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Tips For A Good Web Design

Posted on : 16-04-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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What is main goal of a good web design? Put it simply it is to produce an attractive and fully functional website that will convince visitors of your website to take action. This involves placing together a web design with great graphics, easy navigation, logical layout and good content.


Content is one of the most important element for a good web design. Thus, it is critical to place together contents with the correct grammar and spelling. You can make use of free online spelling and grammar checker to check your content. You are never short of choices when it comes to using online grammar checker. Just goggle ‘online grammar checker’ for the list of free spelling & grammar check utilities.

These aspects will enforce your capabilities. It is also significant for a web design to be compatible with many browsers. The website design must work properly with most widely used browsers. It would be safer to stay away from exaggerated special effects that may not be supported in some browsers. You need to ensure that the widgets in your website is backward compatible with older versions of the same browser.

Cross browser compatibility testing used to be quite a challenging and time consuming job in the past. Well, not anymore as it is quite straightforward and easy to test your web pages nowadays. You can try browser testing services such as those offer by browsershots.org and http://spoon.net/browsers/ to check out how your web page will look like under different browsers.

Those who are more technical savvy can make use of VMWare software to checkout their website on various browsers running on different operating systems.

As most Internet users are considered impatient and since studies have shown that people will click away if a web page takes longer than 10 seconds to load, it is essential for your web design to have proper consideration when it comes to the graphics and photos.

Be sure you optimize your photos and other graphics to see to it that it will not contribute to the slow loading of your page. Apply the ALT HTML tag so people with graphics turned off and those using hand held devices know what the picture is.

Multimedia is also an inevitable aspect of web design. It is made up of flash movies, video clips, audio clips and background music. It is extremely recommended to employ streaming media as it slims down download time. Also, do not forget the 10 second rule in adding multimedia.

Your web design should incorporate navigability. Your site’s navigation should be simple and intuitive. Recent studies have also found out that if visitors do not see what they want in 3 clicks, they will abandon a site. Thus, it is recommended that every essential area of your website should be accessible within three clicks from anywhere else on the website.

You can engage a good web master to design the website for you if you are not familiar with website design. There are many freelance web masters which can do a very good job at a reasonable price. Go to www.elance.com to checkout.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider website design tools such as BlinkWeb. BlinkWeb is a powerful WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get ) tool that facilitate the building of website in couple of minutes!.

With good sense and planning, your web design can be both useful and attract visitors. Ultimately this translate to increase traffic to your website.

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Building A Website Or A Blog – Using Free Hosting

Posted on : 06-01-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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At first glance, it seems pretty easy to jump start any online business. Cash tight and no money to invest in online business? No problem, you don’t need much capital anyway (with the exception of the computer and Internet online access).

Don’t know how to design a website? No problem either, there are many software Internet Marketing tools that offload the technical aspect of web site design and implementation for you. You can sign up and make use of some of the automated software tools, mostly completely free of charge.

One of the best free web site building tools is BlinkWeb . Just sign up for an account and you are good to go. It is a very user friendly system and you could easily get a good website created up and running in minutes.

There are many other online free website building tools apart from BlinkWeb. The important thing to take note is that you need to find one which do not contain advertisements and banners on the website you created using free account or free membership. Sign up for one which provide options for you to seamlessly upgrade all your websites created using free account into paid services and accounts should the need arise.

If you are new to blogging and interested to give it a try, one of the best blogging platform to use is WordPress. Another blogging platform that you may wish to consider is Google sponsored blogger hosted platform.

If you are a newbie and beginner to online business, you may be curious as for a start which blogging platform should you use namely WordPress or Blogger. The various blogging platforms has its own advantages and merits and which platform you should go for depends pretty much on your blogging objective.

In my personal opinion and experience, Blogger would be a better choice in terms of flexibility to quickly setup and to incorporate Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates into the blog. Google Adsense and Amazon affiliate marketing are two online marketing business models which you can quickly implement to earn some money.

Blogger platform comes ready with Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliate widgets installation support. You just need to follow the instructions and steps along the way to apply for Google Adsense or Amazon Affiliate account. Once the accounts are approved, you can proceed quickly to install the widget , usually with just a few mouse clicks.

You may also wish to consider other free blogging platforms such as B2Evolution, typepad and last but not least movabletype to name a few.

If you intend to monetize your blogs on a long term basis, it is strongly recommended that apart from hosted free blog platforms such as Blogger or WordPress.org you should apply for a domain URL and subscribe to a paid web hosting service company such as HostSo to host your websites and blogs.

Please refer to my previous posting on why you should not focus all your entire efforts on hosted free blogging platform services such as Google sponsored blogger platform. There are many limitations to using free hosted website or free hosted blog platform services.

Some of these limitations and restrictive terms renders free hosting services completely unsuitable for normal operation of online business. For instance, limitation in terms of disk space, databases, email addresses, FTP accounts and other host of services which is critical to the success of online business.

Free hosted blog platform such as Google blogger can be use as early staging for your online business campaigns. One of the better free hosting services that you could sign up with is freehost.

This free hosting service provides you with ample disk space of 1500MB, SQL databases, web mail, auto installer scripts and many more. You could use this hosting service to learn more about WordPress installation, themes, widgets, plug-ins and etc.

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