A Beginner's Guide to Designing Websites

MatthewA By MatthewA, 19th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/clnd7qa2/
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Are you about to design a first website? If so, there are a few things worth considering beforehand. This guide provides details as to the basics of Web design, the required software and some design tips.

A Beginner's Guide to Designing Websites

To begin with, consider the overall content of the website. That is to say what you are planning to include in the site, and how many potential pages may be included for a site. Then you should also consider a potential title for your site that will reflect the content in some way.

Some beginner's to website design may not be familiar with HTML. This stands for Hyper-Text-Mark-Up Language, which is essentially coding used for sites and pages. It includes a variety of scripts which can be used to design websites and pages, which are included in bracketed tags such as. Those are the opening and closing tags for paragraphs, with all closing tags including a / to close them.

While HTML can be used to design sites, it is not essential. HTML coding software can provide a way to design Web pages with HTML; however, there is alternative software. Web design software such as Dreamweaver does not require you to add any HTML, and instead provides a variety of design options. As such, such software is more recommended for beginners.

When you have found a suitable software package to design your site with, you can begin the website. Firstly, note that all websites have a home page. The home page of the website is the front page, or first page of the website, like a front cover or contents of a book. As such, the title of the website is included here, as well as the site index or contents with links to the other pages of the site. The home page is the first page to design.

The other pages of the site can then follow. How you design these pages is more a matter of preference. However, it is worth keeping the design of these pages fairly consistent with the same fonts, text size, similar background, etc. Also make use of sub-headings and titles to further subdivide the content of the site.

You can add pictures and video to websites. To add and include pictures, will make use of the standard formats for these which are either JPEG or GIF. Either of these formats will be suitable. If you plan to include a good number of pictures, then thumbnails are a better option. Essentially, these shrink the pictures, which can then be enlarged if selected.

Some more advanced effects can also be added to sites with JavaScript. JavaScript is slightly more advanced coding than HTML, which can enhance websites with a variety of effects. However, JavaScript sites include a variety of Java code, which you can copy to your own website with Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V.

When you have finished designing your own site - check it! If you can preview the website beforehand, do this and make sure all the links work and that the formatting of the site is as intended. If this is okay, then you can upload it.

To do this, you will need to have registered with a server and have server space for a website. If this is the case, your design software may then have pertinent options to assist with upload. If not, then FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software will be required for this. Hereafter, you will have your own website. Well done, and remember than any website can still be further enhanced.

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