I apologize for not posting the last few months; I have been very busy with school and all that sort of stuff. Fortunately, I am now on Summer Break and I can post a lot more now. The topic that I want to go over today is regarding something that I really wish I could have had when I started doing web design. Even though I only started a couple of years ago, I wish that I would have taken the time to look up some good cheat sheets that would have helped me be able to design websites most efficiently. Anyways, let’s get right to it.
Web design is very complex, but yet one of the most simple things that we use. The internet is almost taken for granted because of all of its complexities. For example, this website runs on WordPress, which is a major company that changes constantly and has a lot of code in it. It has been changed by tons of people, but the ultimate goal of all of that is what you see on your screen right now. That is the goal of most web-based programs, to look better or give viewers a better experience. Keep this in mind when you are creating the design for your website. A lot of people think that making a website that you really like is the best way to go. This is true to a certain extent. But if you actually want high quality visitors, you have to appeal to those visitors, while also enjoying your own website. What I’m trying to say is to find a medium between you and your visitors.
Much like with step one, this step is about keeping your website basic. Basic web design is what a lot of people are wanting these days. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the main reason why you should use basic web design is because basic websites load the fastest. It’s pretty much a fact that the more complex of a website you have, the slower it will be for a lot of viewers. Another reason for a basic website is easy navigation between your pages. I don’t like having to page jump just to find one specific thing that I am looking for. Not only does that make for a bad user experience, but it could also be a mess to create that website, even if you use a CMS (content management system) it would still be a mess.
If you prefer using the old fashioned way (just writing code), then I would recommend keeping a couple of pages bookmarked for future reference. There are a lot out there that could actually make writing code a lot simpler. Even though there are a lot out there, some of them may cost you money. The one that I use has all of the cheat-sheets for just about every command that you will need for HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. This great page is from Design Your Way, I recommend that you check them out, since they have a lot of great topics regarding web design.
The last step that I have for you is to add a little character to your website. Make the website a memorable experience so that people will want to come to the website. This could be using an odd theme that not many people use or know about if you choose to go that route, or maybe you could write in a different style than most other people. However, if you choose to use a different style of writing, try to stick to the one style of writing, or else people will think that different people wrote the content.
Even though this topic isn’t necessarily about web design, I will still talk about it anyways. I want to go over the benefits of images and how you can easily create them. The program that I use to create some of my images is Gimp, the free and easy to use image manipulation program. I won’t say that I am a pro at this, because I am not, and if you have a better program, go ahead and use that one. If I wanted to create a simple image (like the one that I am using for this article), I will usually just open up a new project and create it all by myself. If I wanted a more complex image (like the one from this post) I will normally just get it off of a website like Flickr and mess around with that image by enhancing it or something.
Anyways, thank you for reading this, I hope you learned something from it (I know that I did) and hope that it was enjoyable. I am definitely going to be following the steps that I gave in this tutorial more often. I will also be starting to write more since school is out and I have a lot more free time to do this sort of thing. With this free time I will be working on creating higher quality articles and be enhancing this website quite a bit. This website definitely has some things that it needs to be improved on (like the forum section, it is currently removed because I get lots of spam there).
Thank you for reading,