WYSIWYG Versus Coding: HTML With A Purpose

Written by Jim D. Ray

After years of working with entrepreneurs who developed their first web site using an image-based editor,repparttar new world of internet marketing has placed a stronger emphasis on web development that conforms to technical concerns such as search engine optimization and multi-browser compatibility.

Wigging Out

WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get, pronounced “whizzy wig”) web site editing programs can allow anyone to develop rich, full-feature web sites without a working knowledge of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). Many of these programs feature a “drag and drop” user interface, accomplishing eye-catching web site development in muchrepparttar 141520 same way one might perform desktop publishing.

However, many, if not most of these programs generate HTML files that oftentimes results in compatibility issues. A few key concerns in developing web sites using WYSIWYG editors include:

* Text content may not be positioned atrepparttar 141521 top ofrepparttar 141522 HTML file, which search engines like Google use to determine search engine ranking; * Font sizes may not be fixed, displaying garbled or overlapping text; * Content placement may not appear uniformly in less popular, yet fully functional browsers; * Future expandability of your web site may be limited torepparttar 141523 program’s design interface.

Although many WYSIWYG programs are capable of developing visually appealing web design, HTML automatically generated byrepparttar 141524 program for upload torepparttar 141525 World Wide Web may limit your web site’s compatibility and expandability, long-term.

Coding by Hand

Coding HTML by hand can be a challenging, yet worthwhile endeavor, asrepparttar 141526 flexibility of hand-coded HTML measurably outweighsrepparttar 141527 time required to become familiar withrepparttar 141528 language.

Although a relatively simple programming language, HTML is a diverse subject with many facets that can be used to create a dynamic, rich web presence. There are a number of on-line tutorials offering basic and advanced HTML guidance, as well as HTML’s secondary offshoot languages, such as DHTML and XML. A search on Google (http://www.google.com) using terms such as “HTML how to” or “HTML tutorial” will produce a myriad of results for new and advanced programmers.

Web Site Design Mistakes

Written by Halstatt Pires

Some wise human once said "Learn fromrepparttar mistakes of others. There isn't nearly enough time to make them all yourself." Hence this article. Here are five ofrepparttar 141423 most annoying and common web design mistakes.

1. Slow download time - Don't be that site that is filled withrepparttar 141424 coolest gizmos inrepparttar 141425 world. You know, animation, music and other "cool" things. Why? Because nobody is going to go to it because it takes too long to download. A nice clean site that downloads quickly will get you much further than a site with allrepparttar 141426 fixings that takes forever to download.

2. Unreadable text - If a user has to struggle to readrepparttar 141427 text on your web site, chances are they won't. Here are some common readability issues:

A. Low contrast text and background - Don't use light colored text on a light background. Also, don't use dark text on a dark background. Text is most easily read with extreme contrasts betweenrepparttar 141428 background and text. Black on white is about as good as it gets for readability. Red on black is pretty bad. Yellow on white isn't so hot either.

B. Text on a busy background - Text is most easily read on solid color background. Putting text on textured backgrounds can make it much harder to read.

C. Small Text - Text that is really tiny may look cool, but is hard to read. If you must use small text, make sure changingrepparttar 141429 text size in a browser will changerepparttar 141430 size of your text. Using style sheets can some times over-ride a browser's ability to increase text size.

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