8 Web Site Design Bloopers to Avoid

Written by Lisa Maliga

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5. The other extreme would be sites that are so graphics’ intensive that we spend several minutes waiting forrepparttar last picture to load. While it may be a very entertaining site,repparttar 134620 epoch it takes to show us how fantastic those photos/graphics really are may be too long for impatient surfers. Balance pictures with text. Find a way to makerepparttar 134621 photos into thumbnails, or at least decreaserepparttar 134622 size so they don’t take as long to unfold into their full glory.

6. Broken links don’t increase your popularity. Who likes seeing that ‘404 File Not Found’ on their screen? CHECK YOUR LINKS before launching your site.

7. If you need to add music to your site, please have an off switch. That someone will share your taste in music isn’t always going to berepparttar 134623 case. Duringrepparttar 134624 weeks before Christmas how many sites did we come upon that played various versions of "Jingle Bells" and other carols? While music can enhance a site, it can also detract from it. I came uponrepparttar 134625 most appalling example of what a web site shouldn’t contain some months ago. The blaring techno music was so relentless that I immediately searched forrepparttar 134626 off button. I never found it. I was next visually assaulted with a growing font that looked like it was going to jump out of my computer. Instead, it froze. The screen, now almost completely lime green with font, had just enough space for me to readrepparttar 134627 words: "...will design a site like this for you." As my speakers were SQUEALING fromrepparttar 134628 stuck music andrepparttar 134629 monitor displaying that parody, I shut my computer off. Enough said?

8. Update your site periodically. Signs like ‘last updated 1998’ give clues torepparttar 134630 surfer that this is a cobweb. The more you freshen your contents,repparttar 134631 more likely your site is to remain fresh in people’s minds. Plus it helps your rankings inrepparttar 134632 search engines.

Hope you have fun designing your web page. It’s your way to show off what you know.

For more information about Lisa Maliga's writing,onsite newsletter, unique bath & body recipes and various other topics, visit Lisa’s Library of Writing at http://www.lisamaliga.com.

Create custom error pages and keep your visitors!

Written by Michael Bloch

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Creating custom error pages:

-You may want to check with your hosting service first before creating custom error pages as certain hosting configurations may not allow you to create custom error pages.

-first design and publishrepparttar pages to your web space. You'll only really need to design a couple forrepparttar 134619 more common errors, for file not found (404) or unauthorised/forbidden (403, 401). Your custom error pages should have a brief summary of what went wrong and an encouragement forrepparttar 134620 visitor to try again or explore a different area ofrepparttar 134621 site. The best custom error pages are those that matchrepparttar 134622 site's other pages in navigation and layout.

-After publishingrepparttar 134623 pages, you'll need to editrepparttar 134624 .htaccess file inrepparttar 134625 root directory of your server based web (not your local copy) . Userepparttar 134626 Edit utility (set to ASCII transfer mode) in your FTP program to viewrepparttar 134627 file. The .htaccess file contains a number of settings to control who can accessrepparttar 134628 contents of a specific directory and how much access they have. It can also be used to create a "URL Redirect".

-If you have a FrontPage based web, be especially careful, asrepparttar 134629 .htaccess file contains other settings as well.

-If you don't find a .htaccess file, you can create your own, but once again, check with your hosting service first.

-Addrepparttar 134630 following lines torepparttar 134631 end ofrepparttar 134632 file (examples provided as a guideline alter path and file names to point towards your error pages)

ErrorDocument 404 http://blah/blah/404.htm ErrorDocument 403 http://blah/blah/403.htm ErrorDocument 401 http://blah/blah/401.htm

Custom error pages are simple to produce, help you to increase your site traffic and encourage better visitor/customer relations.

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