A good website is not overloaded with design and features; it has a clear structure and is easy to navigate around. Moreover, make it downwards compatible, i.e., there should be a non-Flash start page. Keep loading times of basic features of the website, e.g., menu, to a minimum. Text loads faster than images. *duhh* Make sure the site doesn't change too much from browser to browser. Sometimes, simplicity is more.
Would any of you guys like a link to any of your websites?
I cannot agree more with you Beowulf : The Art Of Simplicity ! Go straight to the topic !
And yes as Pipo said if you can afford it buy Dreamweaver it is worth your money ! For me it's the best webpage editor. I started doing webpages with the notepad if you know what I mean pure HTML.
Let us know the adress of you website when it's finished.
Thomsonfly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 229 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
i run a site called karzoo and this is by far not my first website ive designed and ran! ive made loads of 'mistakes' over time and found, like many have said, simplicity is by far the best method. people dont visit a site to see fancy icons and moving menus they want to see decent topics, quality images when there are some and above all a site dead easy to navigate otherwise they wont find anything! i have found, even with karzoo, it's good but not great things can always be added and taken away juding on how many hits you seem to be getting or any feedback you receive. since i launched karzoo back in march and the inital responce was slow, its only started to get popular through word of mouth recently and through some search engines ive loaded myself into. i work in a travel agent so my site is travel related i guess building a base at work has helped it grow too!
good luck with your site mate - cant wait to see it
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9210 posts, RR: 42 Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3304 times:
In addition to the advice above, get a few people to proofread it. Bad spelling and punctuation can be off-putting, as can all upper-case or all lower-case. And don't use umpteen different fonts just for the sake of it.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9210 posts, RR: 42 Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3244 times:
Nice one, Phillippe. Maybe some captions for the photos, though I'm guessing you're already working on that. E.g. I'm curious about the blue biplane - an Otter or a Pioneer, perhaps? Though, from past experience of trying to identify unusual aircraft in Switzerland, I should probably guess some kind of Pilatus first.
I don't have any web building experience, just experience of using them but it looks clear and uncluttered, with thumbnail previews available before anyone using dial-up has to commit to downloading a full size image.
As a side note, did you ever stand at the fence at the western end of the runway at Geneva? I just jumped off the bus there on a whim once and spent the afternoon there. Got some great photos.