Website Readability

Website Readability

Almost all businesses nowadays have a presence on the Internet. Sometimes, Facebook marketing alone is not enough and a website is needed. However, it is important that the website representing your company is a good one. In general, you have several seconds to convince someone to stay on your website. This means that you should have a website that captures the interest of your visitors. Try some of the solid tried and true tips below for optimal success!

Building Web Sites

There should be appropriate graphics to represent the content of your website. Most people tend to be visual beings and graphics help lead the eye around the page. There should be an equal amount of text to work with the graphics on your website. Avoid having a large block of text with only one small image. Your layout should be smart in terms of placing images to complement the content in order to capture the attention of your visitors.

BuildingWeb Design Your Own Web Page

Animated images can become a nightmare! Most web designers enjoy displaying their talents through animation. Unfortunately, blinking animations can be hard on the eyes and even harder to load for people with slower computers or Internet connections. It is important to keep in mind that just because something works in your mind, that may not work for everyone looking at your website.

Few Moments

Use a layout that is straightforward and simple enough for people of all skills to navigate. Not everyone is a computer guru and layouts that are too fancy can really hinder the ability to easily navigate throughout your website. Keep this in mind when coming up with your web design. If you are fresh out of ideas, consider looking at well-known websites that are successful in your niche. Don’t steal the ideas, but instead use them as inspiration.

Google

Don’t mix and match too many fonts. It is important to note that not every single font installed on your computer is visible for others. Choose no more than two common font types to offset each other on your website. Readability should be of utmost importance to you when choosing the fonts to work in your favor.

Own Web Page

Use the space on your website wisely. A comprehensive and well put together layout doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the space is used up. Most successful websites contain enough white space to give the reader’s eyes a break. If something seems like it’s too much or is distracting, it usually is. Always ask for the opinions of several people before making your layout final. Just because you love your design, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is able to appreciate it.

Personal Style

Websites have taken over the Internet by the millions. However, good web design is hard to find. Just because there are a lot of websites cluttering the web, it doesn’t mean that all of them are good. Instead of becoming one of the mediocre web designers out there, design a website that uses initiative and keeps in mind the importance of readability!

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38 Responses to “Website Readability”

  1. Complicatedtallblonde Reply

    How Much Does A Web Designer Make? My boyfriend is in his senior year in college and he’s looking at different jobs such as Web designer, Software Developer, Computer Programmer, or a Database Technician. How much do any of these jobs pay? If you or someone you know work them do they like them? Where in the US does it pay better or worse?
    We have searched different places and we are getting many different numbers across the board so any info would be great.

    We live near Kansas City if that is relevant.

    • If your boyfriend’s degree will be in computer science, go for software design/dev, systems analyst or Database development, where starting pay will likely be in the 60K range right out of college to $150K+ within 5 – 7 years.

      If, instead, he earns his degree in something unrelated to the tech field, he will first need training of some kind if he is not disciplined and resourceful enough to learn it all from books.

      Of all the occupations you named above, web designer probably pays the lowest, at least at first. Contrary to what one person said below about gaming design and/or programming, with a year or two of training from a community college, those guys can easily make 50K starting, and up to 100K or more after a few years–at least in the Seattle, WA area they do.

      The highest paying tech states are California, Washington state and Massechusetts, followed by other states on either coast and others.

      It’s a great paying field, but there’s no such thing as a 9 – 5 job in tech. The long hours require passion for the work. And, oh yeah…slackers need not apply.

  2. Complicatedtallblonde Reply

    How Much Does A Web Designer Make? My boyfriend is in his senior year in college and he’s looking at different jobs such as Web designer, Software Developer, Computer Programmer, or a Database Technician. How much do any of these jobs pay? If you or someone you know work them do they like them? Where in the US does it pay better or worse?
    We have searched different places and we are getting many different numbers across the board so any info would be great.

    We live near Kansas City if that is relevant.

    • If your boyfriend’s degree will be in computer science, go for software design/dev, systems analyst or Database development, where starting pay will likely be in the 60K range right out of college to $150K+ within 5 – 7 years.

      If, instead, he earns his degree in something unrelated to the tech field, he will first need training of some kind if he is not disciplined and resourceful enough to learn it all from books.

      Of all the occupations you named above, web designer probably pays the lowest, at least at first. Contrary to what one person said below about gaming design and/or programming, with a year or two of training from a community college, those guys can easily make 50K starting, and up to 100K or more after a few years–at least in the Seattle, WA area they do.

      The highest paying tech states are California, Washington state and Massechusetts, followed by other states on either coast and others.

