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DO's AND DON'T's
After browsing web sites to evaluate their content, layout,
and graphics we are able to offer these suggestions:


DO:
  • browse other sites with the same type of content as what you want and see what catches your eye.  Take notes on what you like and what you don't like.
  • think about what colors and the type of graphics you want.

  • keep a theme throughout your entire site to let people know they are still on your site and haven't jumped to somebody else's.
  • use carefully selected pictures that will entertain your visitors and help them to focus on your subject matter.
  • have an area that "humanizes" you if your visitors don't know anything about you.  Many people feel better when they know there is a real person behind the scenes and want to read something about you.  However, don't put it on the first page.  Give them the option of reading about you or not reading about you.
  • re-consider if you are planning on using a background graphic that has a left-border (like our samples of band, flowers, and quail).  We give you some reasons here.

DON'T:
  • put a ton of content all across your page.  Make it simple so people can find what they are looking for without having to search up and down lists of stuff.
  •  have more than one animated graphic in view at any time.  They may draw your visitors' eyes away from your message and make it more difficult for them to concentrate.  Use animation selectively to enhance your message.
  • have light colored text on a dark background unless you are absolutely sure you like the way it looks on other pages.  It strains some people's eyes.
  • search for your domain name unless you are ready to purchase it.  There are unscrupulous companies out there that intercept searches and buy names so they can sell them back to you at higher prices.
  • put your picture at the top of the first page unless it is important to the message you want to convey.  Most people don't care what you look like.  They are interested in what you have to say or sell.  Even if you have a famous face then they already know what it looks like.
If you want to view some really horribly designed web pages so you can see what NOT to do
take a look at: 
www.webpagesthatsuck.com


FAQ's

Q:  Will I be able to maintain my own web site after you set it up for me?
A:  It all depends if you know what you are doing.  It is helpful to have a web page creation program, but you can make changes at the web host as well.

Q:  What if I mess up my web pages?  Will you fix them for me?
A:  We will have a backup of all your pages the way they were when we finished with them.  We will reinstall all of them in that condition back onto your server for a charge of $35.00.  Of course, if you want us to take over for you at that point then you will be charged our hourly fee.

Q:  Can I register my own domain name and get my own web hosting company before you create my web site?
A:  Absolutely!  We can do it for you, but will charge extra for our time spent.  We'll be glad to make suggestions on how you can do it yourself and what kinds of things you will need to have and to know.

Q:  I don't have any of my own graphics.  Will that be a problem?
A:  Don't give it another thought.  We will be able to enhance your pages with graphics we create or find.



TERMINOLOGY / DEFINITIONS
Definitions are simplified to enable you to understand what I'm saying.

DOMAIN NAME:  the special name that takes you to a web site.  This domain name is kaysheavenlywebdesign.com.

FAQ's:  Frequently asked questions

FAVICON:  The little picture that shows up next to the site name on browsers on the navigation tab, in the URL window, or next to the bookmark.  It stands for "favorite icon".  The favicon for this site looks similar to this:  Tiny angel

META TAGS:  the codes that some browsers read to categorize your site.  There are meta tags for keywords (when you plug words into a search engine to find a site you are using keywords), meta tags for a description of what your site is all about, and other meta tags for various things.

SERVERS:  the big computers that are always online and used by web hosts.  They keep the "world wide web" open 24 hours a day.

WEB HOST:  a company with a big computer that stays online all the time.  They rent out space on their computer to people like you so you can put your web pages on their server.

 

SCREEN RESOLUTION

Different monitors view web pages in different ways.  The older computers could only "see" 640 by 480 pixels at a time.  In the year 1996 larger resolution monitors began being produced.  Since then there have been lots of different sizes.

Most people will be viewing your pages at a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels or higher.  Not too many people still have the old, smaller, screens.  The resolutions on screens can usually be changed by the users.  Here's how to see what resolution your screen is using:  What is my screen resolution?  That page also tells you how to change your resolution.

Your pages will be designed to look good on screens with 1024 x 768 resolution and bigger.  The fonts might be a little more difficult to read on bigger because they will look smaller.  However, the fonts we use are of a readable size and are larger than many on other people's pages.  Plus the computer user will have the option of changing his screen resolution to enlarge his view.




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