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September 27th, 2018

Once you have decided to start creating a website whether it is for yourself or for a client, it is vital that you keep the following things in your mind such as:

1. Keep your site user friendly
2. Content is king and should be unique, informative and helpful
3. Beauty in simplicity – keep your design simple but impressive
4. Navigational ease – let your readers/customers find what they are looking for
5. Loading time should be as short as possible
6. Your site should offer short and precise information on what it is about

Firstly always bear in mind that design of your site should be simple and professional. Design should be such that it impresses the visitors on their first visit. Images on your site should be crystal and clear but still small enough to allow for fast loading.

The next most important thing is the content. People generally visit your site for the information. So it is necessary that you should provide something to visitor which is unique. If you selling a product or providing services to your customer then it is necessary that you should provide proper and complete information to the customer. You should also include customer reviews and testimonials to win the visitor’s trust.

Third important thing is that the navigation of your site should be simple and clear. Visitor should navigate from one page to another easily and if possible then your all internal pages should be well connected to your home page.

You can also use flashy graphics to enhance your product but don’t use them in excess as it increases your loading time.

Do not use unique fonts and bright colors. If you are selling a product and providing services then you must create a separate product or service page in your site. This is the key to your business success.

A Neat Little CSS Trick to Speed Up Web Development

September 26th, 2018

We’ve all been there, well, those of us who develop websites… anyway, my point is that we’ve all been in a situation like this. You’re building a website. You’ve already created the CSS for the main template layout and right now you’re working on putting elements into the website header. Let’s say you have a logo, a slogan, a phone number and contact email address. You work on laying these elements out nicely but some of the elements just look a little bit out of line. Chances are you may have set up individual styles for each element within your main stylesheet, if so, great. However, sometimes the temptation to put inline styling can be too much, especially if you’ve already spent hours on developing a website. I hate inline styling. It makes a website difficult to maintain but I do have to admit that it does carry advantages as it makes for a very quick way to position or format an element.

This is where a nice little CSS trick comes into its very own. If you are hell bent on relying on inline styling to some extent, then what you might want to consider is creating a separate stylesheet, let’s call this one “formatting.css” that contains a host of classes related to an individual property e.g.

.marginl20 { margin-left: 20px!important; }

.whiteText { color: #fff!important; }

This means that for any element in your webpage, you can simply apply a class from formatting.css and it will add that styling property to the element. For all intents and purposes, it is effectively adding the inline styling, just through a stylesheet. What’s even better is that it is easy to maintain as you only need to alter the class in one place. Granted, a class called “marginl20” is highly likely to only be used for a left 20 pixel margin, but there’s no stopping you in coming up with your own classes, perhaps with a more generic name. So going back to my example, if the phone number just won’t line up, then I could apply my margin top 2 pixel class to it and voila!

The second thing to note is the use of “!important”. This effectively tells the browser to always apply that property so this basically makes sure that our class will be applied correctly regardless of any other styling applied to that same element.

In my own CSS, I have styles ranging from fonts, colours, positioning through to margins, padding, widths and heights. I pretty much have widths that range from 50px numerically up to about 600px. The easiest way that I found to create all 550 of these rules, was to make use of Microsoft Excel’s “drag and repeat” feature. A copy and paste later, and I have my classes set up.

One potential drawback of using a stylesheet in this way is that when the browser loads it, it will read through the entire contents so could have a little bit of an impact on loading time. However, from my own experience, using CSS in this way has saved me a lot of time with those niggly bits and I will continue to work in this format until I find the next best thing.

Web Development Basics – You Must Have Your Own Web Site

September 26th, 2018

There are hundreds of ways to make money on the Internet. Choosing a way that best suites you is easy. Simply determine what your interests and strengths are and then find a way to benefit from that using the Internet. However, with that you must have your own web site.

After coming to the conclusion of what and how you will make money online, you need your own website. Do you shop EBay? If not, browse the site. Become familiar with it. The serious EBay sellers have their own site to sell their products. They understand that yes indeed EBay is a great source of making money, but they also understand that they have to have their own site.

Having their own site, means that they can sell more, (without fees of course), they have a place to direct visitors, and they know having their own site makes them seem more professional as well as more honest and trustworthy with their business. Having your own website is vital for the success of your business. Even us simple writers, must have our own sites to promote ourselves, provide samples of our works, and provide a friendly personal touch with our clients.

It is a must to have your own website. With so many purchases, services, information, and tools on the web, having your own website will set you apart from the others. It will add that personal touch that does become lost in cyberspace. Your website may be the only form of interaction that you have with clients, make sure that you provide them with a service they can “reach out and touch”. The only way to do that in this technology world of ours is to have your own website.