Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Website Basics > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Website Basics

The Basics

You have a flourishing business ? everything is in its place. You just miss one important piece of marketing: an Internet Presence a website. Like everything in business, getting a website needs planning. Getting an effective website needs even more planning.

Here are some basic things to know and plan:

The WWW

What is the www or the internet? Basically a network of websites from all over the world you can access via your computer for which you need an internet connection and a browser. Internet connections are available from ISPs, and most of the popular browsers are free downloads from the internet. Just like writing/typing an address on a postal envelope, you type the website address in the browser beginning with http://www. and ending with either .com, .net, .org, .biz, .nz, .uk, etc. So if you want to access the microsoft website, you would type http://www.microsoft.com in the browser and hey, presto! You get all the information about microsoft and its products on your browser. Just click on the available links and you are on your way.

Your Website

Your website will be a bunch of pages all linked together via hyperlinks. You can ofcourse have a one-page website or as many pages as you like - depending on the amount of information you want to share with your visitors. Hyperlinks are text or images pointing to another page, just like the heading of this article points to my website.

Your Audience

As the web has grown, so has the types of people who access it and how they access it. As we say, it is impossible to please everybody. It is very difficult to design a website which will be accessible to all. Carefully choose your content and design, keeping in mind who your target audience is and what type of equipment they use. Equipment here means the computer and other hardware and also includes the software used for connecting to the internet and browsing it.

The best way to reach more people is to use pure HTML, and keep the use of scripting languages like JavaScript, Java, and other plug-ins to the minimum. While this may not make your site flashy,stylish or trendy, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your site is accessible to most of the people. Afterall, that is the whole point of this exercise, right?

Designing your website means knowing your audience and their requirements.


Content

Now that introductions are over, lets get down to the core of your website: Content. The most important aspect of any website, content is the one thing that will keep your visitors at your site and keep bringing them back. The content should depend on what you want to let your visitors know - about the company, the products, the services. Keep the content interesting, updating it often for repeat visitors. Often this can mean providing more details about different aspects in your business, like seasonal discounts, etc. Your visitors will visit your site again and again if the content is relevant, and there is something new everytime they visit.

Layout

A well laid out website will be a successful one. Whether you design the site yourself, or outsource the task to a webdesigner like us, first layout your ideas on paper. Choose text, color and graphics carefully, they all contribute to the page load time. Starting with your Home Page, keep it fast-loading, with a good navigational structure. Try to follow the same layout for the whole website. Change the layout only for different sections and not different pages. If the navigation bar is at the top on your HomePage, keep it at the top in all the other main pages. Consistency in layout is very, very important.

These are just some of the basics about building a website. There are many more, some requiring a article all about themselves. Keep visiting, as I plan to write about as many as I can. Ofcourse, you are welcome to email me your suggestions/comments about what you would like to read about in webdevelopment.

D.zigns dzignerwebs

Tasneem Rangoonwala is the Web Development Co-ordinator in D.zigns Enterprise Solutions, offering web design and related services as a freelancer.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Oregon man charged with assault, kidnapping in attack at Boulder web-design firm
Boulder Daily Camera
The founder of a yoga company accused of posing as an FBI agent then assaulting and threatening to kill employees at a Boulder web-design firm was charged Wednesday with 14 criminal counts. Daniel Shea, 45, of Oregon, was charged with first-degree ...


Entrepreneur

10 Tips for Web Design That Drives Sales
Entrepreneur
It's true that many factors may contribute to the problem. Believe it or not, web design can have a powerful impact on buyers and their choices. Studies show product assessment takes about 90 seconds. Users grant websites a fraction of that time: less ...


Practical Ecommerce

13 Tools for Responsive Web Design
Practical Ecommerce
Responsive web design ensures a site renders well on different devices and screens. Use responsive design tools to make sure your users have an optimal viewing experience. Here is a list of responsive design tools. There are tools to build responsive ...


Forbes

11 Website Design And Development Best Practices For 2018
Forbes
This concludes the non-negotiable portion of our 2018 website design guidelines. However, there are two bonus tips to consider when creating a site: 10. Progressive Web Apps -- Savvy web designers, intrigued by the impact apps have on mobile media ...
An Effective Website Requires 90% Marketing and 10% Web DesignBusiness 2 Community

all 2 news articles »

How Web Designers Can Keep Up with Job Market Transformations
SitePoint
This article was created in partnership with BAWMedia. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. A recent study from Edelman Intelligence has found an interesting fact. It claims freelancers are already feeling the impact of ...