      It’s a great paying field, but there’s no such thing as a 9 – 5 job in tech. The long hours require passion for the work. And, oh yeah…slackers need not apply.

  3. Marcellacharlotte Reply

    How To Prevent Accidental Internet Connections With The Samsung Blackjack II? Hi–
    Just bought a blackjack II a month ago and noticed that if I leave it in a bag, & forget to lock it, the internet may accidentally connect — and will stay on for hours. Is there a feature on this phone that will disable all internet connections unless I use a password or something to intentionally access it?

    Thanks : )

    • You can turn off your internet connection under wireless manager.
      I have that same problem so I try to always lock my phone when its not in use

  4. Gia Reply

    What Do You Need To Know, To Became A Good Web Designer? Which programs you need to know how to work with if you want to work as a web designer and to be a good one? Do you have to know programming and what kind of languages do you need to know?

    • To become a normal web designer you need only notepad and a web browser
      and you also need to know some html tabs like,,<head>,<body><br /> but you don’t need to know such things if you have ‘MS FRONT PAGE’<br /> to become a good designer you need all photos softwares</body></head>

  5. Daniel Reply

    Does The Xbox 360 Work Without A Hard Drive And An Internet Connection? I’m thinking of buying a Xbox 360, and I’ve found one I like on eBay. The seller has said that it doesn’t have a hard drive, so would I need to fit one or would it work without a hard drive? Also, I don’t have a wireless internet connection at home (I’m using a mobile broadband dongle on my laptop), so would the games work alright without the internet connection?

    Will the Xbox 360 work alright if I just use it like the original Xbox (playing games from the disk, and not downloading them from the internet and installing them on the console)?

    Thank you for any help.

    • Hey there

      My name is Nathan and I’m from the Xbox Live Ambassador program.You can use your Xbox 360 without a hard drive and an Internet connection. This just means that you will be unable to get title updates nor Xbox Updates. This is because of the Internet connection, however, even if you dud have connection, you will be unable due to the storage requirements.

      Also, if you are wanting to play games like Grand Theft Auto V, you will need 8GB of storage before you can play the game. However you can format a USB like mentioned above.

      I hope this helps
      Regards

  6. John m Reply

    Difference Between Web Designer And Coder? What in the simplest terms is the difference between a web designer and coder

    • A web designer is an artist, like a fashion designer. He does not know anything about computers.
      A coder is a professional programmer.
      Everyone calls himself (herself) a “web designer”, because they can make “nice pages”. They do not need other knowledge than artistic knowledge and some front-end program such as Dreamweaver.
      The coder takes the crap prepared by the designers and re-write the code in a proper language and add functionality.
      There are 100 web-designers for 1 coder.
      Out of 1000 pages on the web, only 1 or two have been designed by coders… and work properly.
      The pitty is that we only see the “beauty” of a page, and that is what customers pay for. But the real work is made by coders.

  7. The town man Reply

    Web Designers ? Hi…what is the best choice to add a search engine to your site? i will host my web site on my own server…should i use a script or software ? thanks

    • Most web designers today make a customized Google search engine and add it to their site.

  8. Amita_daga Reply

    Skills Required For Web Designer? Hello,
    What skills are required for Web Designer to get a job in web designing field?

    • Web design is a very competitive field, so you need to know a lot to stand out. You need to know code such as XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You also need to learn about web standards, and industry-leading software such as Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, Flash, etc.

      Be careful though. Web design may be fun and all, but it is over-saturated, and it can easily be outsourced. There are plenty of websites for companies to outsource their projects overseas.

  9. Ravi k Reply

    Can You Establish An Internet Connection Without Any Browser Installed? Even if u don’t have any browser including ie can u establish an internet connection

    • The internet browser has usually nothing to do with establishing the connection itself. Its rather a tool which is used to surf the information available on the world wide web i.e. internet.

      Depending on the type of internet connection ex: dialup, broadband etc there would be other tools which would be available to establish the connection. There tools are usually provided by the internet service providers.

      The reasons you could have to establish an internet connection and not use a browser would be to probably connect to some other private networks via VPN which would enable you to work as if you have hooked on directly to the private network.

      But to let know browsers are the interface used the most to make use of the internet connection. Of course other than the internet browsers do provide additional functionalities like viewing html, jpeg files etc.

      If you could state the purpose for which you are looking for an answer, you could get a better answer for the same.

      Cheers!

  10. Shay Reply

    Where Do Web Designers Get Graphics? I know that there are graphics all over the internet, but where do web designers get graphics that are not copyright protected?

