Web Design Basics
More materials by author Marc Schenker
Though typography is the most important part of web design, scrolling is an element that is quite important, too, which is putting it lightly. Especially with the increasing popularity of parallax-scrolling sites, scrolling is something that designers may want to put a renewed focus on. When you want to explore any given site's different webpages...you'll inevitably have to scroll down the page to see what's up.
What makes bad web design? Things like abysmal navigation, poor scrolling, dreadful typography, embarrassing graphics or illustrations, an absence of responsiveness and no attention to the user experience are all contributing factors. If you're a designer, the last thing you want is to be associated with a miserable site design!
Many people believe that typography is the biggest component of web design. They'd be right since much of what's on the web consists of what you read. Therefore, successful web design is always integrated with typography that's so attractive to read that it almost seems to jump right off the screen.
Everyone knows that PPI obviously stands for pixels per inch, but what many don't know is that there are more difficulties present in web design if the PPI count gets higher. This quandary is something that more and more designers have to deal with as PPI gets higher. This disquieting trend is already more than underway, as desktops, laptops and mobile devices are all shipping with greater PPI.
One of the most important though most neglected aspects of web design is personality. When some people conceptualize design, they mistakenly think of it as some cold, impersonal thing. Designing a site like that - without personality, that is - is a surefire way to lose site visitors faster than MySpace eventually lost most of its users!
Ahhhh, the old "about" page. It's been around since the very beginning of the mainstream Internet, offering site visitors all sorts of useful information and pointless tidbits alike! Whether you have an eCommerce site, a news site or just run a personal site simply for kicks, you'll have an "about" page, for sure. It's as commonplace as a site map or social-media buttons.
Your website is not just an inanimate, non-breathing thing. Technically, it is, but treating it like that when designing any site will lead to an end result that will turn off your prospective site visitors. You see, people these days want a site that is more than text, typography, pictures and graphics.
Registering a domain name that works for you these days can be an uphill climb. After all, by some estimates, there are actually more than 10,000 domain name registrations a day!
Let's face it: Effective and good hosting is exceptionally vital to any website. After all, it is the basis of your web site. Just think of it this way: If your web site experiences server downtime, it will have dreadful consequences. Your business and brand could well suffer irremediable damage, which is very costly if you've been painstakingly building your brand for a number of years! If you're a professional who's serious about his website, then you must ensure it's in good hands.
Here we are at the end of our exclusive series on the making of a website. In the preceding, four lessons, you learned all about the joys of HTML, CSS and styling, laying out your website and then selecting your webhost and finally launching your site. Now, you have the opportunity to tie all this knowledge together with our handy wrap-up post on further resources and approaches you can rely on to learn even more!