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The virtual world has become an integral part of everyone’s life in the present day communication age.  This makes it increasingly important for web developers to create interesting web pages. We designers need to understand the psyche of readers, or their target audience to give them what they want in the most efficient, and user friendly way.  In effect, good web design is all about understanding the user. Utility, easy accessibility and easy reading is what brings readers to read your webpage. People do not read every word of the page, but have an inherent tendency to scan through information and filter out what is of no relevance to them. The design of the webpage has to be such that it impels the reader to …

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We are big fans of CSS as you know.  We have showed how it is superior to table design layouts, in every conceivable way.  It is so easy to modify design, allow implementation of several designers to work on different aspects of a web design, and it allows seperation of design elements.  What is not to love? For this reason, it is not only loved and adored, but written about.  So we have included over 53 links to various articles about CSS, that have been written about it.  This is good news if you use CSS to design and develop websites, as you can use this as a quick reference guide.  They really are worth dying for, and if you don’t believe me, give them …

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The category page is a page that lists the links to other parts of your website.  It is a little like an index at the beginning of a book.  The idea behind a category page is to make it easy for the user to see what there is on offer, and to select what they want to see, or download.  If the category page in your web design is good, then users are more likely to stay with you.  So these category page design tips, should make life easier. By keeping the category page fairly simple and straight forward, the user can quickly find and select the web content that they want to see.  If a user is overwhelmed by graphical content, or text that …

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  Over at Smashingmagazine.com, they have over 80 useful links to Ajax – based techniques.  They were so good we thought we would show them here too, save a few mouse clicks after all. We feel these would be good to keep to hand, so you do not have to go through hundreds of Ajax related bookmarks, so these should come in handy! We hope these prove useful, and we are sure that the techniques on calenders, interactive elements, visual effects, and animations, should keep you busy. Ajax is after all, very propular for RIA’s, and we are sure that many of you enjoy using it, and use it often. We plan to bring you more of this sort of thing in the future, so keep …

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The first thing to realise about Web 2.0, is that it is not an update on Web 1.0.  This may sound a little strange, but it represents the introduction of concepts rather than an update of internet protocols utilised by HTTP.  As a web designer, it is how you incorporate and utilise these concepts in your web design, that is important. Web 2.0 was a term that was coined rather than developed, and in essence it describes how the web is being used by users, and developed by developers.  To understand Web 2.0, we must look at Web 1.0. Web 1.0 is the standard protocols as used in HTML, but if Web 2.0 relates to the new concepts the web is being developed for, then …

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Search engine optimisation is a topic we have covered a few times over the last few weeks, and have dealt with it from a number of angles.  A newer perspective however, is called for, and this is to use keywords for SEO success. The need for good, well thought out SEO writing is more prevalent then ever before.  Web pages need to be able to pull in the traffic, and to do that, web pages have to have text that pulls the search engine spiders towards it. As we have mentioned before, it is not solely about repeating keywords, but making the article meaningful, and interesting enough to retain the reader.   So just listing keywords will not cut it to bring the traffic your way, …

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The web page is your canvas, and where all the action happens.  This goes without saying, but it is also the place that makes or breaks you.  Below are some web design tips for web pages, to keep them as good as they can be, and not pages that make you want to click on another site.  It is important to keep images as small as possible, slow pages are bad for traffic retention, so keep the size to a minimum.  Ensure that the pictures are as optimised as they can be to this end.   Unless the image is a design image, make sure that any graphics on the screen are relevant to the site.  No need to put a picture of your favourite …

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 The concept of conversion rates is simple.  It is the amount of visitors that visit a website and make a sale, compared to the amount of visitors that visit a website and do not purchase anything.  Though there are many factors which apply to higher conversion rates- advertisements, and other marketing techniques being high on the list.  Optimising conversion rates through better web design, also ranks high on the agenda. Most designers focus on the sales funnel when designing sites where the aim is to sell something to the visitor.  In other words they focus on the shopping cart, checkout, and product pages.  There is nothing wrong with this in principle, but the most effective method to optimise conversation rates, is to have advertisements and …

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There are certain fundamental elements every website should have, and one of these is a site map.  They are an invaluable addition to any website, both in terms of audience readership, and in terms of making your website more readable to search engines.  This article will detail why your site needs a site map. It may seem like an odd place to start, but many web designers ask their clients for a site map in the first instance.  This allows them to get a feel for how big the site will be, and subsequently, what kind of layout each page of the site will have.  See out articles on navigation for clarification on this.  If you think of the site map as a blueprint for …

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After reading our previous article, I would not disbelieve you if you told me you are shaking your head in disbelief.  Remember though, a website can be a creative medium in which freedom of expression can show itself, and though many business leaders and control editors, are probably wishing for that bus to come and run me over, there are no hard and fast rules as to where should navigation links appear on a website. The main reason most website adopt either the horizontal, vertical, or a combination of the two, for a layout template, is that it is fairly logical, and fairly easy to understand, and easy on the eye.  Depending on your site though, you could easily tear up the rule book and …

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