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.

Web Site Design Mistakes Ė Database Parameters In URLs

Written by Halstatt Pires


Creating a web site takes thought, planning and execution. Unfortunately, many designs are dead inrepparttar water before they are even published as far as search engine optimization is concerned. Whatever you do, avoid these critical mistakes.

Database Parameters in URL

Many web site designers donít take into accountrepparttar 141422 effect of database parameters in site URLs. A database parameter tellsrepparttar 141423 server what should be loaded onto a particular page when a viewer tries to see it. In essence,repparttar 141424 page is ďdynamicĒ because it is being pulled together with each click. Robot programs that are used by search engines to index sites hate dynamic pages. Often, they will not even indexrepparttar 141425 pages andrepparttar 141426 page of your site is not listed inrepparttar 141427 search engine.

Letís look at an example usingrepparttar 141428 Nomad Adventure Journals site. The home page URL is aptly, http://www.nomadjournals.com - a static page. In this URL, there are no parameters tellingrepparttar 141429 server to load anything other than a static web page. All search engines will index this page without any problem.

Now, what if we changedrepparttar 141430 page to something dynamic. Letís say we designed it to recordrepparttar 141431 session identification [identifyrepparttar 141432 viewer] and dynamically loadrepparttar 141433 pictures onrepparttar 141434 page. We would have one parameter forrepparttar 141435 session identification and four parameters forrepparttar 141436 various pictures onrepparttar 141437 page. The URL forrepparttar 141438 home page might look something like:

http://www.nomadjournals.com/home/index.html?&DID=9&User_ID&CATID=15&ObjectGroup_ID=39

What a mess. A search engine robot is going to balk at indexing such pages. It simply canít tell what is onrepparttar 141439 page. If you have parameters and session identifications inrepparttar 141440 URLs of your site pages, you are going to have a very difficult time getting intorepparttar 141441 search engine rankings. Obviously, that precludes you from getting any top rankings and free traffic.

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