How to Jazz up Your Site with Quality ClipArt

Written by Stefene Russell

Clipart has something of a bad name. And it's true, there's some terrible clip art out there. I always think ofrepparttar images that appeared in my grade-school reading workbooks: rigid line drawings of kids playing sports, pictures of fruit bowls (the apples were always colored in with lots of little dots for some reason), and dopey-looking cartoon animals. Thoughrepparttar 134621 world andrepparttar 134622 web still overflow with plenty of cut-rate, third-grade clip art, there's also a lot of good stuff out there, much of it free.

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8 Web Site Design Bloopers to Avoid

Written by Lisa Maliga

Designing your own web page or site is a project that can be as fun and creative as you like. You’re putting your work out there for potentially millions of people to read. Whether your site showcases your prized collection of stamps, your photos of family and pet[s], or you’re trying to build a new business; your web site isrepparttar best window of opportunity to make a good impression. Keep in mind that most surfers will give your page about 15 seconds. This means one thing: make it memorable! To do this, here are 8 important gaffes to avoid.

1. There are hundreds of available fonts fromrepparttar 134620 standard size Times New Roman to extra large and bold Goudy Stout. Using more than two, possibly three, fonts are not recommended. It’s fun experimenting withrepparttar 134621 right font for your page, but unless you’re creating a web site where you’re featuring fonts, keep it simple. Also, script fonts look awful when they’re done in all capital letters.

2. Withrepparttar 134622 advent of animated graphics [GIF’s], most of them available forrepparttar 134623 rock bottom price of nothing, people can go crazy decorating their site withrepparttar 134624 visual equivalent of Disney World. Some ofrepparttar 134625 animations do more than move; they make noise! Remember, folks, less is more! One or two appropriate animations per page can enhance it. Yes, animation is fun. But too much can be distracting.

3. Spell check your page. Read it. Then read it again. Even if you have a graphics’ intensive site, you will have some text. When that text is misspelled and/or full of grammatical errors, you’ll turn away a proportionate amount of traffic. I once discovered a site with TWELVE misspellings on one page! No matter what you’re selling or showing onrepparttar 134626 WWW, being able to do so in proper English [or whatever your language] is always appreciated. Most word processing programs include a spell check. And if you’re in doubt, have someone who likes to read and write proofread it.

4. Text only sites are BORING! If we want to read a book online we’ll go to an e-book company and download one! Or torepparttar 134627 library -- getrepparttar 134628 point? Even if you’re designing a serious reference site, there’s always a way to include an elegant little graphic, a non-white background, or a line to break uprepparttar 134629 paragraphs. The Internet is a visual medium for most of us [except those who run their browser in a text-only format], so make it look attractive. After all, you are inviting people to share something with you.

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