Website Graphic Tools, Design, and Layout

General Overview and Organization of Your Site

There is a lot to say about the design and layout of a web page, but I will try to keep this as uncomplicated as possible.

Overall Content and Purpose of your Website

• Be aware of the content of your blog or website. First, determine what you want to tell your readers and stick to that topic. In reading many blogs, I find they have a tendency to jump around a lot. It’s essential that you keep the purpose of your site in mind and not to deviate from that.

• Next think about organization. What is the logical flow of topics that you want to discuss and put them in that order. Remember that readers go to your site for a purpose, and they expect the content to be in order. It is perhaps best to map out a flow chart or diagram before you begin.

Your Homepage

• Think your homepage as the sites table of contents. From the home page, the readers can go to other links or pages to get the exact content or information they want.

• Choose clean and neat themes or templates from your website builder. However, if you have some extra money, there’s nothing wrong with paying for customizable templates that can add style to your page. Don’t use image backgrounds and badly designed templates that look cheap and amateurish. Remember, first impressions are critical.

Text and body

• Your text and body should be easy and readable. When designing the colors of your page you are best to keep them simple and appealing. Keep in mind the people are there to read your content and not look at splashy objects in your site. Light or pastel colors are the best, and the background to your text is best kept clean and white. In general, don’t use anything that will distract your readers from the text.

• In the text body, avoid floating or flashing images or anything that is too obtrusive to the readers. Avoid using big and bulky images or too many plug-ins in the content of your blog or site. One or two images are OK but make sure that they are related. These eye catchy icons can be placed at your side bar or at the end of your post. They also take much more time to load and will drive your visitors away.

• Avoid adding annoying sounds such as mouse click sounds, beeps, etc. It is common for people as they develop their skills in web design to want to try out all the bells and whistles available. To the novice developer this sounds cool. But in reality it is nothing more than distracting.

• Be sure to do grammar checks and spell checks after you have finished. Literate people will easily notice your poor spelling and poor grammar, and it is particularly distracting, to say the least. Lastly, check and double check to make sure your content is readable and understandable.

• After you have completed your home page and it looks presentable, it’s time to think about your links. A link is simply a way of going from your main page to additional pages. In other words, these will be the chapters of your book. For example, if your website is about cooking, you will start off by telling your readers about yourself on the main page, and the next pages of your site will be recipe 1, recipe 2, etc. Creating links is a fairly straightforward procedure, and your site host will likely have a written tutorial or video about this.

• Bear in mind that the linked pages should have the same visual presentation as your home page. If you have a clear white text background on your home page, the linked pages should be the same. Also, be sure to allow your readers to navigate from page to page by placing a neat, organized, and presentable menu on the top or side of the home page. It is also beneficial to have a navigation menu, preferably the same layout as that of your homepage, on each linked page.

Additional information

• Make your website or post is accessible to your visitors. By using some social media buttons, such as facebook they will able to bookmark your page and drive more traffic to it. This is critical if you intend to develop an online business in the future.

• Review your site before publishing, It is always crucial to check and review everything before hitting the “submit” button.

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