Most people think flashy sites are going to gain more visitors; this is only the case for those with speedy Internet connections. Like any successful site, it should be simple so that people can get to their information quickly and easily. Outlined below are some helpful tips to keep your website simple and clean.
Choosing the right graphics can either make or break a website. PNGs work well, but bitmap images may be too big. For non-photographic images, text buttons, and screen shots, use PNG or GIF. You can use Jpegs for photos.
Have your website prominently feature a tagline. A tagline is seen as a statement that tells people what a business’s site is about. You only have about 10 seconds to gain and keep hold of your visitors’ attention from the time they first hit your site.
Visitors want to have access to a website quickly, which is why your pages should load easily. Realize that visitors to your site have many options and will just go somewhere else if your site does not load right away.
Successful websites work well with any browser, so you’ll need to do some testing of your paging using various browsers. What may work great in Firefox, may not work well in Internet Explorer or Chrome. Prior to formally launching your site, verify that it displays correctly in each of these popular browsers.
Make sure that you get rid of any material that is outdated on your site. If your page is promoting a special event that happened 6 months ago, you have already 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 Users will spend time on websites that are well-maintained, and the presence of your outdated information will tell them that your site it not being properly cared for.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.
Design your page so that previously entered information is saved and automatically used to fill in informational boxes. For instance, if someone fills out a form using personal information, he or she should have to enter that same information in again when he or she goes to fill out an additional form. “Sticky” data will ensure that the user fills out all the forms they need to instead of leaving when it becomes too difficult.
Clearly, even though flash makes a website very appealing in many ways, it can also be problematic in terms of download time. Once you understand simple web design, you can build a great site. Follow the tips presented here to create a good looking, user friendly website.