4 Tips to a More Visitor-Friendly Website

Written by Angela Wu

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How many times have you come across an agonizingly slow site, filled with images dancing, whirling, bouncing, and beckoning to you fromrepparttar screen? It's irritating to sayrepparttar 134816 least.

If you have to display a lot of graphics on one page, make them into thumbnails. Visitors can click onrepparttar 134817 image they want to see in order to viewrepparttar 134818 full-sized version.

Also be sure you compress your images to make them as small as possible, and specifyrepparttar 134819 image WIDTH and HEIGHT in your HTML tag.

__3. Forgetrepparttar 134820 Frames.

A lot of people likerepparttar 134821 look of frames. However, search engines cannot read them properly and improperly designed frames can leave your visitor 'trapped'. You can bet they'll never be back if you try to force them to stay!

BigNoseBird.com has a nice little tutorial on how to getrepparttar 134822 'Frames look' without actually using them. Read it at http://bignosebird.com/k3.shtml .

__4. Keep it Simple - and Use Common Sense.

The simpler and cleaner your HTML,repparttar 134823 more likely it will display exactly as you intended on different browsers.

* Limitrepparttar 134824 number of fonts and colors you use. Pick a color scheme and stick to it.

* Keep your navigation consistent from page to page.

* If you use Javascript or VBScript, provide another way of viewing your information. Not all browsers support them.

* Use tables to properly layout your site. Don't force your visitors to userepparttar 134825 dreaded horizontal scroll bar to read your information! Tables can also add white space to your site for easier readability.

* Spell-check! A site filed with speling errs is veery heard to reed.

* At a minimum, check your site withrepparttar 134826 two most popular browsers, Internet Explorer and Netscape.

Creating a web page is easy. Creating a *good* web page, however, takes a little more thought. Offer a content-rich site that's a pleasure to visit and your visitors will keep coming back!

Angela is the editor of Online Business Basics, a newsletter for eBusiness beginners. OBB features ongoing tutorials on how to build a profitable Internet business *without* spending a lot of money. Subscribe today and get '101 High-Profit Businesses You Can Start on the Internet' absolutely free! For details, visit http://www.onlinebusinessbasics.com/article.html

"Just Because Your Dog Loves You, Doesn't Mean You're A Nice Guy"

Written by Bob Osgoodby

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Other bad sites, that take an eternity to load, may not ever be seen. People onrepparttar web are impatient, and if it is too slow to load, many won't wait around to see that magnificent image ofrepparttar 134815 sunset onrepparttar 134816 home page.

We're not going to examine what makes a good page, as that isrepparttar 134817 subject of an entirely different discussion. What we are going to discuss is how to project that "nice guy" image.

A small picture of you goes a long way. Yes Virginia, not only is there a Santa Claus, but you will be dealing with a real live person. Is there proper contact information with a telephone number and a real physical address? How about guarantees? All of these go a long way to instilling confidence.

Are there any testimonials with contact information forrepparttar 134818 people making them? When writers do their thing, they always include glowing testimonials from people you can't contact. Do you really believe them - somehow I doubt it. A recommendation from "Harry in San Diego" does little to engender my confidence.

Now this can cause a sticky situation as many people would not want their email address listed on a web site. A smart merchant will allow you to email them to receiverepparttar 134819 testimonial list.

You really might be a nice guy, and your dog knows that, but to all others you have to prove it.

Bob publishes the free weekly "Your Business" Newsletter Visit his Web Site at http://adv-marketing.com/business to subscribe.

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