How to save money on a website

Written by Talita Kindermann

  • Know what you want

    Make sure you know why you want a website and what you want your website to do for you. Write down some short term and long term goals. Establishing an Internet presence for your business is an important step – make sure you do it right! You need to have a clear vision before you start.

  • Surfrepparttar internet

    Compile a list of websites that appeal to you in aspects of: colour scheme, content, layout and other related design properties. This will help your web designer factor in your personal tastes and preferences intorepparttar 135515 design process and produce a website you’re proud of!

  • Planrepparttar 135516 content of your website

    Draw a hierarchical tree menu structure (site map) so that you can see how everything will fit in and write downrepparttar 135517 names of your pages. You know your company better than your web designer! Writerepparttar 135518 content for your website – even if it is just in bullet points, a skilled copywriter can always step in from there. Keep in mind you need to write for your website visitors. As always, content is king.

Why accessibility is important to you

Written by John S. Britsios

Accessibility is becoming increasingly critical torepparttar Internet experience. Is your site accessible to people with disabilities? Is it compatible with browsers other than Internet Explorer?

Continue reading to discover how accessibility can benefit you, as well as your visitors.

What is accessibility

It is a term that is more associated with architectural thought, rather than Web Site Design. There is a legislation, which determinesrepparttar 135514 minimum standards for new buildings. As a result, new buildings today often have wheelchair ramps, accessible lifts and disability parking spaces, allowing anyone with disabilities to gain access to a building, userepparttar 135515 provided services, buyrepparttar 135516 products, and talk withrepparttar 135517 people inside.

With web sites,repparttar 135518 term traditionally refers torepparttar 135519 development of sites that are accessible to "all" users who may want to access them -- in other words, "Universal Web Sites." Tim Berners-Lee, W3C director and inventor ofrepparttar 135520 World Wide Web, defines it as "access by everyone, regardless of disability."

Even thoughrepparttar 135521 World Wide Web is continuously growing, many users:

* use speech browsers or eyes busy/hands busy, as businessmen in cars; * don't haverepparttar 135522 latest graphical browsers and plug-ins; * surf with slow modems, or reside in rural or remote areas with limited access torepparttar 135523 Internet; * browse without graphics, using text-only browsers or subscribe to non-graphic services; * access in noisy, high- or low-light environments;

There are also many users with disabilities as;

* Visual - blind, low vision, color blind; * Auditory - deaf, hard of hearing; * Motor/physical - paraplegic; * Cognitive/learning - dyslexic, learning disabled. More at WebAIM:

Accessibility increases benefits for both parties:repparttar 135524 User andrepparttar 135525 Web site Provider.

Users benefits from accessibility

Every user, regardless of physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities, constraints and/or technological barriers can:

* accessrepparttar 135526 information; * userepparttar 135527 services; * buyrepparttar 135528 products; * talk torepparttar 135529 people associated with each Web site.

In other words, satisfied users may become loyal users, continue usingrepparttar 135530 web site, and even recommend to others. Providers benefits from accessibility

* Increase audience; * Improve maintainability and efficiency; * Improve and regain reputation; * Satisfy existing and future legal requirements; * and much more.

Auxiliary benefits of accessible web design

According torepparttar 135531 World Accessibility Initiative, providers haverepparttar 135532 following benefits:

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