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Designing  your Web Site


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What to put on your web site:

The main or "index" page of  your site, the first page a visitor sees when they enter your URL or domain name, should give the visitor a general idea of why they would want to be there, what your organization or business is about, and what kinds of things are available on your site.  Remember that the first time visitor to your site may not know anything about your organization or business.

Additional pages will generally be broken down according to the types of service or information you are providing your visitor.  You will likely want a page talking about your products or services, a page for contacting you or your organization, maybe a page talking about warranties and another about support.

The first thing to consider is information - that which you want to provide to your customer, as well as what you want to learn about them. For example: perhaps you are a service company offering home maintenance. Your website should indicate the kinds of systems you support; plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning, painting and restoration, audio/video wiring. Then you could provide a couple of pages about pricing, guarantees, responsiveness, and a contact page.  Another great page to have is one giving comments from your customers about your products or services.

These categories would each become a web page on your site. So think about each page and what information you would want to have on each page.  Include ideas about pictures you might have on various pages.

How your web site looks:

Generally we will lay out the basics of your site and then adjust it to your desires. We would like to have some idea of what you want your site to be like.

How do you want your web site to feel - strong and bold? Open and inviting? Basic and to the point or fancy and flowery?  Sophisticated or down to earth?

We recommend a fixed width page.  Most commercial sites do not use floating width pages because they tend to be less user friendly, since things move around as the page is resized. The vast majority of users now have screens of at least an 800 pixel width, so we recommend a fixed width page of 760 pixels (allowing 40 pixels for the scroll bar). On a wider display, the page can be set to float in the middle of the display, or can stay to the left or even the right side. Usually though centered will provide a better appearance.

Menus can also be formatted in a variety of ways. See links below for more on formatting menus.

Emails

Your web site will come with email capabilities in the form Your_Email@YourDomain. Please consider how many email addresses you want and the name you want (to the left of the @ symbol). Most ISPs discourage "catch all accounts" which receive all emails to your domain name that are not to a valid address, because these accounts encourage spammers.

Links

Menus or Links are generally defined across the top of a page, or down the side. Your link display will be determined to some extent by the number of links that you need. If you have more than 5 to 7 links, down the side may be better, although we can do a double row of horizontal links if desired. If you have many links, it may be best to put them into categories and create a series of categorized drop down, pop out, or accordian menu of links (see our site www.cuuf.org for an example of drop down menus). For large numbers of pages and links we can also set up categories across the top and define different menus for each category along the side

What we will do

After discussing your needs we will lay out your site. Because we use CSS and custom built dynamic web templates, making general formatting changes is fairly simple - they are automatically propagated across your site by changing the template(s) or cascading style sheets. This allows us to easily modify your design according to your desires after the initial design is complete.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about web page design or any other subject that we might be able to help you with.

 

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