Written by Laraine Anne Barker

Part 2: IMAGES: make every one count

Don't load your page with graphics, especially those "under construction" things. Ifrepparttar graphic has nothing to do withrepparttar 134750 content of your page it is best left out. "Why," I hear you ask, "shouldn't I have as many pictures as I want?" Well:

1 Visitors who still have very slow modems will simply get tired of waiting for your page to download and go somewhere else. 2 About 30% of Internet users with browsers that support images disable this feature, and some older browsers are text-only, so your page can look messy if, for instance, it's full of empty boxes. 3 Unless your home page is devoted to, say, your artwork or your prize-winning photographs, graphics can distract fromrepparttar 134751 content of your site. 4 A large number of graphics, especially animated and other gimmicky ones, often indicate a site lacking in real substance.

By all means use graphics on your home page as links to other pages, but make sure you supply words as well. A line or row of little empty boxes means text-only visitors have to wave their mouse pointers over each box to see ifrepparttar 134752 link contains something of interest--and URLs can sometimes be so long and complicated that this information might be hard to extract. The first time I was put in this position was onrepparttar 134753 home page of a supposedly professional site (a publisher's site in fact) where I found nothing BUT empty boxes--no welcome, not evenrepparttar 134754 publisher's name. My thoughts were NOT kind ones! I recently visited a page where, becauserepparttar 134755 webmaster had used JavaScript for navigation, waving my mouse overrepparttar 134756 link did nothing but tell me that there WAS a link there!

Learn from the Masters (of Web Design)

Written by Stefene Russell

If you've ever been torepparttar Louvre, you know it's chock full of art students, who spend hours inrepparttar 134749 museum with their sketchpads, copyingrepparttar 134750 works ofrepparttar 134751 Masters. Poets do it too; that's why English majors spend hours doing "close readings" of Shakespeare before they begin to write their own stuff.

The "Learn fromrepparttar 134752 Masters" philosophy is what's behind Project Cool's "Sightings" section, and I think it's a sound one. Every day, one of their Dev-X editors chooses a site with outstanding design to inspire you to new web-mastering heights. If you really want to improve your web-building skills quickly, sign up to receive their daily "Sightings" newsletter, and spend ten minutes a day studying a great website. If you hate having your mailbox stuffed to capacity, you can also just browse their archives for ideas.

Here are some recent examples:

KG Worldwide Says Sightings, "Here's an example of how well a simple design can work. This site presents a clear navigation path forrepparttar 134753 user, but still maintains a professional designer's flair. Go to "The History" page to see a cool horizontal scroll interface."

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