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Simple Web Design Tips For Any Site

When it comes to designing a website there are some very simple things to do and some very simple things not to do to make it a successful design and achieve what it is being created for. Funny then, that too many designers still don’t do what they should – and do what they shouldn’t!

Follow these tips to get started on your cheap website design – that doesn’t look cheap!

Fonts

Always choose legible fonts for the body of your content. Most popular and well designed websites use Arial or Verdana for a very good reason – they are easy to read and will render correctly on all computers and mobile devices. The fact that they are Sans Serif is also important.

You can be a little more adventurous with your headings, but you’re still going to want to stick to something like Trebuchet or Georgia. The latter is Serif but if used big enough, as headings often are, this won’t cause a problem.

Line spacing is also important. Have your paragraphs too cramped and it will be difficult to read, too wide apart and the page will look ugly as well! Imagine you’re reading a book, the line spacing is usually 1.5 lines. You want to achieve something similar on screen.

Also consider line length. This will tie in with the width of your website as well (aim for 900-1000 pixels and TEST it), as your line length will need to fit within it. However, it should never be more than 600 pixels. Newspapers and magazines use thin columns and short lines to make it easier to finish one line fast and find the next. In web design you don’t need to have such short lines, but the principle applies nonetheless.

Images

Images are an integral part of a website design and should be used to enhance the content. They don’t to overpower the words or distract from what you want your visitor to do ( for example, sign up to a newsletter, buy a product, make contact with you).

That’s why you shouldn’t use background images or animated gifs, as they are a distraction and often off putting to those visiting your site. They give a bad impression.

In addition, they slow down how long it takes for your site to load. You only have a few seconds to catch someone’s attention – make it count and don’t waste their time by having long page load times thanks to pointless images!

That’s also a very good reason to compress all your images before you use them. There are several programs around that can reduce your image file sizes to the bare minimum.

Additional Page Elements

Avoid pop up windows, links the same colour as the text, opening internal links in new windows or tabs and scrolling or flashing text.

Always put a link to your homepage on every page – and don’t limit it to a clickable logo, put the word on there too, as not everyone knows to click on the logo. Also include your navigation menu on every page so your visitors can get around your site quickly and easily.

All very simple and seemingly obvious tips for you to use in your next cheap website design!

About the author: Ben Greenwood is writing on behalf of the Cheap Web Design Company, experts in cheap web design.

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9 thoughts on “Simple Web Design”

  1. can someone help me out on simple web design?
    need a code where it makes the whole backround black with just 2 pictures about 600x 400 and with words under them, or words when they are hovered over. thanks!

  2. what is a simple Web Design software?
    can anyone tell me what is a simple web design software. I basically just want to design a simple web site for my company. nothing fanciful… but prefer drop down menu…

  3. Is there a simple web design for Imac?
    Hi I have moved up to an Imac and was wondering is anyone new of a simple web design program similiar to microsoft expressions????

  4. Well, you could try out iWeb which comes bundled on new Macs as part of the iLife suite…I’ve heard it was pretty decent even though I haven’t tried it myself.

  5. What do I need to start a simple Web-Design business?
    I’m a young kid barely going into college but need extra $
    so I decided to build web-pages for a while. I know I will get really good at it after a while. Anyways, I have software and stuff to build pages. Do I need any type of Licensing?
    What do I need 2 run my business?

  6. I totally hear you, this is what I did… actually do. You have to be four people.

    First you have to be a good designer. This only takes time and practice and good use of the internet for free tutorials (I’d link, but I don’t know what software you use).

    Second, you have to be a good programmer. For some companies, this is two people, one who develops/designs and one who programs. The software program you use is probably 100% compatable for any programming needs. You’ll know a programming question if it’s “how do I get it to…” That too takes time and good use of tutorials. Maybe even purchasing some books on scripting language.

    Third, you have to be a business person. You will need to do basic stuff like registering with your state, in Florida you can incorporate online for $85 (this means having articles of incorporation). You’ll also need an EIN from the IRS, you can get that free online, instantly. You’ll also need to do basic bookkeeping. You don’t have to be a whiz at math, just keep track of all monies. Keep receipts, make invoices, keep copies of all checks, keep everything!

    Fourth, you have to be your own marketing guy. You can do everything else great, but if no one knows you’re there… Do some basic stuff like yellowpages, web site (should be easy for you) and that. But the best marketing comes from word of mouth. If you can, do some web sites pro bono for people who are connected to lots of other people and then you have someone who got a free website, you got a reference and practice (without the pressure of money involved) and if you’re lucky a referral on to other people…

    need any further info just holler, jasonherndon@yahoo.com.

    Good luck!

  7. I am looking for Web Design simple courses on line?
    I am looking for simple / user friendly courses / programs that will assist me in learning how to create , update web sites.

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