Introduction to Website Design & Development
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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, wedding wishes, 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.
- On-Click Popups: zooming photos (
The first clickable show/hide text popup has several advantages (click to reveal and conceal them),
- The user can display more than one toggle at a time, which is not possible with mouse-over popups nor most other popup solutions. The user can show all toggles with one click and view or print the page with all its details.
- You can use rich text (HTML) within the toggle, which isn't the case when you use "title" or "alt" property popups.
- There are no popup windows that can block the user's view of main content.
- The toggle doesn't take up space when hidden, as is the case with most layers or block elements whose visibility status can be manipulated.
- You have full control over the look and feel of hotspots and toggles. Warren can provide a user-friendly standard popup to get you started.
- Hover Popups: acronym 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 While contemporary Web browsers do an increasingly good job of parsing even the worst HTML coding mistakes, some errors are not always caught gracefully. Very often, software on different platforms will not handle errors in a similar fashion, making it extremely difficult to apply style or layout consistently.
Using standard markup and style sheets, on the other hand, offers a much greater chance of having one's page handled consistently across platforms.
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.
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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.