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Since the release of the Google +1 button for websites, many website designers like myself have been trying to come up with ways to implement it across their website. In its simplest form, the +1 button is relatively easy to add to a web page. You can grab two lines of code and add them to your websites pages.
Small Script To Hide Content Untill The User Clicks The +1 Button
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Essential Tips for Effective Website Design
Here are some essential web design tips that every website should follow. Design your website by following the list below and I guarantee that all visitors will have a terrific first impression of your website.
•Fast Loading website designs:
The Number 1 rule that every web designer should follow is to create a fast loading web site. You might have a great design but very few people are going to see it if it takes a long time to load. While designing a web site always think about how long it will take to load. Try out our tips to build a great looking web site that also loads fast.
•Clear Navigation :
Once a visitor has come to your website you need to make want to go through it. To do this you need to have clear navigation. If your main navigation is unclear, there is a good chance that a reader will not be able to find other topics that they may be interested in. Use a clear and concise navigation, with no more than 7-10 categories. Once you go past 10, it gives the reader too many options to choose from and can get confusing.
•Design For All Monitor Resolutions:
Today, there are computers with all kinds of resolution. They range from 640 x 480 to 1920 x 1080 and can go even higher. Designing a website to fit all screen resolutions is a very important web design principle. Perhaps you’ve noticed that most websites are designed for only one resolution. They may look perfect in 800 x 600 resolution but if viewed in 1024 x 768 resolution, the pages look a little empty with a lot of wasted, empty space surrounding the main object on the page.
Make sure your website is browser compatible. Your web site should look good in Firefox as well as in Internet Explorer. Don't stop designing your site as soon as you find that it looks great on IE. Usually Firefox gives some problems, especially when you try doing complicated HTML designs. But don't give up too quick, usually with patience these problems can easily be fixed.
Avoid dark backgrounds and fancy font styles, if you have a lot of stuff to read on your web pages it's better to stick to a white background with black print as that will be less tiring to read. Arial, Verdana and Times Roman are the most common fonts to use and the easiest to read. Oh and yes one other thing - not everyone has 20/20 vision, make your font size is big enough for most people to read comfortably.
•Check for broken links:
Always check for broken links within a website before uploading it to your web server. In Dreamweaver you can check for broken links by right clicking on any file in the Site Files Window and then clicking on Check links -> Entire Site. If you don't have this program then you need to upload your site and then check it using online tools like:◦Xenu Link Sleuth (free download)
◦w3.org (free online)
◦NetMechanic ($60 per url/ year 1-100 pages)
To make standard compliant website, I always validate my markup and CSS on w3C.
http://validator.w3.org/ – Validating markup
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ – Validating CSS
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The best thing about the Web is the fact that anyone with an idea and some spare time can create a website for practically fnothing. A simple Website costs about $1 a day to operate. This means that there are millions of different ideas out there being tried every day. Websites can reach a gigantic world-wide audience almost instantly -- at no other time in the history of the world has a single human being been able to reach so many people for so little money.
So you have an idea for a website. What do you need to do to get started? There are a couple different types of websites so Let's take a look at them.
Let's say that you have an idea for a Web site, and you have a great domain name that you want to use. You aren't sure when you will be able to get started on the site, but you want to make sure that nobody else gets the idea and takes that domain name. For example, let's say that your domain name is MyDomain.com. What you want to do is check the domain name registry and make sure it's not already taken. If it is available, you will want to register that domain name (also known as "reserving" or "parking" the domain name). Registering the name gives you ownership of it. In order for you to park the domain name, it has to actually live on a server somewhere. It will usually have some sort of "Under Construction" notice that shows up when people try to access your domain.
You need to register your domain name. There are many companies that will park your domain name on a server, and a number of them charge a fee. GoDaddy is one of the companies that will park your domain name, and it provides a nice form that makes it easy to check for domain name availability. It only takes a couple of minutes to check and reserve a domain name.
Let's say that you have a great idea for a content site and that you want to get started right away. A content site is a site that contains information for people to read or look at. The information might be words, pictures, links, etc. Yahoo! is essentially a gigantic content site. To create a content site, you need to learn HTML so you can create your pages, and then you need to find a company to host the site. That is, you need a company that will operate the Web server for your site:
Or maybe you have an idea for an e-commerce site. An e-commerce site lets you display the things you want to sell, take orders, process credit cards, etc. An e-commerce site is a bit more involved to set up because you have to apply for a merchant account and other commerce-related services. However, it's not that much trouble.
Good luck and happy coding!
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