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Published on May 5, 2008

Author: RealFreeWebsites.com

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Make sure you plan your website right! This is one part of a series of website development by Real Free Websites.

DO YOU NEED A WEB DESIGNER? Assessing whether you can do it by yourself i

Step 1: How to set your website goal Step 2: How to identify and target your market Step 3: How to write your content Do you need a web designer? Step 4: How to choose a web designer Step 5: How to choose your domain name Step 6: How to choose a web host Step 7: How to launch your website Why completing your website is not the end Step 8: How to promote your website Part of the HELP I Need a Website! Series See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan i i

Step 1: How to set your website goal

Step 2: How to identify and target your market

Step 3: How to write your content

Do you need a web designer?

Step 4: How to choose a web designer

Step 5: How to choose your domain name

Step 6: How to choose a web host

Step 7: How to launch your website

Why completing your website is not the end

Step 8: How to promote your website

Learning web design is an option

Here are some arguments in favor of doing it yourself

You can design a website for free or very low cost, as long as you put in the effort Lower costs

You can design a website for free or very low cost, as long as you put in the effort

There is no communication divide between you and a designer – you understand exactly what you want Direct control of the design

There is no communication divide between you and a designer – you understand exactly what you want

Your new learned skills allow you to easily make future changes and edits to your website Gain knowledge to make future changes

Your new learned skills allow you to easily make future changes and edits to your website

Contrary to what some believe, HTML code is very straightforward Also, browsers are forgiving of incorrect code Learning HTML is easy! <p> Easy </p>

Contrary to what some believe, HTML code is very straightforward

Also, browsers are forgiving of incorrect code

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) programs allow you to create your website without any coding Even better, WYSIWYG programs are improving

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) programs allow you to create your website without any coding

Free tutorials, forums, learning materials and resources are plentiful on the Internet Many learning opportunities

Free tutorials, forums, learning materials and resources are plentiful on the Internet

Here are some arguments against doing it yourself

Bad, invalid code affecting accessibility, search engine ranking, and cross-browser compatibility Limited control compared to coding Some programs have steep learning curves WYSIWYG programs still have limitations

Bad, invalid code affecting accessibility, search engine ranking, and cross-browser compatibility

Limited control compared to coding

Some programs have steep learning curves

There’s a lot more to good website design than knowing HTML As a beginner, you don’t know… … what you don’t know

As a beginner, you don’t know…

… what you don’t know

7 factors in web design that are commonly overlooked by beginners

7 factors in web design that are

commonly overlooked by beginners

1 . Usability E.g. Knowing: Where page elements, such as navigation links are best placed How to use whitespace Which fonts are easiest to read How to make forms simpler to fill out

E.g. Knowing:

Where page elements, such as navigation links are best placed

How to use whitespace

Which fonts are easiest to read

How to make forms simpler to fill out

2 . Accessibility Creating code that can be used by disabled visitors E.g. Keyboard shortcuts Alt text for pictures Alternatives to JavaScript Legal requirement for some countries Increases potential market Ethically important

Creating code that can be used by disabled visitors E.g.

Keyboard shortcuts

Alt text for pictures

Alternatives to JavaScript

Legal requirement for some countries

Increases potential market

Ethically important

3 . Search Engine Optimization A huge field of study Many best practices for coding and content writing E.g. Optimized title tags Putting content earliest in the code Using keywords and phrases in your linking text Ever-changing recommendations

A huge field of study

Many best practices for coding and content writing E.g.

Optimized title tags

Putting content earliest in the code

Using keywords and phrases in your linking text

Ever-changing recommendations

4 . Ease of maintenance/Future changes Coding techniques that can hugely ease alterations: Use of templates and included codes Logical directory structure Commented code Modular code

Coding techniques that can hugely ease alterations:

Use of templates and included codes

Logical directory structure

Commented code

Modular code

5 . Design “sense” Knowing: What design appeals to different markets What colors are most effectively combined How best aesthetically to arrange page elements

Knowing:

What design appeals to different markets

What colors are most effectively combined

How best aesthetically to arrange page elements

6 . Quality of graphic elements The overall professional appearance of images is very noticeable, and dependent on: Web-optimized images Correct image file type Image resolutions Image cropping and editing Graphic design technique

The overall professional appearance of images is very noticeable, and dependent on:

Web-optimized images

Correct image file type

Image resolutions

Image cropping and editing

Graphic design technique

7 . Page loading speed Factors affecting download speed, include: Image size Page size Layout type (table or Cascading Style Sheets) Number of discrete items on page

Factors affecting download speed, include:

Image size

Page size

Layout type (table or Cascading Style Sheets)

Number of discrete items on page

Making your first website is easy, and anyone can do it. Making your first good website will take a lot of time and learning.

You’ve now examined whether you need a web designer. This is part of a series of presentations on the process of good website design. See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan

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