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Basic Rules on Web Design
by: Granny's Mettle
In every design there are basic rules to consider. For a web
design, here are a few of the rules which you can take or break
for your projects.
1. Viewers do not want to scroll horizontally.
As a personal experience, I find it really annoying to have
to scroll the page to the right just to be able to read the
whole content of the page. People should not be put to the task
of having to pick their mouse and move the web page over to
the right so as to see what's hiding over there.
It's easier to scroll down a page than to scroll horizontally.
One designer suggests checking out your web pages at resolutions
of 640 x 480, 800 x 600, and 1024 x 768 to avoid scrolling the
page to your right. It doesnt matter that the majority
of monitors nowadays come preset at 800 x 600. You never know
when one of your audiences would have a monitor with the lowest
denominator, and then have that potential client go to a competitor
just because he or she also hates scrolling to the right.
2. Have more than three screenfuls of information
Having to scroll horizontally for the rest of the information
is annoying, but it is also not fun either to have to scroll
down the page forever just to be able to get the whole information.
The rule: one web page shouldn't require a viewer to page down
more than three screens. Of it is more than that then you better
go back to the drawing board and re-design your screens.
But you should also consider that people will definitely scroll
if the content is king. As one designer puts it, "You just
need to balance content and nuisance factor with having to click
through on links."
3. One web page should weigh in at no more than 50k.
If all of us would be able to obey the rules what a wonderful
world this would be. But we should also be considerate of the
fact that there are gray areas. Nothing is quite cut and dried.
It would be lovely to have a web page that doesn't take so long
to download. It only takes about seven seconds to make a good
first impression on the web.
However, there are times when you really need to put those large
graphics and images. This is especially true for photographers.
They need to have large pictures and photos in their pages to
be able to convince viewers of their capabilities. Just a word
of advice: do not bloat your web pages unnecessarily. It is
still better to have viewers tinkering on your site than to
have them go to another just because it takes a hundred years
to download your pages.
4. Do not force your viewers to download plug-ins.
This is another thing that bugs me aside from the scrolling
horizontally. And that is to download a plug-in so that I'll
be able to view whatever it is I would like to view.
True, plug-ins can give that extra "wow!" to your
interactive website. But always remember that not everybody
have plug-ins although we're in the advanced technology age.
To accommodate everyone of your potential clients, think about
creating an HTML alternative.
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About The Author
Granny's Mettle is a 30-something, professional web content
writer. She has created various web content on a diverse range
of topics, which includes digital printing topics, medical news,
as well as legal issues. Her articles are composed of reviews,
suggestions, tips and more for the printing and designing industry.
Her thoughts on writing: "Writing gives me pleasure
pleasure and excitement that you have created something to share
with others. And with the wide world of the Internet, it gives
me great satisfaction that my articles reach more people in
the quickest time you could imagine."
On her spare time, she loves to stay at home, reading books
on just about any topic she fancies, cooking a great meal, and
taking care of her husband and kids.
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