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How to Build a Web Page Template from Scratch

The standard tool across digital agencies and in-house departments for building website graphics is Adobe Photoshop. Although Fireworks is optimized and purpose-built to produce web-graphic source files [more…]

Using Background Graphics in a Website

Designing a nice background for your website is an important detail that can add a lot of polish to your design. Considering that you do not know what sort of monitor people will have when viewing your [more…]

Types of Visual and Interaction Design for Websites

One of the best ways to get ideas for the visual appeal and interaction strategy of your website is, well, to peruse the web. There are several websites that aggregate great design examples in various [more…]

Putting Online Presentations onto a Website

The best way to showcase design directions online is to build a special project website just for the client. Ideally, this website is password-protected so no one but you and the client can enter; however [more…]

Making Printed Presentations of a Redesigned Website

These days, printing beautiful photographic-quality prints of your website mock-ups is a simple and affordable process. The price of high-end desktop color printers has come down remarkably in the last [more…]

Presenting a Redesigned Website to the Clients

When presenting your redesigned website to the client, you need to sell the client on your ideas and remain professional, confident, and composed during the feedback. There’s no special sauce to successfully [more…]

HTML Code Structure

Everything that you see on a web page is held in place by a page-layout language called HTML (HyperText Markup Language). Since the time that HTML was first introduced, it has evolved from a simple way [more…]

How to View Source Code on a Web Page

Web browsers let you view the HTML and CSS source code of a web page. Sneaking a peek at the source code of a web page is a great way to see how it’s built — and to see how you can do something similar [more…]

The Basics of HTML5

The newest evolution of HTML is HTML5, which takes web design leaps and bounds forward. This generation offers an expanded set of elements and properties — allowing for cool new design and interaction [more…]

How Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Work

CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is code that controls not only the visual appearance of your individual HTML elements but also where the elements appear in relationship to one another, and sometimes how [more…]

Effects that You Can Make with Cascading Style Sheets

CSS3, the latest edition of Cascading Style Sheets, introduces advancements in design handling. Of these, some new capabilities that define color gradients, degrees of transparency, and even reflections [more…]

How to Choose a Website Development Platform

Before you can begin developing or redesigning a website, the first big question you need to answer is: What platformdo you want to use when you build your [more…]

Building a Website with a Content Management System

An effective business website must be flexible enough to scale up or scale down (quickly add and/or subtract new pages) and update its content (change ads, change promotions, change prices, and so on). [more…]

What You Can Learn from Web Analytics

Most companies invest a lot of money in the design (or redesign) of their websites — and the sites are usually expected to perform a significant business function that justifies their cost — and even their [more…]

SEO Strategies for Web Design

When you use a search engine to look for websites, you’re actually searching through an index that the search engine keeps. This index is a giant database that is constantly refreshed. Search engines like [more…]

How to Add Facebook Connect to Your Website

One of the more popular trends in web design is to integrate social media conversations and user-generated content into company websites. Additionally, more websites are moving away from a distinct process [more…]

Web Design: The Basics of a Good Shopping Cart

At the heart of an e-commerce website is the shopping cart — the user’s collection of set-aside store items that he or she wants to purchase. Often a shopping cart is either a small area generally found [more…]

Web Design: Use Cookies to Personalize Web Pages

You’ve probably visited a website that knows who you are and immediately greets you by name, even without you having to log in. The magic sauce that makes this sort of personalization possible consists [more…]

Web Design: The Basics of Browser and Location Detection

When you browse the Internet on your mobile phone, many websites automatically display their mobile-friendly version. Behind the scenes, developers placed a script in the site that runs to determine what [more…]

How to Determine a Website's Audience

Before you can design a website, you must first understand the target audience who will be using it. If (for example) you’re designing a website for a cruise line and you’re not familiar with the cruise [more…]

How to Build a Map for a Website Redesign

Many people assume that web design is always about creating a new website from scratch. Well, almost every organization of any size already has a website. Their primary need is to keep the existing website [more…]

Develop a Marketing Plan for a New Website

The marketing plan for a website can begin to happen in parallel to the site’s development. Do not underestimate the importance of marketing websites. The Internet simply has too many websites for anyone [more…]

Web Design: How to Present Content on a Web Page

When building your wireframes, remember that you are not limited to a static presentation of text and graphics. Many technologies, from Flash animation to DHTML, help you maximize your page space and present [more…]

Designing the Navigation of a New Website

Other than the visual design, determining how a user will navigate a website is one of the more challenging creative tasks that you’ll face as a web designer. The main goal is to make people feel in control [more…]

Interaction Design and User Flow of a New Website

Interaction design is different from information design. This is often a major point of confusion for people new to web design. While information design deals with the overall structure of a website and [more…]

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