The Denver Post

Client posing as FBI agent assaults, threatens to kill employees at Boulder web-design firm, police say
The Denver Post
Daniel Shea, left, is accused of posing as an FBI agent and handcuffing, assailing and threatening to kill employees at a Boulder web-design firm on Friday. Police are seeking a second man, known only as “Davy,” who they say was involved. The founder ...

and more »

Designmodo (blog)

Web Design Trends to Try in 2018
Designmodo (blog)
Another year brings another set of design trends to the web. It seems like these trends are constantly advancing and while prior trends are still here, many new ones are ripe for the taking. For this post, I've organized my picks for the best trends to ...


Boing Boing

This WordPress theme library will make web design easier
Boing Boing
The web is a big place, but competition is still fierce when it comes to getting your site to stand out among the clutter. While measures like boosting your SEO have their place, sometimes a simple tweak to your site's appearance can promote user ...


Top Design Firms Releases February 2018's Best Web Design Firms
Digital Journal
Top Design Firms reviews, ranks, lists, and advertises some of the best web design firms, logo design firms, responsive design firms, and mobile app design firms across the U.S. and internationally. NEW YORK, NY, February 15, 2018 /24-7PressRelease ...

and more »

Fourth Source

Why you need a continuous testing plan for Responsive Web Design
Fourth Source
I'm pretty certain that almost all of us have visited a website on our mobile device(s) only to find that the page isn't laid out correctly or the text is too small to read. Worryingly, a recent report told us that nearly three in ten people say they ...

and more »
Google News

Designing Professional Web Pages

If your Web site doesn't project a professional and polished... Read More

How To Make It Easy For Your Web Designer To Build Your Website

You have an idea for a website and you are... Read More

Website Redesign for Existing Websites

Does your website need a re-design? Here are some questions... Read More

10 Important Web Design Tips: SEO Friendly Website

A website should firstly be searched out by visitors before... Read More

Web Templates: Replacing Designers?

I've seen articles (and websites) that suggest you can buy... Read More

Is Your Web Site Turning Visitors Away?

One of the biggest problems with Web sites is that... Read More

How a Custom Designed Website Can Help Your Business

Over the years, the internet has grown into a marvelous... Read More

Is Your Website?s Copy Up to the Mark?

The Internet is a relatively new medium. What works for... Read More

When Good Computers Go Bad

Remember the day that you got your new computer (or... Read More

Web Designers Beware!

As a web designer, I have a personal interest in... Read More

404 Error - The Page Cannot be Found

A "404 Error" happens when the web server you are... Read More

Lead Capture Pages Explode Your Direct Sales Business Online!

Are you building a direct sales or mlm business online?... Read More

.htaccess to Mask Errors on Your Website

The .htaccess file is a control file located in your... Read More

Website Advertising: 10 Dynamic Tactics To Super-Charge Your Sales

Here are 10 dynamic website advertising tactics to super-charge your... Read More

Stop Sabotaging Your Sales

Do your web pages, sales letters or personal presentations include... Read More

A Great Banner Only Needs Simple Things

To create your own great banner, you only need five... Read More

Simple Lines and Shapes for Your Logo Design

Geometric designs come in all shapes and sizes? and lines.... Read More

Love at First Site: Giving Your Website Visitors the right Impression

Think of the people who visit your site as blind... Read More

Website Sales: 10 Strategic Tips To Maximize Your Profits

If you've a website but not making a lot of... Read More

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Website Traffic and Send Visitors Packing

If you're running a website or online business, your number... Read More

The Secrets to Successfully Learning Basic HTML

If you'd like to create/maintain a website, having some HTML... Read More

Should I Use Pop-Up Ads?

Web advertising has taken many forms, including those that appear... Read More

Web Site Redirection - How to Implement a 301 Redirect

You just created a new web site but want to... Read More

Winning Websites

Customers will form an opinion of your business as soon... Read More

Why Dot-Coms Fail - a Webmasters Perspective

Everyday we hear that another company goes out of business.When... Read More