Create my own website : Part IWeb site no worriesHow should it be promoted? What should it look like? Can it be done on my own or should aprofessional be hired to do it?These are just some of the questions that need to be answered first before designing a web site. Expertson this field can be turned to help and do the job for you.Doing it yourself would also be an option if you are taking into consideration the expenses and the timethat can be saved by doing so. There are things that needed to be considered in designing your website.And questions, too.What is the goal of the site? It would be helpful if you know from the start what you want your site todo. Simple as it may seem, you need to get ideas organized into clear details first. Think of the site in thepoint of view of others.The impressions that they would surely have upon seeing your site. Putting graphics and pictures intothe site as attention-seekers is important to keep up with the many sites available nowadays. Having asite does not only mean having information to give and share. It also means creating an art work thatpeople will be interested enough to see and read through.What have the others got? By doing your homework and looking up probable competition sites, you canget an edge on what your site should possess.Do your homework. You can get lessons, feedbacks and even inspiration in seeing the works of otherpeople. Looking them up does not mean you have to copy them. It means you have to think of otherways to get leverage over the others. Once this has been done, consider yourself on the frontline and beready to set some trend.
How do you find a good designer? In this case, you have chosen someone to do the designs for you. Infinding the right designer, choose someone who understands and is in harmony with what you wantyour site to be.It is important to note that some designers want their designs put into your site and not your designsinto yours. Consider someone who is interested in what you’re doing, think your thoughts and makesthem the center of their goal.Is it accessible? Make it easy for people to see your site and contact you for any complaints orsuggestions. Putting contact details would make it easier for people to not only get into your site butyou as well.What is there to remember? Keeping it simple. From the words to the logos to the graphic designs.People did not come into your site for those so stick to the more important things.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Create my own website : End of Part IWeb Site NavigationOnce a visitor gets to your web site, you want to make sure they can find what they are looking forquickly and easily, or they will just go elsewhere. If a web site is easy to use and understand, visitors willcome back time and time again.
Using intuitive navigation techniques will greatly improve the usability of your web site, and thereforeuser satisfaction and return rates. By intuitive navigation, I mean some sort of menu, map or list that isinstantly understandable to most visitors to your web site.One of the first points to making a site easy to navigate is to have a consistent menu that is on everypage. By having a menu that is on every page of your site, users can move from each section from anyother section, with out having to go back to a home page or menu page.Keeping the menu in the same location, and in the same style throughout your site ensures that visitorsquickly recognize how to navigate your site. If you have a different style menu on every page, users mayget confused and not as easily comprehend how to navigate your site.Another useful tool a Webmaster can include for visitors is a site map. A site map is a page containing anorganized list of all the pages or sections of the site. Instead of moving through the sites menu systemand down through categories by clicking on links on different pages, a visitor has the option of going tothe site map and clicking directly to the page they are seeking.Though there are many fancy buttons, graphics and rollovers that can be used for your navigation menu,sometimes simple text links are the best bet. For one, text link navigation menus are fast loading. Manyweb surfers are on slow connections and do not want to wait for a complex navigation system todownload. Text navigation menus also can add relevant text to search engine results, whereas imagenavigation bars cannot. Text navigation also helps ensure your users understand what the links mean.If you do opt to use graphic navigation menus, you may wish to consider adding a redundant textnavigation menu at the bottom of the page to ensure viewability and search engine spidering.Many new Webmasters are tempted to use frames to create a navigation menu that will appear on allthe sites pages. The benefit is that the navigation will stay in sight even when the rest of the page isscrolled. But because frames piece pages together from other pages a Webmaster cannot be sure that aweb page using frames will be viewed correctly. If a visitor comes to a page through a search engine thatwas designed to have a navigation menu added with a frame, the user will see not see the menu.Because of this, it is important to add a link to your home page on every page, so viewers can see yoursite as it was intended.
Even if you are not using frames, it would be helpful to have a link to the home page of your website onevery page, to ensure users can find the "beginning" of your site.Keeping the navigation menu near the top of the web pages ensures that surfers will be able to see themenu as soon as the page loads. If a user has to scroll to navigate to other pages of your site, they willbe less inclined to do so.In closing, it is important to keep in mind that when it comes to site navigation, simplicity is key. If a userdoes not immediately see what they need, they will not spend much time trying to find it, but will rathermove on to the next site.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Create my own website : End of Part IIWeb Site Design Mistakes – Database Parameters In URLsCreating a web site takes thought, planning and execution. Unfortunately, many designs are dead in thewater before they are even published as far as search engine optimization is concerned. Whatever youdo, avoid these critical mistakes.Database Parameters in URLMany web site designers don’t take into account the effect of database parameters in site URLs. Adatabase parameter tells the server what should be loaded onto a particular page when a viewer tries tosee it. In essence, the page is “dynamic” because it is being pulled together with each click. Robot
programs that are used by search engines to index sites hate dynamic pages. Often, they will not evenindex the pages and the page of your site is not listed in the search engine.Let’s look at an example using the Nomad Adventure Journals site. The home page URL is aptly,http://www.nomadjournals.com - a static page. In this URL, there are no parameters telling the server toload anything other than a static web page. All search engines will index this page without any problem.Now, what if we changed the page to something dynamic. Let’s say we designed it to record the sessionidentification [identify the viewer] and dynamically load the pictures on the page. We would have oneparameter for the session identification and four parameters for the various pictures on the page. TheURL for the home page might look something like:http://www.nomadjournals.com/home/index.html?&DID=9&User_ID&CATID=15&ObjectGroup_ID=39What a mess. A search engine robot is going to balk at indexing such pages. It simply can’t tell what is onthe page. If you have parameters and session identifications in the URLs of your site pages, you aregoing to have a very difficult time getting into the search engine rankings. Obviously, that precludes youfrom getting any top rankings and free traffic.Fixing The ProblemFixing the problem often is lengthy and costly depending on the number of pages on your site. If youhave over 100 products, a complete re-design may be the best answer. If you have a relatively smallnumber of pages, there may be less brutish options.Converting pages to static html is a definite solution for smaller sites. Essentially, one would take thepage for each product and convert it into a static html page. The domain would then be converted toshort sub-domain. If a user then clicked on the “buy” button for the product on the page, they would besent to a dynamic database page. The viability of this solution is dependent upon the layout of the site.Some sites can be fixed, some simply cannot.
In ClosingThe database parameter problem is surprisingly common with sites selling products. A majority of sitedesigners do not understand search engine optimization and don’t realize the problem they arecreating. If you intend to build a database driven site, make sure you bring in a search engineoptimization specialist before it is created. Nobody wants to spend the money to design a site twice.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Create my own website : End of Part III