Helpful Posts About Web Design
HTML is the lingua franca of the web. Virtually all content on the web uses HTML. Yet people who write and edit content for web typically seek to avoid having to deal with HTML by using WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors. While WYSIWYG editors can be convenient, and are often a reasonable way to edit content, they are also the source of much grief.
If you are planning to have a new website designed and built, you're probably wondering what it will cost. The truth is that a website could cost virtually nothing, or it could cost $500,000. It is a little like asking "what will it cost to build a house?"
Forms are where the rubber meets the road for most websites. Until a visitor fills out a form, they are just passing through. Forms are where you capture leads, add people to your community, accept requests, and so forth.
University academic departments have some unique challenges when it comes to their websites. They typically have few, if any, marketing resources, and all too often their websites are built by volunteers from within the department. We applaud the volunteers for their energy and enthusiasm, but unfortunately they generally lack the skills to create an outstanding website.
Websites are most effective if they are kept up-to-date. While this fact may seem almost too obvious to state, the harsh reality is that most sites aren't updated nearly as often as they should be. If you are having a new website built for you, make sure you are going to be able to add and edit content yourself, without needing any technical knowledge.
Rather than starting with a desktop site and slimming it down to create a mobile version, the mobile-first approach begins with a mobile design, and then adds to that for the desktop version. Virgin America has been testing a new site that takes this approach to its limit.
Building a responsive site adds new challenges for web designers and developers. You need to consider how columns shrink and shift as the screen size changes, as well as how images are scaled. User interface components such as navigation bars, tabs, and carousels must also adapt to varying screen sizes. Fortunately, you don't need to figure all this out from scratch. Two years ago, Twitter open-sourced a framework that the company created for its website redesign, and named it Bootstrap.
Perhaps the most common place website designs go wrong is in their navigation. Often, some simple changes will dramatically increase the number of visitors who find what they're looking for.
If you're like many of the clients who come to us for help with their websites, it is often hard to get your arms around just what is involved. We've found that some analogies to things everyone is familiar with—building a house, and planting a gardent‐are often helpful.