Whatever Happened To Keep It Simple?

Written by John Colanzi

I don't know, maybe it's just me, but it seemsrepparttar KISS formula has been tossed outrepparttar 134768 window.

I visit various sites that are supposed to be selling a product or service and get various messages such as:

<> We'd like to let you know you don't haverepparttar 134769 latest version of IE or Netscape and we'd like to ask you to upgrade your browser at this time.

<> We're sorry but this site can only be viewed with Internet Explorer.

<> If you want to view our site you'll have to downloadrepparttar 134770 flash media software.

<> Sorry you need to download these plug ins before viewing our site.

Well I have to admit I'm out of there when it comes to any of these sites.

If I'm looking for a product or service and you want my money, don't ask me to jump through hoops to hand it to you.

I'm not visiting your site so I can spendrepparttar 134771 rest ofrepparttar 134772 night adding plug ins, upgrading browsers and being told I'm not welcome unless I do a "dog and pony" show for you.

Maybe I'm wrong, but web surfers have a limited attention span when it comes to making a buying decision and I really don't think they're coming to be impressed by your site. They're stopping by to see if you have what they want, need or desire.

11 Web Site Design Tips to Keep Your Visitors Coming Back

Written by Joe Gracia


While Java and Shockwave animations may look neat, they rarely increase your marketing results. More often than not, they will distract your visitors from your marketing message, or even crash your visitors' computers.

Many of your visitors won't haverepparttar necessary plug-ins needed to view these animations.

Perhaps in a few years Internet technology will makerepparttar 134767 use of these animation techniques more accessible to your visitors. Until then, you are much better off keeping your Web site simple and focusing on your marketing strategy and your content.


If content is king, then easy reading is queen. If trying to readrepparttar 134768 information on your Web site is difficult in any way,repparttar 134769 majority of your visitors will leave and not come back.

Don't put your words on dark or black backgrounds--the Star Wars effect. It's very difficult to read.

Don't put your words on patterned backgrounds, even ifrepparttar 134770 pattern is very simple. Anything behind your words will be distracting and make your copy difficult to read.

Use black or very dark text on plain white backgrounds forrepparttar 134771 bulk of your text on your Web site. People are used to reading black type on white paper.

Don't use fancy fonts. Many of your visitors have limited or different fonts on their computers. Their computer will then simply replace your fancy font with something totally different. You'll never know what your visitors are seeing withrepparttar 134772 substitute fonts.

Use Times Roman, Helvetica or Arial for your fonts because these fonts are available on everyone's computer. By sticking to these basic fonts you will be safe in assuming that your visitors are seeing what you created.

Use ALL CAPS very sparingly. It's okay to use all caps for a short headline or subhead here and there, but don't overdo it. ALL CAPS is like yelling or DECLARING WAR!! You especially don't want to set an entire paragraph in all caps or you will definitely repel your visitors.

Create a consistent format for your fonts. Use one font and size for your major page titles, one for your subheads, and one forrepparttar 134773 body text of your articles.

Create standard and consistent links. Links should be blue and underlined whenever possible. Be careful not to underline other phrases that are not links, because your visitors will think they are links and get very frustrated clicking on them.

Keep it simple. Keep it consistent.


Pick up your local newspaper or a national magazine and look atrepparttar 134774 articles printed in them. Notice how narrowrepparttar 134775 columns are. They are designed like that for a purpose.

Narrow copy is much easier for people to read than long lines. For one, people can absorb a very short line of copy much more easily than a long one that they must break down mentally into smaller segments.

Plus, when your copy lines are long, people often have a more difficult time findingrepparttar 134776 beginning ofrepparttar 134777 next line.

If you keep your copy lines short, no more than 85 characters, you will make it much easier for your visitors to read your articles.

Long lines repel. Short lines attract.


Nothing is more repellant to a Web surfer than a solid block of text that is 20-40 lines long. Ugh! It's like reading a legal document.

If you want your readers to keep reading your copy, then you have to make it as easy and as inviting as possible for them.

Keep your lines short, and keep your paragraphs to 5-6 lines each. The shorter,repparttar 134778 better.


You can also make your copy more appealing to your visitors, by breaking up your paragraphs with bold sub- heads that describerepparttar 134779 next section. It relievesrepparttar 134780 monotony, plus it helps them to understand what is coming up next.

You can also use bulleted lists to make it easy to see listed points.


Your visitors aren't going to wait forever for your neat animation or graphics to load. Keep your graphics small and use them sparingly. The faster your Web page loadsrepparttar 134781 fewer visitors you will lose. You want to keep your loading time under 20 seconds. Focus on content not graphics.


Too many Web site owners mistakenly believe that everyone surfingrepparttar 134782 Web is an Internet expert. They are not. They don't know much about navigation, or Java, or forms, etc.

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