You’re thinking of putting up a website. It’s not yet for business, but you do have about 200 articles you can’t wait to share to other people. You don’t want a blog though because you want your pages to look unique and you’ve even invested in a catchy URL address. There’s only one big problem, you no longer have any budget left for a website developer. What you do have, though, is a program that can help you put up CSS codes. Should you push through with it? Below are the basics of web design which would help you put up your website and make it look professional.
Know your target audience. Are you creating a product that caters to the interest of girls? What is the age bracket to which it caters too? Is it a make up brand to decrease the wrinkle lines? What age group and nationality does the product address? Or if you are creating a web site for an author of sci-fi books, what kind of readers does the author usually have as fans?
Web design is also not just about aesthetics. There are also technical things to consider. One of these things is the screen resolution your visitor might be using. As much as possible, you should make your layout compatible with both 800 x 600 pixel and 1064 x 600 resolutions. You should also be mindful about how fast or slow your web design loads on the browser. Not all visitors have access to high speed internet connections, so you should be sensitive about these things. Stay away from high resolution images, and if you must add flash to your website, make sure that you also provide a link to a simpler non-flash version of the page.
If you want to have affordable CSS, you should try to create the basic design on your own. You should keep in mind that those companies are providing intangible services to you. Therefore, they would somehow judge the price of the service basing on your own experience. If you are skillful and you are experienced, they would think that it is easy to cooperate with you and serve you so you would not be charged for a high price. Instead, if you know nothing about the work, those companies may need to explain and prepare a lot of things for you to understand and accept their work.
Stock photos – Some are free, some requires you to pay a certain amount before providing you with high resolutions image. If your client has the money and there are suitable photos he would like to use, this is the way to go. Searching in Google for “stock photos” will give you plenty of results on this.
Take your own photos – When budget is involve, usually the project will require you to take a relevant photos and use them as supporting images on the website. Having a mid-range camera should do the trick as images for website are all on low resolution. Seldom there is a chance for you to use an image more than 640 x 480 pixels.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to Internet basics. This will help you a lot in making your own web design. You just need to have basic knowledge on the elements of design. You can just be at home, sitting in front of your computer, while dabbling with web design. Almost all the websites that you visit cater to various designs. You may not be pleased with some. You can be funky, hip and natural on your web design. But what’s important is that you express yourself. Web designing may just be one way of showing the world how imaginative you are. Who knows this may be a possibility of starting a lucrative career.