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Web Development Tips

Everyday hundreds or maybe thousands of new websites are being created, and here are some tips to creating one of your own.

Web development is a broad phrase that include many activities include graphic design, e-commerce development, content design, server configuration, and coding. Depending on the scope of the website involved, web developing can be handled by a few individuals or hundreds of people. The kind of tools and techniques involved can be very different depending on the purpose of the website; a personal blog is obviously going to function very differently from a commercial site. Some web development tips include increasing the accessibility, and usability of the website; improving the visual attractiveness of the website; and also, creative use of current technology to meet the goal of the webmasters.

Many tools are now available for even the casual users to make their own websites; many of these tools are WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) software that easy to use and understand, such as Microsoft FontPage or Adobe Dreamweaver. Many programs like these have built-in web development tips that can be very helpful, especially for beginners. The advantage of using WYSIWYG tools is that users do not need to be familiar with HTML or other coding languages to create a website. On the flip side, for more advanced users who desire more complexity in their websites, these editors might fall short. There are books and websites that offer detailed web development tips, as well as comprehensive web developing methods. It is a worthwhile time investment to research before starting to build a website.

Here are some more general web development tips:

  • Make sure that the pages can be viewed by multiple types of web-browsers. Not everyone uses the same program, and it is important to not exclude anyone from viewing the page.
  • Test the page with as many browser and operating system combinations as possible. Again, not everyone uses the same system and we do not want to alienate certain users.
  • While graphic elements make a page pleasing to the eye, keep it simple. Too many graphics makes the page cluttered and may render the page slow to load.
  • Keep the content catchy and concise. The attention span of a casual web user is much shorter than normal, since potentially more interesting contents are always just a click away.