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Here are some things to look for in good website design
The most important information of the website should be easily accessible and created with plain text which is very SEO friendly. In addition, your most important information should be at the top area of the page.
Right Colors and Text Size
Some colors are not too eye friendly and make navigation and userability difficult. Use white color fonts on dark background and dark color fonts on white background. However, it is recommended to have a light background with black text color.
In addition, 2 to 3 colorsare acceptable. More colors than this and you run the risk of making your website too busy. Not only should there be a limited number of colors but websites themes should reflect color coordination. If you are not comfortable with color schemes visit colorschemedesigner.com for colors that match. The size of the text and the line height and padding or margin between paragraph are paramount. The text should be between 11px to 13px in size, making for easy reading.
As Google has adviced, include a site map on your page that will help both search engines and views to navigate through the website easily. The site map creates a tree of pages that guide crawlers across the web.
Incorparate CSS in Website
CSS is a single file or group of files that controls the padding, margin and size of elements withing a page. Instead of having to fix the parameters of every single page, a css page can be used to change values across a website. It is also useful to creating a seamless website look across browsers such as chrome, firefox and explorer.
The use of a single CSS file also help the website to load quicker. CSS makes it easier for a web designer to design a website and to make site wide changes by editing a single file. For instance CSS can allow you to change all information within an element to the left or right of pages across the website, saving countless of hours of editing time.
It allows you to quickly change the layout of your site from a 2 column to a 3 column to a right side 160px column to a left side 300px column. If you are not family with CSS visit the Yahoo YUI 2 Grids CSS
Dynamic Pages with PHP
To me great modern website design must include some element of PHP or ASP, particularly if the site is to grow in the number of pages. PHP works with MYSQL, one of the largest open source database system on the web. With the use of PHP web developers can include information from virtually anywhere in a dynamic fashion - PHP codes can allow text and other website information to change dynamically.
Website such as facebook, e-commerce website, wordpress blogs and forums all use PHP.
If you are base in the Huntsville area and are thinking about building a website or update an existing one, just give us a call for a free consultation: 256-361-9080.