A Guide To Designing Web Pages

There are various approaches that can be taken when designing web pages.

All these approaches, though, will require the use of some sort of specialized software and a process that even novices to the design scene will find useful.

a guide to designing web pages

a guide to designing web pages

Hand Coding Or Software

Webpage development starts and ends with HTML.

For the beginner, HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language, a code system for writing the script for web pages.

HTML employs a number of tags that are scripted and encoded using editing software.

While the essence of a webpage is practically written with HTML format code, this does not preclude the HTML-uninitiated from building good working websites.

The process of web design only really branch out into two major approaches.

The first approach is conventional HTML editing, wherein a person well-versed in HTML will encode the script manually and convert it to become a webpage.

The second, and much easier, approach is to use web design software such as Dreamweaver, which provides ready-made designs to choose from without the user writing a single letter of script.

These applications are obviously intended for those who do not know HTML.

Start With The Structure

Armed with the appropriate software, the would-be designer is now prepared to start a webpage design project.

Typically, a central website theme would have to be established first to maintain a uniform look and feel in all the related web pages that will be set up.

For this a homepage would have to be devised containing all the navigation functions like a site index and tabs, plus the requisite introductory welcome for visitors that have just arrived at the site.

The other pages will be structured similarly based on the homepage, with content of reader interest specific to the website in general.

A webpage is essentially just one part of a group composed of a few or several more others like it.

This group is called a website, and for it to remain true to its purpose the pages within should reflect the site’s overall theme.

However, while many websites contain numerous pages of varying content, some of the smaller ones have only a single webpage, which is enough for the site’s purposes.

In general, a design will need the right text font, size and color background.

Neutral coloration is acceptable, but this aspect basically depends on the creativity of the designer as well as the nature of the website.

In other words, any color scheme will do.

The important thing to remember is to keep backgrounds from overwhelming the text, making them hard to read.

The combinations should also be pleasing to the reader’s eye and not too harsh that it causes eye strain and, as always, pattern the colorization consistently with the website’s theme.

Take special note of headings and subheadings.

These should stand out prominently against the main body of text within the page since they serve to identify which page the reader is currently in.

Consider giving headings large font sizes, and perhaps highlighting them for emphasis.

The subheadings should also follow suit, but must be slightly-smaller.

Adding Graphics

Adding graphics content is a perfect idea for sprucing up a webpage.

For this purpose, images can be imported from other sources and embedded within the page.

Generated images are also possible.

The optimal formats for pictures are GIF and JPEG.

Use them and resize graphics to taste.

A current trend is to add more interesting content to pages, in the form of JavaScript.

JavaScript is an advanced format that allows more sophisticated material to be shown in a webpage.

There are various websites available that distribute JavaScript content for others to use.

An eye-catching option is animated content.

These too, can be added on a page.

For those that wish to put animations onto their sites, there are several sources to provide a solution to their needs.

Alternatively, software publishers have designed a slew of applications already out for adding or editing animations.

Animated content should be kept to a minimum, though, so that they will not overwhelm other content.

Error Checking

Upon completion of the webpage, a thorough check for errors should be made on the general design and each of the content.

If possible, preview the page before final launch on the web.

It is easier to make corrections this way, than having to close down an existing webpage for a period of time in order to rectify errors found in it.

Publish The Website

Publishing the website or webpage will entail submitting it to a web hosting entity for registration.

To publish any web-page or website, will then require registration with appropriate provider.

FTP software may also be needed, or alternatively the web-page design software might support this.

As a general guideline, a webpage design project should begin with software selection, and then move on to conception of a design theme, to adding desired content of various formats, and finally making a comprehensive check prior to publishing.

This statement outlines the processes that lead to the creation of a website and its pages, and essentially it is what accounts to a vast majority of the Internet as a whole.

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