Checklist For A Successful Web Site Design

Written by Viki Nygaard

Designing a Web site can be a time consuming and often complicated task. Even if you have a general idea or a vision for your site, there are many details that will need your attention beforerepparttar project is completed. How inrepparttar 134674 world do you keep up with it all?

We suggest that you start a journal that will contain your thoughts, notes, and ideas for your Web site design. You can use a standard manila file folder and loose-leaf paper or you may want to create a folder on your computer and use a text editor such as Microsoft Word for your pages. Label your folder "My Web Site". You will need six pages. Label each page as follows:

1.Purpose and Goals 2.Target Audience 3.What I Like 4.What I Don't Like 5.Site Map 6.Other Thoughts/Ideas

Or feel free to visit to downloadrepparttar 134675 worksheets we use. (This is alsorepparttar 134676 page we use when customers hire us. Please look beyondrepparttar 134677 information and deposit sections. The worksheet you need is starts withrepparttar 134678 question "What isrepparttar 134679 purpose of your site?")

1. Purpose and Goals What isrepparttar 134680 purpose of your Web site? What do you hope to achieve with it? What are your goals? Is your purpose to attract a larger audience through search engines? Or to provide information to your current customer base? Jot down your thoughts on your "Purpose and Goals" worksheet. This will help keep you focused on working towards and achievingrepparttar 134681 goals you set for your Web site.

2. Target Audience Take some time to think about who your target audience is. What is their age group? Their gender? Most importantly, what sort of a Web design interface is going to appeal to them?

What do you plan to say to them? Do you have a good idea of how to communicate with your target customer through your Web site copy? Consider what their problems are and how you plan to offers solutions to those problems through your product or service. Write down your thoughts on your "Target Audience" worksheet.

3. What You Like Spend time browsingrepparttar 134682 Web. Take note ofrepparttar 134683 Web sites that appeal to you. What is it you like about them? The layout? The colors? The navigation? The fonts?

Layout Think about how you would like your Web site layout to look. Write downrepparttar 134684 URL's of several Web sites that have a layout similar to what you would like to have on your Web site. Add notes on what you like aboutrepparttar 134685 layout to your "What I Like" worksheet.

Navigation What kind of navigation links would you like for your site? Buttons? Tabs? Text links? Drop down menu? A combination? Again, take note ofrepparttar 134686 URL's of several Web sites that have navigation links that you like.

Colors Carefully choose your colors. We can't emphasize enough how importantrepparttar 134687 colors are. Keep your target audience in mind - what would appeal to them? Remember that colors represent emotions and perceptions. ˇElegant, business-like colors include dark colors such as navy blue and burgundy. ˇFresh, healthy colors include bright colors such as pale yellows, blues and greens. ˇLoud, high-impact colors include vibrant colors such as red and bright shades of yellow, blue, orange and purple and black.

When you see a Web site that has a color or color scheme that you would like for your site be sure to write downrepparttar 134688 URL on your worksheet! We recommend choosing one color that will be your primary color throughoutrepparttar 134689 site and one or two complimentary colors.

Putting Sound on your Web Site - Part 1

Written by John Rickey

Putting sound on your web site can give your web site that special sparkle. As Interlaced graphics are gradually focusing onrepparttar page,repparttar 134673 visitor can be put intorepparttar 134674 proper mood, preparing them forrepparttar 134675 graphic images and textual messages they will see. In this article I will discussrepparttar 134676 best ways to put sound on your web site. Please keep in mind I am not exclusively addressingrepparttar 134677 best sound formats available onrepparttar 134678 web but rather gettingrepparttar 134679 best sounds that will load quickly and encourage visitors to stay.

Types of Sound Files There are many ways of putting sound on your web page. The most common sound files are wave, Mp3 or MIDI files. When coding sounds to automatically play when a visitor enters your web page, Wave and Mp3 files should generally be avoided. If you want to automatically play a sound file when visitors enter your web page, MIDI isrepparttar 134680 way to go. Complete songs in MIDI occupy about 5k ot 15k bytes. Its probably better to take a key short 8 to 12 bar section of a song and loop it on your web page. Although looping a poorly chosen song can drive visitors crazy. These smaller song loops occupy 2k to 7kbytes. (I will show you laterrepparttar 134681 html to put MIDI on your page.) Onrepparttar 134682 other hand a wave file lasting more than a second, is just too large to put on a web page as it will take too long to load (100K).

MIDI What exactly then is MIDI? MIDI is a special computer language that communicates music. It can only communicate music by controlling stored sampled sounds. When you make a MIDI file,repparttar 134683 number of different sounds you can record is limited by your sound card. (Although you can download new sampled sounds fromrepparttar 134684 web). Most new sound cards such asrepparttar 134685 Sound Blaster Live have 127 different voices or sounds(General MIDI), on them.

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