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.

Good web Design: External Links

Written by Richard Lowe

The world wide web is called a web for a reason. The concept is simple. Allow people to tie (link) documents together in any manner which they see fit. This gives readersrepparttar capability to move from document to document as needed.

For example, you might have an article about diabetes which links to reports about drugs and blood monitors. These in turn may link to other documents which go into greater detail onrepparttar 134672 symptoms, as well asrepparttar 134673 results of medical studies and even FDA reports.

This isrepparttar 134674 wayrepparttar 134675 web was designed to work. When a document (an HTML page) is properly designed, it references sources all overrepparttar 134676 web as needed for many different reasons:

- to go into greater detail onrepparttar 134677 subject matter - to provide alternate viewpoints - to give supporting evidence - to provide references used inrepparttar 134678 creation ofrepparttar 134679 document - to list additional related information - to define terms

Properly used and maintained, external links add incredible value to a web site. Some webmasters do not like to include any external links (except for those carefully segregated on a "links page") because they believe that this causes visitors to leave their site. Their belief is they worked very hard to get people to visit, so why encourage them to leave?

These webmasters do not really understandrepparttar 134680 web. Furthermore, they do not comprehendrepparttar 134681 major reasons why people visit sites inrepparttar 134682 first place, and why they return torepparttar 134683 same site over and over.

As a rule (with some exceptions) people surfrepparttar 134684 web because they are looking for information or entertainment. These arerepparttar 134685 primary uses ofrepparttar 134686 internet. Generally, surveys show that shopping or making any kind of purchase is not high onrepparttar 134687 reasons people spend their time web surfing. No indeed, what they primarily want is to find out something. In fact, it is quite common for your average surfer to use a web site to research their purchase, then drive down torepparttar 134688 local store to pick it up themselves.

If you site has a good, well coordinated set of external links than you are giving your visitors access to additional information, which in turn provides them with an excellent reason to visit your site again. Yes, your visitor may surf elsewhere, but given thatrepparttar 134689 quality ofrepparttar 134690 external links is high, he will most likely return.

I have spent much time figuring out a good ratio of external links within a web site. I have found that a site can definitely have too many links to other sites. Too many links produces a whole series of problems:

- The internet is very active, so links tend to become obsolete very quickly. If you have a very large number of links in your site, you are ensuring that you will spend a great amount of time checking for link rot (http://www.internet-tips.net/Webmaster/maintlinkrot.htm). If you do not check your links often more and more of them will produce 404 errors, which will tend to cause visitors to NOT return to your site.

- The desire is to have quality links. This is what causes visitors to want to return. A large quantity of external links (especially a huge number on a single page) tends to make it seem as ifrepparttar 134691 links are of lesser quality. In other words,repparttar 134692 appearance is that you just slapped together a bunch of links without much thought.

- If a large number of your links are of subjects unrelated to your web site, then you most definitely have degraded, inrepparttar 134693 eyes of your visitors, your site. You see, they came to your site because it contained information about a specific subject (or several different subjects). Linking to unrelated sites tends to dilute your site and chase away visitors.

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