When You Create A Web Site, Don't Make A Splash!

Written by Herb and Monica Leibacher

Don't make a splash!

Are you thinking about using a splash page when you create a web site? You would be wise to think again.

What is a splash page?

Generally, it is a fancy entrance graphic which requires your visitor to click in order to enterrepparttar main home page of your web site. It may include a movie-like presentation with lots of sound effects and moving, flashy, animated graphics. These are often created using a technology called Macromedia Flash.

Top three reasons

Here arerepparttar 138988 top three reasons why you shouldn't use a splash page when you create a web site:

1 - Your visitor's don't like them

According to test conducted by web site research firm Marketing Sherpa, 80% of visitors surveyed preferred a web site without an entrance splash page. One quote by a survey responded summed it up: "When searchingrepparttar 138989 web, my most immediate concern in generally time, how quick I can find/do it." Since a splash page just takes up your visitor's time without providing real and useful information, they generally don't like them.

Is Your Site Too Slow? Why Image Optimization Is Critical When You Create A Web Site

Written by Herb and Monica Leibacher

Graphics are fun, but if you put in too many bells and whistles when you create your web site, you may lose a potential audience whose Internet connection canít handle lots of graphics, and that means youíll be losing potential customers.

According to UK website experts Boommm.com, one ofrepparttar major concerns in website graphical development is whatrepparttar 138987 results will look like on different browsers, platforms and screen sizes.

Efuse.com writer Toni Will-Harris, a website graphics expert, offers nine steps to help you controlrepparttar 138988 graphics on your website:

1 - Keep graphics files small (under 20K) and graphics for navigation under 10K. Your graphics should be saved at a resolution no greater than 96 dpi. Hereís how to decide which format to choose:

> If your graphics have many colors, save them as JPG files. > If your graphics have few colors, choose GIF. > When using GIF, try optimized palettes that contain onlyrepparttar 138989 colors used because they can cut file sizes in half.

2 - Keep text files small (less than 10K). They should be broken into logical chunks and linked.

3 - Design for easy reading. Make your backgrounds as light as possible. If you use a background image, keeprepparttar 138990 action onrepparttar 138991 side, out ofrepparttar 138992 way ofrepparttar 138993 text. Put navigation onrepparttar 138994 left side ofrepparttar 138995 screen because it's practical and allows you to reserve part ofrepparttar 138996 screen (usually between 150 and 200 pixels) for navigation and identity.

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