Basics of Web Design

As a web designer, there are some fundamentals of web design that you are expected to know without having to be taught. The following are some of them.

File size counts. Graphics tend to make for relatively large file sizes and this could severely slow the loading of pages that contain too many graphics. Despite the advent of broadband internet and faster load times, many web users are still not willing to wait very long for pages to load.

Your web design company will undoubtedly wish for you to make the load times required for your pages as short as possible so as not to discourage impatient viewers from visiting your web site.

Use appropriate graphics. Images that you place on your web site should be related in some way to the content of your site. You should not include images simply because you think they look nice or because you like them. That will simply clutter up your web site and discourage visitors.

Perhaps the only exception is with regard to design images. These images constitute the page design and may not have any relation to the content of the site.

Images should be static. Blinking Images rotate or flash simply distracts viewers from the content of the web site and gives your site more chance of getting attention. Your main aim is to get visitors to view the contents of each page and not simply notice the graphics that you have added. 

Web Design- On Layout
Refrain from using layouts that are too complicated or confusing. Pages that have a large number of frames or require visitors to scroll the page in many directions in order to view the content are not conducive for readers and may confuse or annoy visitors to your site.

It should not come as surprise, therefore, if your web design company encourages you to use the standard three-column layout for the web pages that you design. The reason for this is that this layout ensures that your web page is very clear and easy to read. 

Whitespace is important. You should not simply ignore whitespace because it contains nothing. The amount of whitespace that is present in each of your web pages affects the way in which readers view your page.

It is important to ensure that you pay attention to how the layout of your web page affects the amount of whitespace present.

Neither too much nor too little makes for an attractive web page.Graphics can be used as actual elements in your web page, instead of being relegated to a background design role.