Introduction to Website Design & Development
Want to Be Seen on the Internet?
Looking for a Stronger Presence on the Web?
Design or Development? A successful, frequently visited website requires superb design as well as development. The two aspects differ considerably: Web design is all about what the user sees on a site, while web development deals with the functionality of a site, as detailed on these WCD pages: web design and web development.
Web designers and developers have to work together to ensure that their sites are seamlessly integrated. Eliminating the possibility of conflict between professions, Warren Camp wears one combined hat offering design and development expertise.
Introduction to Websites Your new or existing website is an online extension of your organization, company, church, brand, or product. The biggest challenge any website faces is how to stand out from the crowd and command customer attention. Most important, your website must be user friendly.
The typical consumer passes judgment on the professionalism, look and feel, and relevance of a website in 3 to 5 seconds, on average. Don't waste time and money creating a site that is bound to turn people away quickly.
WCD specializes in designing and developing interactive websites by executing custom, up-to-date web techniques and solutions. With years of practice and continuing education in web design and development, Warren is qualified to create your new or improved web presence in ways that accurately reflect your unique brand while attracting visitors and customers to explore your entire site.
When Warren builds websites, he uses the very best standards-based coding practices on every page, making sure that every site is attractive, informative, flexible, accessible, and fast.
Website Basics with Examples
Here are the key ingredients for well-designed and -developed websites, compliments of WCD. Check out Warren's examples. Contact him with questions.
- Identifying a Site's Purpose: information, inspiration, entertainment, new clients, bookings, love, invitations, sympathy, sport, thanks, brain teasers, events, Christmas.
- Identifying Its Audience: new customers, students, parents or children, teachers, animal lovers, church congregants, Bible-study groups.
- Good Visual Design: easy-to-read text, clear images with descriptive captions, pleasing colors and graphics, creative typography, white space.
- Satisfying Visitor Needs: sign-ups, subscriptions, search capability, downloads, contact pages, visitor requests.
- Usability: making information easily available, clear, and understandable to the user.
- Intuitive Navigation: simple menu links, multilevel drop-downs, combinations of primary and secondary menus (such as on this site).
- Well-Written, Meaningful Content: news accounts, study data, quizzes, political op-eds, short, friendly, and interesting text.
- Fast-Loading Audio/Visual Aids: photos, albums, slideshows, videos, animations, puzzles, Scripture recitations, audio, full-size, high-resolution images.
- On-Click Popups: zooming images . . .
<click image), text in a container, and The Parable of the Sower 1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Warren Camp is hard at work controlling output using Macintosh equipment at WCD's California headquarters. text-to-photo zoom conversions.
- Hover Popups: definitions, text in a container When hovering on text, an unlimited amount of text can appear in a container of any size, color, and border. Ask Warren to demonstrate some of this hover feature's many options., and image zoom while hovering.
- Informational Lists and Tables: attractive interactive lists, tables with hyperlinks and images, tables for data and downloads, tables with calendar entries.
- Page Size and Layout: wide vs. narrow, short vs. long, consistency on all pages.
- Checking, Copyediting, Validating: viewing pages on various browsers, copyediting and proofreading, and validating that all pages Validation is one of the simplest ways to check whether a page is built in accordance with web standards, providing one of the most reliable guarantees that future web platforms will handle it as designed. pass industry W3C standards.
- Search Engine Savvy: registration and compliance with top search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo).
- Announcing a Site's Launch: e-broadcasts of a promo page, e-broadcasts of a home page, emails with photos, links posted to social networks, press releases to newspapers, site submittals to Google and others, creative handouts and mailers, eye-catching e-broadcasts.
Check out Warren's web-specific pages:
If your website doesn't stand out and do a lot of things right, chances are it's not going to achieve your goals. If you need a new site, discuss the possibilities with Warren to get a feel for the effort and cost involved. If you want to renovate an existing site, Warren can examine it to see what you're doing right and wrong and what you're forgetting to do. New or existing, his insights and recommendations can help make a difference in the success or failure of your site.
If you'd like Warren Camp Design to create a new site, redesign or freshen up your existing site, or evaluate your site objectively, or call WCD at 209-795-7661.