Website designers and designing

Written by Judy Gillis

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quickly as possible, without allrepparttar extraneous trappings I've already mentioned. If you think you haverepparttar 134723 time to learn how to design your own website, I have good news for you. Forgive me "plugging" someone else's business, but I've never regrettedrepparttar 134724 time I've spent on this site: . Check it out for some really great FREE tutorials on web design. Victoria teaches with Netscape Composer (part of Communicator 4.7 and downloadable free), but if you want to use another type of web design interface (such as FrontPage by Microsoft, or even Adobe) she has suggestions on her site as to where you can find good tutorials on creating websites with these applications as well. There's even a section where you can download some free backgrounds and gifs for your site. If you already have a web site up and running, please do yourself a favor and visit it once in a while. Pretend you're a customer looking for a certain type of product. Try every single one ofrepparttar 134725 links to make sure they work. Can you get torepparttar 134726 homepage from every page? Can you get torepparttar 134727 order form, from anywhere on your site? Do you have a section on shipping and handling charges (if any apply)? Does your cgi -- if you used interactive forms -- work? (i.e., can you submit a sample order to yourself fromrepparttar 134728 site and have it go through to your email?). Can customers email you with questions? These are but a few considerations when either choosing a web designer OR designing your own site. There are any number of other considerations. For now, I've just looked atrepparttar 134729 option of either designing your own site, or finding a website designer to do it for you. Thanks for reading my short opinion/article. I hope it's been helpful. Next time I might explorerepparttar 134730 issue of merchant accounts and shipping and handling charges.

Judy Gillis Web Design should be simple, but it takes time. If you can't do it yourself, visit sites I've designed!

How to give your small business web site a corporate look

Written by Milana Nastetskaya

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6. Add a toll free phone number and a physical mailing address, if possible. An 1-800 number always makes an impression on me as I can pick uprepparttar phone and ask a question of a real person.

7. Consider using a multiple-column site design instead of one or two columns. Take a look at big corporate web sites like,, - they are all constructed with at least 3-4 columns. I like to call it a "magazine" layout, becauserepparttar 134722 columns are also illustrated with small clipart or photographs and creates a really fancy commercial appearance.

8. Make your web site consistent. Choose a design and use it on every page, along with your logo. Don't make every page on your site look different like so many personal web sites do. It's distracting and confusing, and your visitors might not even realize they are still on your site.

9. Create a "Partners" section on your web site. List your affiliates, ad exchange partners, joint venture partners, or those people who published your articles. The word "partners" itself sounds so big and important that it will immediately boost your credibility inrepparttar 134723 eyes of your visitors. Just make sure to listrepparttar 134724 names professionally: instead of Joe Smith say "Founder ofrepparttar 134725 very first site for seniors awareness, Joe Smith".

10. Make sure your web site is filled with useful content. Put up a "Frequently Asked Questions" page, gather relevant articles with free reprint rights, as well as your own writings. Post your newsletter archives, tips, business history and owner's information. Most big corporate web sites have a wealth of helpful information.

11. Add a "Translate To Another Language" link to your web site. Simply go to, click on "Translate", chooserepparttar 134726 language, and type in your web site address. You will see your web site in a different language placed in a frame. Right-click on your web page and choose "Properties". Highlightrepparttar 134727 URL and link to it from your main web site.

For example, if you click on

you will see my translated into German. Too bad they didn't have a Russian translation - I am just dying to find out how to say "Helping Foot" in my native language :-)

Milana Nastetskaya is a full time web and the author of two books: "Create Your First Busines Web Site in 10 days" and "65 Instant Web Design Answers".

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