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2. Graphics Should Be Appropriate, Not Just Look Good
One mistake a lot of web developers and Internet marketers make is putting "cute" online graphics or photos on a website just because they look good. This is a great technique if images are relevant, irrelevant image placement just creates slower loading pages.
3. Don't Use Graphics When You Can Use Text
One logo, no matter how small, could take up to 5 seconds to load on a website. While this may not seem like a great length of time, it could mean difference between losing an impatient customer or getting sale.
If your logos or graphics are based on simple fonts, then why use a graphic when one line of HTML code can produce same text effect? And it'll take 1/100th of time to load that one line of HTML as opposed to graphic.
You can also learn - quickly and easily - how to 'jazz up' your own photos or images to add them to your site. For example, if you just need to prepare your GIF or JPG images for web by compressing them so that they will load faster, check out free, ready-to-use "image cruncher" utilities at http://computer-newbies.com/beveldevil/.
This software is really simple to use. It requires no knowledge of computers and it has a fast learning curve.
This is just one example of information that's available on web. With all free and inexpensive online resources available to budding web designers, there's no excuse not to have a site that's jazzed up just way you want it to be - without having to get a university degree or spend six months profit to do it.
Rick Hunter has more tools for new graphic designers at his website, http://computer-newbies.com/ezgraphics/