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killer tips for beginners!!

Discussion in 'Design' started by arunpattnaik, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. arunpattnaik

    arunpattnaik Senior Member Webmaster

    Hello guys,

    Here is my first tutorial on UWW. Being a web designer myself, i'd love to start a thread on the best practices on starting a web design. As this thread for super-beginners :)D sweet) , I'm keeping it real short.

    To start with, I'll advice you NOT to copy any design already running live. I know most of you beginner guys would be tempted to do it, but it'll hamper your career when you are into real projects. Instead, you can take inspiration from your "reference" websites, that''s something most designers do, and is okay legally. Do not use free templates, it's not going to help you ever.

    Below are few tips which will help you start up, if not achieve heights :D .

    • Thoroughly plan your website with you client before you start working.
    • Design webpages that load quickly, i.e, use less images and more text.
    • Simplify navigation, DONT use fancy javascript menus, keep it simple.
    • Be consistent with fonts, colors and menu locations. Dont confuse the visitors, or they'll never return.
    • Use plenty of 'white space'.
    • Preview your website on as many different platforms/browsers as possible to eliminate bugs. Mainly IE, mozilla and opera browsers.
    • Don't make pages too long - users don't like to scroll down too far.
    • Keep graphics to a minimum to reduce load times.
    • Carefully select colors, dont hurt the visitor's eyes by using too much red or yellow or aqua, you know what i mean:kneeled:.
    • Keep sufficient contrast between the text and background.
    • Use fonts that are appropriate to your content. I personally prefer arial and verdana. They suit every website's taste.
    • Keep line-length at a comfortable size.
    • Don't overuse flashing/animated graphics, they're outdated now.
    • Write as shortly and clearly as possible, golden rule for web 2.0.
    • Break text into logical blocks, nobody likes to read big chunks.
    I took these tips from the internet itself and compiled and modified them for beginners. I hope it helps. Ask if you have doubts on any point above.
  2. chetan1

    chetan1 New Member Webmaster

    Hi Arun
    U have mention your own experience.Its good to be post here. I saw many guys just paste from sites but ur way of guidance to beginners is nice enough.
    Keep it up.
  3. Cryxellis

    Cryxellis New Member Webmaster

    Thanks for the tips, those are really helpful specially to those new in this field.. :thumbsup::goodjobsign:
  4. Arleigh

    Arleigh New Member Webmaster

    Great list of tips. They are really useful for web designer beginners.
  5. SkinnerW

    SkinnerW New Member Webmaster

    Isn't that funny...

    I was recently doing some research on local web design companies (know your competition :) ) and found more than enough of them.

    Many try to display some credentials, customer feedback, large portfolios and ofcorse whole bunch of "proper design" tips.

    What kills me - more than HALF of theirs own sites are not working properly in Fairfox. :death:

    So... once again I will join OP with his suggestion - ALWAYS check your site in multiple browsers. :rtfm:
  6. camp185

    camp185 New Member Webmaster

    And multiple versions of those browsers. Half the corporate world is usually one browser version behind.
  7. SticKer

    SticKer New Member Webmaster

    Very well written. Its the simplest that anyone can explain. Good for beginners as well as professionals.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 3, 2008
  8. shyntaxx

    shyntaxx New Member Webmaster

    Nice post thanks for that will use it in the future ..

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