What makes a good WEBSITE:
The most important element of a website is its content. An interesting, informative and dynamic (updated frequently) content makes people visit the site again and again. The flashy colours or animated images look good at first but they never compell us to visit a site again and again. Only good content can do that.
Web is primarily a visual medium and its quite cumbersome to read text screen after screen. Try to keep the content to the point. Never elaborate.
Try not to Bold and Italicise the text too much, it gives an ameturish touch to your website. Sometimes underlined text get users confused with a hyperlink. Try avoiding it too. Make sure that the font size is even throughout. Do not wildly vary the size unless required.
Leave lots of blank spaces. Text on computer screens is hard to read, so don't cram up your text. Start lots of new paragraphs, and leave plenty of spaces between words and objects. Headings or horizontal rules are a good way to do this.
Do not use flashy colours as explained above. Try to select a good and readable combination of colour scheme. White text on black background may look classy but its difficult to read specially when text size is small.
There are many things that make your web page look a bit different as what you expected:
- Sometimes web page view gets distorted on lower resolutions. Give a message on your website as "Website is best viewed in 1024X768" or anything like that.
- The person viewing the web page may have certain settings different from yours.
- To prevent your sites to look weird on text-only browsers you can add 'ALT' tags to ALL your images. If there is no alternative text that makes sense, use alt="" - this will help text-only browsers more than you will believe.
- You can add a site search to your site. This will allow users to search your entire site easily and quickly.
- Make sure that wherever your visitor is in your site, they can get to any other area. Also make sure they know where they are!!
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