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What are the Characteristics of Good Web Site Designc

There are many different and often contradictory views and perceptions of the qualities that make for good Web site design. One also has to take into account current trends and popular styles in modern design, which can differ according to personal preferences.

Despite these variables there are some central characteristics of good site design that have emerged in the last few years, and which are generally perceived by pundits as being core features of good design. While design and creative layout remains an area dictated by personal taste and perception it is important to be aware of generally accepted characteristics in order to assess the comparative visual creativity of one’s own Web site.

A feature that is emphasized repeatedly by many designers is the tendency towards simplicity of design and structure of a Web site. Achieving simplicity of design however is not as easy as it might sound. The modern trend is towards a more minimalist interface and page layout, which facilitates ease of access to the site and usability features. One of the reasons for this trend is that as the number of Web sites proliferates at an even increasing rate, there is a need to create sites that have a clear and obvious message and aim.

Simplicity of layout is therefore a characteristic that is evident in some of the best Web sites around. Very often this refers to a simple one or two column structure. Pages are also read from top to bottom. The days of the complex and involved site structure that requires time to figure out in order to navigate are definitely outdated. A good example of the modern stylistic approach is a site like Protolize (Protolize.org).

One of the main design principles that many Webmasters have lived by in recent years was that it was wise to reduce the amount of scrolling necessary to view a page. However, the modern tendency is for a centered orientation in Web design, rather than the previous left aligned, fixed-width layouts. Many top modern sites have the content centered on the page, which often requires some scrolling. While excessive scrolling is certainly not a good design characteristic, the modern view is that some scrolling is acceptable when it is offset against the better use of white space and content that is situated around a central axis.
In line with the above, there is also a relatively new tendency to focus on the design of the content and not the page itself. In other words, there is less focus on designing a page background for instance and rather paying more attention given to the way that the content is presented on a Web page. This follows from the view that effective communication and not mere decoration should be the main focus of a good Web site.

As designer Phil Brisk states, designers often become focused on detail rather than on paying attention to the way that the content is presented, “With your ‘design’ head on, concentrating on crafting and perfecting style elements, it’s easy to forget to step back and see things through the eyes of your users.(http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/dont_decorate_communicate.cfm) He also makes the important point reflected in many modern successful Web sites that, while it is important to make use of eye-catching design elements to create flair and excitement on a site, “these elements must always be relevant and appropriate, and not distract from a clear, coherent whole effect.” (http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/dont_decorate_communicate.cfm)

This statement encapsulates a central aspect of the modern trend in site design. In more practical terms this refers to aspects such as more open and less boxed-in page layouts as well as the use of color and visual effects to draw attention to the content rather than the aesthetics of the page. As another pundit states, “the focus is on making the site’s subject look good, rather than making the web designer look good”. (http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/current-style.cfm). In the light of these views, aspects such central content alignment become important as it focuses attention on the content, as well as providing a sense of balance and simplistic creative design. A good example of a site that takes this view to the point of minimalism is that of Garrett Dimon’s blog (GarrettDimon.com). This site is designed for maximum access to content.

There are many other design aspects that conform to the modern perception of a good’ website that are worth mentioning. Navigation is conventionally situated on the left side of the page or on the topbar. The latest trend is to rather place navigational elements on the right side of the page. This may be a trend that is linked to the way that navigation in most Blogs function. Similarly, right side navigation also has the advantage of making the content more visible and prominent.

There are many other aspects such as color usage, which have tended to become more low key and less garish. In terms of font size, the general trend has been to move away from very small illegible font sizes to larger fonts to make online reading more user-friendly. All of these trends point towards the central factor in contemporary Web design; namely that content, and access to instant information are key factors in modern Web design.

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10 thoughts on “Designed Web Page”

  1. An example of a poorly designed web page?
    For my Graphics Design class I have to give an example of a poorly designed/structured web page, anyone have any in mind? Thank you. ;3

  2. Why my web page designed with Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 is not well visualized in high resolution screens?
    The web page I designed with Adobe Dreamweaver cannot be correctly displayed in high screen resolutions. In my laptop, with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixeles it appears well, but in higher resolutions it doesn’t. In higher resolution some pictures cover my text. Can anyone help me to fix it?

  3. I already have a web-page designed and everything, i would like to transfer ed it to another web-hosting site?
    I already have a web-page designed and everything, i would like to transfer ed it to another web-hosting site, How can i do for transferring web hosting sites ?

  4. This sounds more like a browser issue or operating system issue than a screen resolution issue. Are you using the same internet browsers on both PCs? Internet Explorer might interpret pages differently than Mozilla Firefox for example. Are you using tables or layers in your web pages? Layers can be funky and are often misinterpreted by different browsers. Is it possible that you have a misplace tag somewhere in your code that is being misinterpreted as well?

  5. how can i put the web page i designed on the web?
    Due to demand, I am beginning to design web pages among other things for my small graphic design company. Clients are pleased with the design on a CD, but are requesting that I actually get the page to their chosen domain, or help them with the process. I am not sure how to go about this. I have looked into Yahoo web hosting, but it seems that you have to create from their template. I am using an art software that publishes the website to pdf. I don’t mind paying for the space, I would just charge the client a little more.

  6. How much would it be to have a simple web page designed and uploaded? How much to have a domain an have hosted?
    How much would it be to have a simple web page designed and uploaded? How much to have a domain an have hosted ? Any idea the cost and sources to get the work done ? Please advise your ideas. THANKS!

  7. Since you are creating your own websites, you will need to be willing to learn HTML or use one of the WYSIWYG programs like FrontPage or DreamWeaver. You mentioned that your software creates a PDF. That’s great to show what the website would look like for your clients, but at some point it needs to be in HTML for the Web. You’ll also need an ftp program to upload your stuff. There’s a good free one for personal use called “FTP Explorer”. A good one to buy would be WS_FTP Pro.

    If your client doesn’t already have a hosting company, I suggest ReadyHosting. You get 100GB of space unlimted e-mail accounts, FTP access and domain name registration all for $99 a year.

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    My Son’s Travel Team’s Website (ATSpace.com – FREE)
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    Family Website (ATSpace.com – FREE, GoDaddy domain)
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  8. Hello,
    domain names can cost anywhere from $2-$15 a year. I recommend either Godaddy.com or aplus.net

    From there you can either get hosting through your registrar, or purchase hosting/web design, etc from an independent company.

    You can also find free web page building sites , but you usually can’t have a unique domain name that way.

    As for getting a page designed. Sometimes you can find a student who needs some experience and to build his/her portfolio and they can design a site for you.

    Or do a google search of web designers and pick those with the best prices for what you want.

    I work for a small web design company, and we charge $75 for the first page, and then go from there.

    That is the lower range of prices you will find. You can get a professional site built for anywhere from $50 to thousands… the sky’s the limit when it comes to pricing.

    Basically, the fancier the site you need, the higher the price.

    Hope that helps!!

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