Written by Laraine Anne Barker

Other "unfriendly" things often found on web sites are: 1 "Blinking" text--fortunately not so common these days. 2 Words marching acrossrepparttar page. 3 Words marching acrossrepparttar 134763 status bar atrepparttar 134764 bottom ofrepparttar 134765 browser. That's where I want to seerepparttar 134766 URL ofrepparttar 134767 link at which my mouse is pointing, for goodness' sake!

These gimmicks, along with animated graphics, are extremely distracting, especially torepparttar 134768 eyes of visitors who are much more interested in whatrepparttar 134769 owner ofrepparttar 134770 web site has to say.

SUMMING UP: Well, this series of articles deals with some of my personal prejudices. However, things that irritate me might not be important to someone else, and you don't have to take notice of them if you don't want to. Nevertheless, most of these faults ARE considered by genuine professional web designers to be serious ones. While some people insist a web page is nothing like a printed page, and web designers are therefore free to break allrepparttar 134771 rules of good page layout and design,repparttar 134772 fact remains that if it looks ugly on paper it looks just as ugly on a monitor. Do you really fancy reading a book or newspaper with black pages and white, blue or bright green print, for instance? Well, then, why would anyone want to read something like this on a monitor? However, I'm amazed atrepparttar 134773 number of web site creators who expect me to do just this!

Certainly visitors who can't navigate your site are going to think you're less than courteous. They will probably think you're an idiot if they can't read your site's content because you haven't specified a suitable background colour and your type isrepparttar 134774 same colour as their default background colour. Also, if you don't specifyrepparttar 134775 height and width of your images these will take ages to download and your visitors will give up and go elsewhere. I do. Likewise, if you don't userepparttar 134776 ALT tag so that text-only visitors can read what your picture is about, they won't be tempted to ask for it to load. That's just common sense, surely!

Web Design: Integrating e-Commerce

Written by Kurt Thumlert

For web developers who prioritize graphics and design work, reconcilingrepparttar art of web development with building an e-commerce platform can be somewhat problematic. Design and programming arerepparttar 134762 foci - and these arerepparttar 134763 skills developers spend years refining, weekends investigating, and long nights tweaking. That's why for many people providing web design solutions,repparttar 134764 e-commerce dimension of building a site can often be a bit unruly - if not downright utilitarian.

Here, it'srepparttar 134765 art and science of web development that'srepparttar 134766 fun part. Juggling a variety of e-commerce vendors for different e-commerce needs (or performingrepparttar 134767 in-house technical work of commerce-enabling a client site) can be infinitely less rewarding than primary web design/development.

Unfortunately, most clients don't spend a lot time reviewingrepparttar 134768 nuances of source code - that weird cipher rippling beneathrepparttar 134769 surface of their web pages. Instead, business functionality is their primary goal - and online credit card authorization may supplant web artistry on your clients' list of priorities. And rightly so - it's their business at stake.

So onrepparttar 134770 web developer's plate, you haverepparttar 134771 responsibility of translating a client's vision into a web-based reality, of mobilizingrepparttar 134772 underlying code. In many cases, you also haverepparttar 134773 additional task of e-commerce enablingrepparttar 134774 site - integrating e-commerce systems and coordinating various service providers. Synchronizing these latter aspects of development can be frustrating, regardless of whether you outsource or perform tasks in-house.

Here, you may be required to organize secure server hosting, integrate an automated payment processing system and secure order page, incorporate catalog and shopping cart functionality, and in some cases you may even have to help swing a card-not-present merchant account so your client can accept credit cards onrepparttar 134775 Internet. There's a lot of detail work to manage.

The solution, of course, is to eliminate all this confusion by finding one reliable service provider who you can handlerepparttar 134776 entire spectrum of e-commerce tasks for you. The ideal situation - for bothrepparttar 134777 web developer andrepparttar 134778 client - is to have these e-commerce duties out-sourced to a 'single-source' e-commerce company: a vendor that can manage and coordinate every feature of a solid, flexible e-commerce platform.

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