How To Design A Web Site
I'm not a professional web site designer and openly admitthere is a lot that I don't know. But if you're a beginnerI probably know more than you do, so listen up.
Rather than give a lengthy dissertation on web design I havebroken it down into the following points:
Keep your navigation bars either at the top or left of thepage (a recent tip I heard is: by putting the nav bar onthe right of the screen it appears below your site contentin the html code and therefore will be read by the SEspiders last). You can clearly see my navigation bar on theleft of every page at http://www.007workfromhome. com
Have your navigation bars visible on every page unless its asales page, in which case you don't want them to goanywhere else.
Divide your navigation bar into related groups of links foreasier navigation.
Have your company name and logo in the top left or top middleof the page.
Keep your use of colors to no more than about 5-7 differentcolors per page (less if you can).
Don't have more than 3 layers in your web site. That meansif I was to start at your home page I should be able toreach any other page in your site in 2 clicks or less. Anymore and your visitors may become lost and search andengines will leave before they have finished indexing yourentire web site. This is easier than it sounds if you havea comprehensive navigation bar and a site map.
Limit your use of graphics on a page unless they areessential to your marketing because they will drasticallyincrease load time and some visitors won't be prepared towait.
Keep your background white and the majority of your textblack. Mixing background colors and texts not only looksunprofessional it is can also be difficult to read.
If possible, keep your links the natural blue color because they have proven to get the most clicks. If you want to use styles for your links, text or other tags, use css (cascading style sheets) because it will reduce the amount of non-keyword relevant text the engine spiders need to wade through before finding the meat. If you don't know what I'm talking about here, don't worry - it's not vitally important and something you can pick up further down the road.
Written by Murray Hughes