Resource: Web design help

A few things to keep in mind when you're making your web pages

  1. Use good page design
    Refer to the Robin Williams books for advice.
  2. Save all your files to the same place
    If you save your web page to the desktop, then the images that are part of that page must also be saved to the desktop or an images folder that is also on the desktop. Don't save your web page to the desktop and then insert pictures that are on your floppy disk. Make sure you follow this rule.
  3. Don't make your tables wider than 750 pixels
    If you're using a table to format your web page, don't make the table any larger than 750 pixels wide. Some people still own monitors that are only 800 pixels wide. You don't want your audience to have to scroll left and right.
  4. Don't shrink your images in Dreamweaver (or other web editor)
    Use Fireworks or Photoshop to make your images the right size. If you just shrink them down in the web editor, the user is still downloading the larger file.
  5. Don't forget to upload your images
    When you upload your web pages to a web server, make sure you also upload all the images that are part of each page. If you don't, the images won't show up online.
  6. Give your page a title
    A title is different than the file name. It's what people will see as the name of the page when they bookmark it. In Dreamweaver you go to the Modify menu and select Page Properties to add/change a title.
  7. Pre-define what you want your font, headings, links, background color to look like
    To do this go to the Modify menu and select Page Properties. You can always go back and change things.
  8. Use simple file names
    Use only lowercase letters and don't use spaces or funny characters like apostrophes. Nice filenames might be home.html, inquiry.htm, pictures.htm, webquest.html, etc.

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