Critical Website Design Rules

Critical Website Design Rules
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According to Wikipedia definition of web content, “Web content is the textual, visual, or aural content that is encountered as part of the user experience on websites. It may include the following—among other things:

Nicholas LaPolla write in his article four critical web design rules, am here to expantiate and explain better on the same topic and also use some of the point he mention on articlegeek.com, below are the point you must consider crucial when creating or redesigning a website

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critical web design rules

Below are the rules, kindly take your time in using this step by step in evaluating your design techniques and see that you fix every aspect of your site or blog lagging behind, if you are not already applying some the concept i may mention here in your design pattern, you can start now.

Text:

It has to do with all the textual content visible on your site in words, you can never write any content without writing any words, even though a picture means more than a thousand words, the place of text is irreplaceable, this is what determine if you are going to build an audience that understand your message. Your must avoid unnecessary text or words that’s are not relevant to your subject when writing

Images:

A digital image is a numeric representation of (normally binary) a two-dimensional image. Depending on whether the image resolution is fixed, it may be of vector or raster type images have a finite set of digital values, called picture elements or pixels. The digital image contains a fixed number of rows and columns of pixels. Pixels are the smallest individual element in an image, holding antiquated values that represent the brightness of a given color at any specific point.

Sounds or Digital audio:

Digital audio is technology that can be used to record, store, generate, manipulate, and reproduce sound using audio signals that have been encoded in digital form.

Videos:

Motion graphics are pieces of digital footage or animation which create the illusion of motion or rotation, and are usually combined with audio for use in multimedia projects. For more information on graphics, kindly visit MOTION WIKIPEDIA

Animations:

Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and the illusion of change[Note 1] by means of the rapid display of a sequence of images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon.

There are things you’ve to consider when designing, redesigning or upgrading the look and features of your website ,you can either use an IDE Platform or use an Open CMS like Joomla, WordPress etc. The process are almost the same, what differs is the platform you are working with.

According to an article written by Nicholas LaPolla, He gave four critical ways  in which you can make your site effective and lovable for searchable for search engine like Google to index and also to increase your traffic rank on alexa, am here to build on that foundation by adding to it. I will be readdressing some of the things he said in his article written on articlegeek.com/internet/web_design_articles/11291-fourcriticalweb.htm by explaining and throwing more light into it

  • East to Read Content

The first thing that was mentioned by Nicholas, was that you can’t go on well with your website or  achieve a success in building a targeted audience for your blog and website without your site  taken an Easy to Read Format, the question that most people who are not bloggers, beginners or folks who are not familiar with this word is  “What Does an Easy To Read Website mean”

According to Centre for Medicare Education , Issue Brief, No1, Volume 2, “Easy To Read means using an adult format or pattern way of writing and making information as easy to understand as possible. … Easy-to-read materials help readers understand what they need to know and what they need to do to get the information they they need.

Having said this you can now understand more on what Nicholas was saying when when he said ” the first thing you need to be sure of is that your website is easy to read. When you write content, remember that most web site visitors don’t read every word of a page – in fact most blog and site readers only scan pages to find what they want and sometimes you can applies this technique, in order to find relevant information in an article or on a page without having to waste precious time going through a page and find nothing.

  • 2Breaking up Your Content

Most readers will find it hard going through your website when you are not breaking up your content , by using paragraph when needed and using headings, sub heading , where necessary, enumerating, listing and itemizing with easy page break up make it easy for readers to easily find the information they need on your website, a mockup site will not even welcome by most SEO website like Google, SEMRUSH, Yoast, Baidu,etc.

Break up your pages as Nicholas said and use headers between major ideas so people scanning your site can find what the information they want easily. Use meaningful headers between each paragraph or major idea , don’t use an header that is not relevant to the body of your message, let your word buttress on what you highlighted in your article healine- this helps with SEO to index your headlines, sub headline. Headers should be created with the H1 through H4 tags for SEO. Always use good writing structure. Additionally, avoid long paragraphs that run on. You should break up any long paragraphs.

  • Color and Fonts

Just like you cannot have a good driving without checking the oil of your car and see what maintenance needs to be one before driving out, you can have a good and standard blog with a mixed up color, no matter how good you are in designing and arranging your pages or headlines in your website, having a black background and a brown text color will be a disaster for you and your visiting, you must have a good color sense, you can visit W3C School to help you choose wisely how you use color on your website.

In order To help readability of your pages, use high contrast colors between font and background. Black text against a white background may seem stark, but it is very readable. To make a website easy on the eyes, try an off-white background and a dark gray (almost black) text color.

Things to avoid with content color:

  • Avoid vibrant background colors like purple or yellow. Such back colors make text difficult to read.
  • Avoid using an image behind your text.
  • Avoid using bright text colors on bright backgrounds.

Fonts Matter

One simple statement covers the font issue: One of the things you cannot overlook on your website is the fonts you are using, Simple fonts are the best; the more fancy the font, the harder it is to read, no matter how informative your content may be, once it is difficult to read , the purpose of writing and building an audience has been defeated,

No athlete makes it, putting on their suit and formal, while on the field for the race.

Likewise you cannot make a good content with a bad font, you have to keep it simple, this include any kind of site, maintaining such culture makes you a better content writer and your audience will always be delighted to read your blog all the time.

Since many browsers only have the standard font set, use standard fonts. In reality, there is no “standard”, but there are certain fonts that are installed on most browsers. These include Arial, Verdana, Tahoma and Times New Roman, Sans – Serif, etc. Your readers will see something different than you see if you use other fonts.

Standard Compliant Browser for Development

When developing and testing your website or blog, use a Standards compliant browser like FireFox or Chrome. If you develop your site to be standards compliant, it will work in most browsers, including MS Internet Explorer (IE). It is recommended that you test your site using the latest and last browser versions of IE (IE6 and IE7). To run multiple versions of IE on the same machine,  and make sure it’s mobile friendly, since it’s recorded that over 60% of blog or site users access them on their website, TredoSoft.com has a free installer that will install multiple versions of IE. It works great!

 

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