    I don’t like the websites that are full of advertisements that put trash on my computer either.

    I have purchased one clipart set, that has several CD’s full of graphics, but they just aren’t quality.

    Surely not all web designers make their own…

    • Great designers (not just web, but all graphic designers) have two tools at their disposal: stock houses, and themselves. http://www.gettyimages.com/ ; http://www.comstock.com/ ; http://www.masterfile.com/ are just a few of the many companies that sell photography and illustrations. If a good designer can’t find a resource that fits his/her need, s/he can create one from scratch. Most graphic work is a combination of both.

      http://www.istockphoto.com/ is a good place if you don’t have the resources of a full-time, high-end designer (stock photography can often run more than a thousand dollars per graphic) – iStockPhoto only charges $1-$20 depending on the size and usage.

  11. Nick f Reply

    What Is The Difference Between Web Designer, Web Developer, And User Interface Designer? I’m a graphic design student and I really want to end up building websites with coding. So do the “Web Designers” not actually make the websites, just the layout? I want to create the layout since I am learning the design aspect also for visual appeal, and want to code it. Would that make me a web developer, or even a user interface designer?

    I’m confused because they all sound very similar to me. Also I’m enrolled in a 2 year program and my teacher says it is better than the 4 year program at the University. Would I have trouble finding one of these jobs with my associates?

    • Web designers design the layout of a website. A web developer goes a little bit above that and uses coding scripts like Javascript, PHP, and stuff like that to make dynamic pages. A user interface designer designs “interfaces” for programs.

      For example, web designers make templates for websites: http://www.duncan70.com/pwhome/

      For example, this is what a web developer would make: http://d.pr/i/P4Y0 The form is processed through a php script.

      So for example, this is a User Interface: http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1071121/Lfuo8.jpg and a UI designer would create that.

      So those are different examples. Why they sound so similar is that they’re all a vast part of media and sharing today. You should go with Web Developing if you plan on coding dynamic or “changeable” pages. If you want to straight design templates then go with Web design. It sounds like you like doing this that are website based. Check at your local university. I recommend university programs if you’re very passionate about it.

  12. D.Tinker Reply

    Does Yahoo Do Internet Connections? I would like to change my internet connection from Internet Explorer to some other & I thought maybe you do internet connections

    • Internet Explorer is a browser not an internet connection. An internet connection is the ISP that you pay for internet service. Yahoo does not do it directly. They use AT&T.

      If you are referring to browsers I recommend Firefox.

      B H

  13. Narender Reply

    How To Increase The Traffic In Website ?

    • There are many creative ways to increase traffic to your website. Some will cost you money, and some won’t. Below you’ll find many legitimate ways (ranging from free to costly) to boost the number of visitors to your website.

      Method 1 of 2: Improve your Internet Presence

      1. Offer free, original, and quality content on your site
      2. Supplement your original content.
      3. Trying to get more backlinks on your website this may help to increase the traffic.
      4. Improve your search engine ranking
      5. Get linked from various high authority site
      6. Use social media
      7. Advertise your presence
      8. Give freebies
      9. Be patient
      10. Use all of these free techniques to increase traffic to your website

      Method 2 of 2: Improve Your Website

      1. Balance your page
      2. Clean backgrounds
      3. For easy navigation, you should create a toolbar with links that are easy to navigate and position the toolbar in an area that makes sense
      4. Text readability should make your pages easy to read, break up blocks of text and create short paragraphs.
      5. Horizontal Scrolling
      6. Make it quick.

      I hope these will be help you to increase your site traffic.

  14. Christi Reply

    How To You Critique A Website? How do you critique a website

    • I guess by your personal aesthetic.

      You could look at positive and negative space, quality of pictures and video, readability of text, etc.

      Just by the overall flow of the website.

  15. NVM Reply

    Explain What Usability, Readability And Accessibility Refer To In Web Design.? Please help
    i need this for homework :)

    • All 3 terms typically refer to the way a website is designed to run when being used by certain software’s or people. A website with a common navigation, that is a menu that is located in the same place on many pages of the website. Information should be easy to find and layed out in a similar way across all pages of the website. Compatibility with software like screen readers or high contrast modes have to also be considered when thinking about the 3 points. Website that should work correctly in these 3 areas should be W3C compliant, W3C is a website consortium who define the correct design of a website using the code to determine that it is written correctly. Website that pass W3C compliance should work with programs such as screen readers and high contrast modes. The W3C validator for websites can’t be used to test navigation but can check for broken links and incorrect coding, all websites should be W3C compliant before they are released but only a few website are. http://www.w3.org and http://validator.w3.org/

  16. Hero Reply

    Should I Become A Web Designer? I want to become a simple web designer and work from home…I am not going through any course so please tell me what are the languages i need to learn to become a professional.how many hours of study it takes to become one who can learn around 10000$ a year??

