Web Design And Development: Guide for Beginners

Web Design And Development: Guide for Beginners

Web designing is a combination of creativity and technical skills. A successful web designer has a balance of both and others have only one of these attributes. Many professionals feel that availability of web templates have simplified the job of web designers and full web designing is now an easy task. If you are a beginner in web designing you should not rely on such myths and concentrate on your assignment. Here are few things that may help you as a beginner in web designing.

Before you start….

It is important to know about the objective of the site. Deciding about the target visitors and knowing requirements of client is crucial. This helps you to gear up with necessary tools and supporting professionals. Web designing is an interdisciplinary subject. Professionals from different fields contribute in designing a site. Identifying the requirements help in organizing resources and drawing a budget for the project.

Get organized

After you have decided about the objective it is time to gather resources and draw a detail plan. This helps in improving the workflow. Gather your resources like images and content and plan layout of the site. You may use tools like PHP frameworks at this stage for developing a wire-frame and giving the client an idea about the possible appearance of the site.

With a framework in place developing the site gets systematic. Creating professional looking XHTML pages is the next step. You need to know how to structure HTML and CSS files.

Designing for search engines

Most visitors of your website are likely to come from search engine result pages. As such, it is essential for you ensure that the site can be located easily by the popular search engines like Google and Yahoo. This process is usually referred to as SEO (search engine optimization). Using META tags, keyword rich content and using CSS are few ways of attracting search engines. META tags are only visible to search engines and not to visitors of the site. Make sure to use your keywords in the META tags.

Ensure smooth navigation

Fast loading sites are appreciated by users and search engines. Your website should be loading within 10 seconds of clicking the link. Clean navigation and smart user interface arouses interest of visitors and helps them finding desired information quickly. It is safe to go for commonly used names for sections like Home, Help, Product, Contact us, About etc. rather than opting for trendy alternatives that may confuse visitors. If you are planning to use Flash then make sure to provide an HTML version for fast page loading.

Navigational links should be placed at same place on every page of a site. For long pages you may consider to put them at bottom. Consider using Breadcrumb trail like Home>Section>Sub section>Product. This helps a visitor to switch among different parts of the site easily.

Design a fast loading site

According to latest page ranking policy of Google, a slow loading site is penalized by degrading the page ranking in search engine result pages. Optimizing images and minimizing usage of Flash helps in faster page loading. Try to maintain a page size below 30k. Use of CSS Spirites may be considered only if you have necessary expertise. Compressing CSS, using clean codes and caching helps in speeding up page loading.

Ensure cross browser compatibility

As a beginner in web designing you may feel perplexed with the number of browsers out there. To add to your confusion, each of them has several versions used by different users. A large number of people don’t take trouble of upgrading their browser and designers face issues regarding compatibility of their sites across several browsers and their different versions. It is desirable for a beginner to focus on popularly used browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. There are several online tools available for testing browser compatibility.

Full web designing may appear complicated but a systematic approach can make it smooth and successful. Ensure that the elements are in place. Try to do some experimenting to hone your skills and gain on job experience.

 

Examples of Great Web Design

 

www.puma.com

PUMA mixes the worlds of Sport and Lifestyle to deliver the best in fun and fashion

PUMA mixes the worlds of Sport and Lifestyle to deliver the best in fun and fashion

www.6wunderkinder.com

Apps That Boost Your Productivity

Apps That Boost Your Productivity

www.versionsapp.com

Versions, the first easy to use Mac OS X Subversion client

Versions, the first easy to use Mac OS X Subversion client

www.sxsw.squarespace.com

squarespace.com

squarespace.com

www.simo.com.es

Portfolio Alberto Simón. Director de arte

Portfolio Alberto Simón. Director de arte

www.electricpulp.com

We build sites and apps for web and mobile. BTW, you look very nice today.

We build sites and apps for web and mobile. BTW, you look very nice today.

www.lostworldsfairs.com

Lost World's Fairs

Lost World's Fairs

www.piictu.com

A fun and simple way to talk &; play with piics. Now available for iPhone in the App Store.

A fun and simple way to talk &; play with piics. Now available for iPhone in the App Store.

www.campaignmonitor.com

www.campaignmonitor.com

www.campaignmonitor.com

www.justdot.gr

Brilliant ideas come to life

Brilliant ideas come to life

www.cubancouncil.com

Cuban Council is a boutique interactive design, development and branding services company with locations in San Francisco and New York.

Cuban Council is a boutique interactive design, development and branding services company with locations in San Francisco and New York.

www.youzee.com

You choose when, you choose where, and you choose what.

You choose when, you choose where, and you choose what.

www.zennaware.com

Home of Cornerstone Subversion Client for Mac OS X

Home of Cornerstone Subversion Client for Mac OS X

www.danogborn.com

Dan Ogborn | Barbells on the Brain

Dan Ogborn | Barbells on the Brain

www.awesomejs.com

Awesome* make things with JavaScript, integrate plugins and build JavaScript driven websites.

Awesome* make things with JavaScript, integrate plugins and build JavaScript driven websites.

www.cafundoestudio.com.br

Blog do Cafundó

Blog do Cafundó

www.momentoapp.com

Momento - diary writing for iPhone and iPod touch

Momento - diary writing for iPhone and iPod touch

www.realmacsoftware.com

Courier for Mac - Upload to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, MobileMe, Amazon S3, and beyond!

Courier for Mac - Upload to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, MobileMe, Amazon S3, and beyond!

www.moviesnowapp.com

moviesnowapp.com

moviesnowapp.com

www.postbox-inc.com

www.postbox-inc.com

www.postbox-inc.com

www.foundationsix.com

Foundation Six Web Design Studio

Foundation Six Web Design Studio

www.eighthourday.com

Eight Hour Day

Eight Hour Day

www.youknowwhodesign.com

Web Design, iPhone User Interface Design

Web Design, iPhone User Interface Design

 

Posted in Web Design

Written by Roxanne Peterson

The above article has been written by RP, who is associated with many online blogs and sites as their freelance writer. She is currently involved with various number of projects based on template and web designing including a project of Template Kingdom.

  9Comments

  1. book-infrontweb   •  

    Wonderful post and really very informative. It is now quite important that a every business should have a website designed and market the same on internet. SEO, social media etc. has made bright path for any business to enhance their sales online. Once again very nice post and I have subscribed your blog, hope you will post more good posts like this in near future. Thanks

  2. xhtmljunction   •  

    It’s a nice post explaining the concrete steps for designing a beautiful Website. However, one necessary step left here, i.e., testing the Website. One should validate the Websites at W3C Validation Services for Markup Language, CSS, and Feeds; check broken links at W3C Link Checker; and test the Page loading speed at Google Page Speed or Yahoo YSlow. Fix the errors and follow their suggestions to improve your Website.

  3. Karl Montel   •  

    Puma sure made the best design out of this collection, while they could have done 3D with the shoe that presented in the logo, that could be amazing.

    Thanks for showing us this collection.

  4. Vladimir   •  

    Very good tips and perfect design examples…
    Thanks :)

  5. htmlcut   •  

    “Ensure cross browser compatibility” – … and test cross-platformity on mobile devices, at least on such as iPhone, iPads and similar ones which are so popular now.

  6. Swamykant   •  

    Right collection for beginners. Justdot is excellent example.

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