Don't Build Another Website Without Reading This First!
  • Once frames were popular, but there were a lot of issues with them too. Frame designs are difficult for people to bookmark and scroll through. Use other ways to make your site easier to navigate instead.

    Make sure all links on your website are working properly before you publish your site. There is not much that is more frustrating for visitors than to click a link and get an error page. You can check your links manually, or there are programs that will scan your site for you and report any broken links.

    Make sure that you regularly remove outdated and inaccurate content from your website. If you have a page that is promoting some type of special event that already went on six months ago, then you have lost readers. Users will spend time on websites that are well-maintained, and the presence of your outdated information will tell them that your site it not being properly cared for. Create a schedule that will help you manage information and specials, and remind you to take down useless items.

    Be careful with your color schemes while designing your site. It is important to have text that is easy to read on your chosen background color. Dark text on a light background is the easiest for your visitor to read. Ask someone to look at your color schemes to make sure you are choosing something image harmonious.

    Good meta tagging practices will help your website draw in larger numbers of visitors. Quality meta tags will help search engines point interested people in your site's direction. Poorly designed meta tags will not reflect the content of your website and will not help attract visitors.

    The content that appears on your site should be compelling and interesting. Although the overall look of your site is important, it is the content that keeps them coming back for more. Visitors will return again and again when they find valuable, useful information.

    Be mindful of what particular file type you use for graphics, since that impacts file sizes and load times for users. GIF's are much easier to utilize on your site. PNG and BMP may work better for graphic creation, nut they usually have larger files sizes. Keep your graphics at a reasonable size to save space.

    It's all right to rely on a host for tools to set up your basic design, but to add more advanced touches, you'll want to do some of your own work. Try to integrate your personality into the site by adding and tweaking things without just relying on dragging and dropping things your web host provides.

    Website counters were popular in the 90s but are rather unattractive now. This might seem interesting at first glance, but your visitors find this distasteful. As you can see, the counter can be counterproductive and you can use other tools in the back office or online to check visitor count.

    One of the first things you should do is select and reserve your domain name. Choose something creative, but reserve it as soon as you can so it is available to you whenever you decide to start creating your website. You never know when someone else is thinking about the same name and type of website as you.

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