    • You are confusing web designers with web programmers.
      Designers don’t really need to know too much of programming. Photoshop is the way, though they do need an aesthetic intelligence. This I believe can not be learned, only developed.

      Web programmers on the other hand are the ones using programming languages like HTML, Javascript, PHP, SQL and so forth.
      To be a developer, you don’t need to know all of them well, you can focus more on a particular language, though HTML and CSS is a must. You should probably check out w3schools. It’s a site, with all th free courses you need to get started.

  17. Curious poster Reply

    What Do Web Designers Do? I’m currently going to college without a declared major just yet. However, I’ve recently done some web design and liked what little I did of it… Could someone tell me what exactly a web designer does though as a career and roughly how much it pays? Also, could you tell me what degree I would need to get a job in web design? Would I need an associates of Arts in computer science, or what? Please help out if you can.

    • Web designers design and/or maintain websites. The people I know who are web designers freelance (because no one hires a web designer full time and permanent). They have day jobs and do their web designing in the evening.

      It’s not great work as far as consistent job but if you get a contract the money can be good.

  18. Mr_Me.Net Reply

    1 Computer And Multiple Internet Connections?? ? Can I use more than one Internet connection??
    Im running windows 7, my network connections shows both of my Internet connections, both are connected.

    Does the computer use both of them?? Like one for one app like firefox and the otter connection for another app like utorrent

    I also bridge my connection site service comes in to the computer then back out to my wireless rougher, to provide service to my wii and iPod touch,

    Does 2 ISP connections improve service??
    Yeah I have 2 ISP.

    Example: 1 is Comcast broadband and the other is my iphone4 3G. I have unlimited data plan.

    What I really am trying to do is use 2 iPhones to handle my Internet use on my laptop.
    When I use only one to tether my connection, it runs slow when I watch movies on fancast and hulu
    And on top of that I use other applacitons on my laptop that require Internet service.

    So I was thinking that I could use 2 iPhones for service and have the load split between te 2 devices. So one can handle the movie and the other handle the other load.

    • While having two internet connections is good for redundancy, it seems unnecessary. My question to you is: Do you have two different sources of internet? Your computer may have multiple ways of connecting to the internet but if they are both connecting to the same internet service then you are not going to see any improvement in service. In fact this could potentially cause a problem on your small network.

      One of your connections may say 1394 Connection. If thats the case, its not an internet connection, that is firewire. I’m not sure why firewire is considered a network connection but it is. If you have firewire on your computer anywhere, then 1394 will say its connected (even if there is nothing plugged into it.)

      IF you run both network connections out two different internet services then you will need to find software that will let you manage your ports. For instance, browsers use port 80, email uses (by default) 110 and 25. I’m sure that there is software out there that will let you dictate what port goes out what internet connection but all of this seems like it wouldn’t be worth it.

  19. Baby G Reply

    Internet Connection………..? When i look for my internet connection sometimes it doesn’t work so i click on other connection like random ones that says dolly which think is someone else connection! Will they be able to access my computer or anything like that?

    • Pull out the power cord out of the back of you moudom for 30 secands then plug it back in and that should restart it
      if not click on my computer
      then click my network places on the left side of the windows
      then click on view network connections its on the left side of the windows agane

      this is your internet connections DO NOT DELETE THEN EVER
      dubble click on the local area connection
      then click on the support tab
      there will be 2 buttons
      detail and repair
      click details if there is no funny numbers then click close
      and then repair it
      if it says there is a error of some kind then
      ring telecom for you internet comonys number eg.(exra ihug jetsream ect ect)
      then ring that number and say u need help to renew your IP address
      thay will ask u a few questions to confirm u are the owner of the connection
      and then thay will take u step by step on fixing it

      on one of my old computer it failed on the internet so many times and now it wont show any sighs of connecting to the modum

      another trick u can try if u are a smart user is
      look up the cmd.exe ping funtion
      click start
      click run
      type cmd.exe
      cmd will open
      type ping 123

      that is a trick thay showed me to prove my computer was crashed

      relly hope this helps i know how much it sucks haveing a crap PC lol

      Oops! it looks like you have 20 misspelling(s) lol sorry for that 2

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