Items to consider when designing your web site.
First and in my mind, not the hardest decision to make, is
what kind (format) of web site you want. Each style has it's pro's and con's, which must
be taken into consideration by you. By what kind I mean:
a) HTML, hyper text markup language, by for the
most common of all the web sites. Pro's,
the easiest of all the languages for clients to change and update
themselves. Able to be viewed without and addins on the users
browser. Also the easiest language for search engines (Google,
Yahoo, MSN & AOL) to be able to read your web site and include it for
better positioning, closer to the top 10 choices when people search for
you. Called search engine optimization (SEO). lot's of bells and whistles available for html. This site is
an example of HTML. Con's, coding can
be longer and not as much action.
I always will recommend html based website for new users.
b) Flash Based
web site (click here for an example of
Flash). Pro's, very flashy
presentation, more like a slide show. Con's,
search engines can't see the information, text inside the site, so you
don't list high when people search for you, many pages down.
Take's major work to do any changes to the web site. Clients or
future clients can't right click and copy and images or print the page
to keep for reference.
c) ASP, active server
here for a asp based web example). Pro's, great for a store
front, runs off MS Access database. Con's, hard to change the base
look of the website. Search engines cant see the information, text
inside the site, so you don't list high when people search for you, many
pages down. Has to be hosted on a windows based server.
one of the two hardest items to choose is what
kind of navigation (menu) system for your web? The reason this is
difficult is simple, there are many different navigation system to choose
a) Simple button menu, like this web site at the top or you
can use images that change as your mouse passes over
(click here for an
example of image based buttons).
b) Navigation Bar with
no drop down. Can be along the top (horizontal) or at the side
(vertical). (click here
for horizontal example -
or here for vertical)
c) Navigation Bar with drop down, for large web sites with lots of options
or information. Can be along the top (horizontal) or at the side
(vertical). (click here for
horizontal example -
or here for
d) Navigation Bar with tabs & drop downs. Along the top only, with or
without drop downs. (click
here for an example)
Third and also difficult is the look &
background of your web site. This becomes important because this is after
all an electronic brochure in full color. Color affects how people feel -
white, bright happy - browns & grays, dark and cold.
a) Color, either a solid color or gradient color.
b) Image, light enough not to block the text. The image can move as
you scroll down the page or be locked in place as the text moves.
Look at other web sites and see what you like. This is the easiest way
to start coming up with ideas for your site. After all you don't want
to copy a web but you can take the things you like from a few webs to create
the best of what you like.