Web design is design of web pages, websites and web applications using HTML, CSS and various web technologies. It is important to carefully define the purpose of website as one of the first planning steps. After defining the purpose, you have to understand your audience. Then you should start collecting contents according to the targeted audience. Then arrange them in the form of web pages. Collection of those arranged web pages form a website.
People use internet for information. so your site should be clean, simple and well-structured. Your site should have lot of informative contents with simple layout and easy navigation.The most important things is that your site should load fast and doesn't look like that it has been designed by a novice.
Follow the Tips below to start with:
Page Layout: There are two kinds of page layout common. One is fixed and other one is liquid layout. This decision of which style of layout to use is often made on a case by case basis, depending on the needs and audience of the website.
Adobe Flash web page Vs HTML Webpage: Adobe flash formerly known as Macromedia Flash. The decision to use Adobe Flash is also done as per needs and audience of the website.Flash based webpages takes more time to load.Loading time is an issue while designing a website. If your site is content based, i would advice to use HTML and CSS.
Table vs CSS: Use of table in a webpage has been quite poipular over years and still now. As most of the modern browsers are supporting CSS, i strongly support the use of CSS in your website. CSS gives you control over page layout. Page layout has really been siplified with the use of CSS. This also helps in search engine optimization.
Look vs Works: You have to consider works of the webpage. Although look is also an important aspect of webpage design, but the page should be optimized with works and looks.
Browsers Consideration: You should know that there are many computer platform and browsers in the market. The computer platform doesn't matter much but browser has to be taken into consideration. At least check your webpage in two very popular browsers-Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. This is because your page is diplayed differently in different web browsers.
Loading Time: This is the most significant problem faced by web designers. Ypou should try to keep loading times for your webpages as minimum as possible. This can be done by using less or repeatative images for your entire website as images take more time to download.
Consistency: Your web pages should be consistence throughout your website.Keep same background for all pages and use of colors, fonts and navigation buttons should be uniform.
Navigation: Keep the navigation simple. None of your pages should be farther than 3 clicks away from Home page.
Use of Font: Keep the font uniform through the site. If you want to highlight something on the web page, use bold and color tag.
Resolution: There are many resolution screen available in the market. Your page will be viewed in many types of screen with different resolution.To be safer side, use 800x600 screen resolution.