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5 Things To Keep In Mind When Designing A Web Page

Designing a website has come a long way since the early bulletin boards that comprised the pre-Internet world. Way back in the day, before the web was really what it is today, small web pages that were comprised of text and basic tables was all there really was.

During the present day, however, websites have become multimedia hubs, and since there are several browsers - Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc. - one must ensure that they design their website to be compatible for all of these web browsers. Additionally, aside from just checking for cross browser compatibility, a web designer also must account for varying screen sizes, since there are several different popular viewing aspect ratios that people use today.

A good rule of thumb for novice web designers is to seek out pre-made templates, many of which can be found online for free or for affordable prices for premium templates. Such templates can greatly streamline the building process and usually are created either by web teams at companies that produce them or shared via the web by other designers.

The downside of using templates for designing a website is that you are limited to the design of the template, and another web designer may have used that template to design their site. So knowing a bit about HTML coding, javascript, actionscript and PHP programming will come in handy for those who are really trying to make an original website from the foundation of a pre-made template.

Templates aside, the spatial placement of text is another factor. Ideally, text on most websites shouldn't be longer than 10-12 words per line and should be aligned properly so that it is easy to read. If you plan on placing images on your website, it's of good mind to make sure that they are properly placed so that the text can wrap around the images.

Another thing to keep in mind is your color schemes. You don't want to have a varying choice of colors that detracts from the design of the web page, and you don't want the site to host colors that don't necessarily go together. An easy way to get a good idea of proper web page and website design is to browse around the Internet and check out some popular websites to see how they incorporate their interface, images, and color schemes.