no matter what their screen resolution. Find out how to achieve this goal by reading this article on designing websites for all resolutions.
Make Your Site Compatible with all Browsers
The big name browsers make up 95% of the world’s browsers. If your design is compatible with them, you are in great shape. If you need help, read this article on making your site cross browser compatible in 5 easy steps.
Create a Scalable Site
You need for your design to be scalable so that it looks good on any size of screen. This can be somewhat difficult, since so many screen sizes are available these days, but try out an easy code for CSS designs for your images for a simple solution. Or you can check out a tutorial on creating scalable sites using Dreamweaver CS4.
Designing a visitor-friendly website is important for the success of the site. Make sure to follow the tips above so that your web design is as effective as it needs to be.