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ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit www.makepapereasy.com or follow us at Twitter.

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ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

-Fast Loading web site – This is the number 1 tip that every web designer should follow. You might design a web site that looks fantastic but few people are going to see it if it takes a long time to load. Your designs should be optimized for the web and should not take more than 15 seconds to load.

-Navigation must be clearly planned – Once a visitor has come to your site you need to make them go through your site. To do this you need to have clear navigation. Make sure all your important links are at prominent places. Make use of menus on the right and the left. Try to link to as many pages of your site. Let your information be accessible from all parts of the site.

-Setting Resolution – Today, there are computers with all kinds of resolution. They range from 640 x 480 to 1024 x 768 and go even higher. Your job is to design your site for all these resolutions. The best way to do this is to design your site in terms of percentage and not pixels.

-Compatible with all the browsers – Make sure your site is browser compatible. Your web site should look good in Netscape as well as in Internet Explorer. Don’t stop designing your site as soon as you find that it looks great on IE. Usually Netscape gives some problems, especially when you try doing complicated HTML designs.

-Fonts play a huge role- If the font you use is not available in a visitor’s computer the web site will use the default font of your computer which is much worse. So try to keep to common and professional web fonts.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

 

 

The difference between a good web designer and a great one is the ability to know how to take short cuts and save time without compromising the quality of work.

Just follow the given tips:

1. Plan

When you’re itching to get started, it’s easy to overlook the most obvious step: planning. Whether it’s drawing wireframes and site diagrams in Omni Graffle or Visio, or even on a scrap of paper, you’ll save time by having an overview of your design at the site and page level before you start building. Obvious errors can be detected and solved before it’s too late to go back and it makes explaining your ideas to clients and colleagues a lot simpler than waving your hands in the air.

2. Use your Hand Now

Although there are some excellent tools around for building web sites, such as Adobe Go Live and Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Dream weaver, professional code monkeys prefer to code by hand. The best way to master any language is by practicing it and not mere Control C and Control V.

3. Style sheet Linking or Importing-which is better?

There are two ways to attach an external style sheet to your HTML page, and not all browsers understand both methods. This can be used to your advantage to feed one style sheet to modern browsers and another to Netscape 4.x, which would otherwise choke on more complex CSS. The secret is to create a simple style sheet that works in Netscape 4, with more complex CSS relegated to an additional style sheet that’s attached using @import, which Netscape 4.x will ignore:

Needless to say, web designing is purely based on one’s creativity and imagination for which there are tools that help us reach our goal.

 

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  • Do not create website entirely in Flash, avoiding creating sites in flash. If the situation demands, then an HTML version of the site is preferred.
  • Use Flash as a support for content, not the other way around. Displaying content should be the primary objective and Flash should be used only if it is really necessary.
  • Do not write text as part of the Flash file. Search engines but especially users will have trouble retrieving it.
  • Use Flash wisely and in reasonable amounts. Flash can be a nice design addition without having it interfere with how users come into contact with information.
  • Optimize Flash files as much as possible. Keeping size of Flash files to a minimum enables users to spend less time.
  • Flash is often used because it’s visually compelling. Visually disabled users are unable to enjoy or appreciate the visuals and the animation like average people do. Special care must be taken when designing with Flash and considering accessibility issues.

 

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Flash has been the “releaser of energy” for all the trendy web designers on the Internet because it allowed them to express more of what they wanted to say. Soon, Flash had literally taken over thousands of websites. While Flash can be successfully used in web sites with profiles in music, multimedia, online games, interactive activities etc, on most sites Flash is used for the sake of using it and raises serious issues for users.

  • Most users are still – despite what many believe – on slow Internet connections such as dial up. Flash is not bandwidth friendly and many designers do not create Flash files bearing this issue in mind. Users on slow connections have to wait a fair bit of time before the web page with Flash loads.
  • There are still many users who do not have the Flash player installed and they are not willing to or don’t know how to do it.

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There are very good reasons why limiting the use of Flash is important:

1. Information embedded in Flash is often invisible to search engines

 

Most Internet navigators begin a web session with a search engine. Information hidden in graphics formats, such as Flash, is difficult, if not impossible, to find and process. While search engines such as Google try their best to extract links and textual content buried in Flash objects, the process is far from perfect. Sites constructed completely in Flash often offer very little textual information – consequently what information a search engine does find ranks poorly. Even sites partially constructed using Flash often “hide” their internal site links using Flash based site navigation.

 

2. Website reporting on Flash navigation is problematic and cumbersome

 

Web analytics systems help marketing professionals evaluate website visitor behavior in and around a website, providing actionable information valuable in improving a website’s business performance.

 

Web analytics tagging is often an after thought. Flash Action Script coding adds extra implementation cost and complexity. Flash designer(s) are often unfamiliar with web analytics requirements and thus don’t consider Flash events tagging requirements during site design. Implemented tag verification is a tedious process as it requires waiting for data to appear in the reporting system – hours or days later. Flash does not provide referrer information, making it very difficult to track navigation paths.

 

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As mention in a past posting (http://projectcenter.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/web-design-flash/), Flash is an animated component that is usually used as intro to a website, but can be implemented within web pages as well.

Keep in mind that entire websites can be created from the Flash software, but there are big issues with that approach. First, it means that your site will probably need more bandwidth over the internet for a viewer to load the website. Second, once the Flash website is created, it is cumbersome to make any changes at a later time. Third, if a client needs to change designers (i.e. the designer goes out of business or does not provide good customer service), the client needs to have and give access to the Flash source file. Without the source file, Flash needs to be recreated rather than revised, which increases the cost of the project.

As a suggestion, it might be a good idea to ask a prospective designer what softwares they will use to create a client website.

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Flash is a wonderful tool to make a website more attractive, but clients need to be aware that there is a cost associated to such a feature. Flash is an animated component that is usually used as intro to a website, but can be implemented within web pages as well. Here is an example of a website with Flash: http://www.cavancommercial.com/.

It is hard to say how much more Flash can cost, but it can add anywhere from 10% to 30%, depending on how much is being created.

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