IS YOUR WEB SITE UNFRIENDLY? Part 9 of 9

Written by Laraine Anne Barker


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Some ofrepparttar unfriendliest web sites I've visited, incidentally, have been done with various versions of Microsoft FrontPage. When I mentioned this to a friend who knows more about web design than most professional designers, he made me laugh by replying with unrestrained vehemence that FrontPage is "evil". But statistics can always be twisted to say what you want them to say. The truth in this instance is probably that this program is simply more popular than others. And I have visited some very attractive sites made with FrontPage.

If you want to use web-creation software, then by all means do so. But first learnrepparttar 134763 basics of writing HTML, if only so you can get rid of allrepparttar 134764 redundant code (not to mention some necessary code that FrontPage leaves out, just because Explorer for Windows can do without it!) There are many tutorials you can use. You might like to try Alan Levine's excellent one, which can be downloaded at http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu ut/. It works exactly like a web site and you learn by creating a web site all about volcanoes.

I must confess that if you've explored my site thoroughly you will have noticed I've broken several of my own rules: my home page background is different from allrepparttar 134765 other pages; there are a few pages with purely decorative graphics in place of dividing lines; and elsewhere I used all capitals for my heading. But I'm not telling you which pages these latter are on!



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Web Design: Integrating e-Commerce

Written by Kurt Thumlert


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Why is that ideal? Because rather than simultaneously juggle three or four different companies to expedite services for your client's site, you have one point of contact for all your e-commerce needs. Later, this benefit extends to your clients as well: they will have that same point of contact for all of their customer service and maintenance issues. Everything is already consolidated and streamlined.

Of course, compatibility and integration is key to a successful partnership. Therefore, technology like automated payment processing systems, catalogs, and shopping carts must not only be state-of-the-art, but flexible enough to be seamlessly integrated into your design work. Here, your vendor should be able to offer secure transactions, a robust processing system, full-featured catalogs and shopping carts (with custom-design capability), and secure hosting at a recognized data center.

And so you don't have to forecloserepparttar possibility working with a wide variety of clients, your service provider must be able to accommodate multiple business models and commerce channels - from shippable e-tail and downloadable goods to subscription and donation-based platforms.

Above all,repparttar 134762 process of adding e-commerce functionality to a website should always enhance design. Aesthetics and navigability cannot be jeopardized. Your web development credibility is at stake when you integrate an e-commerce platform into a client site - and that's why your service provider has to be reputable on all fronts. With a single, reliable vendor, you also avoid any 'weak links' among a group of individual service providers.

Finally, if you are working with a single-source partner, you haverepparttar 134763 opportunity to negotiate a lucrative reseller or revenue sharing plan. Your web development packages will not only offer total e-commerce functionality, but every time you e-commerce enable a client site, you'll earn a percentage or fee forrepparttar 134764 referral. By working with a vendor who consolidates all aspects of an e-commerce platform, you have a better position to leverage a worthwhile revenue sharing deal.

Kurt Thumlert is Internet Content Specialist for PaymentOnline - a company that provides e-commerce solutions like the eCom Business Pack Pro for Web Developers . Feel free to contact Kurt at kurt@paymentonline.com


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