Designing a Website

Designing a Website

In such a modern and technology oriented world, it is important to make a solid online presence. No matter what type of business you are running, it is crucial to the survival of your business that you have a website. However, designing a website alone is not enough to make ends meet. Your website should engage visitors to stay and come back for more!

Age Group

Before you start designing your website, start out by learning who your intended audience is. Most web designers make the mistake of just randomly designing a website. If your website is directed towards hip young adults, why would you design a website that the elderly would enjoy? Knowing your targeted age group, sex and occupation of your audience is what determines the success of your design.

Background Music

No matter who your audience is, it is crucial that your website’s design is easy and straightforward to navigate. Don’t clutter your navigation bar with more links than is necessary. Keep your links easy Web Designto find and ensure that it is obvious where those links will lead. Don’t put contact info in your about company page. People want to know exactly what they are clicking on and not be left with surprises.

Chat Box

Keep your customers captivate by using interactive features throughout your website. For example, videos are an ideal way to gain interest in products that you would otherwise have trouble selling. People want to know how the products or services you are offering can be beneficial to them. Another great way to introduce interaction is by using an online chat box. Let visitors post their thoughts and comments using a chat box.

Clutter

Avoid using any background music on your website. It is a turn off for most people and can be disruptive. Not everyone is accessing your website from a laptop. Most people use smartphones and oftentimes don’t turn the media sound off. This can become truly embarrassing or disruptive in different circumstances. Not to mention that music is an acquired taste and some people like rock music and others may enjoy jazz.

Group Sex

Flashing graphics are something you need to keep to the bare minimum. It is not only hard on the eyes, but refocuses a person’s attention. If you want someone to focus on your email address, you don’t want a blinking and flashing image of a pinup girl. It is important that you don’t appear to be an amateur web designer by using too much glamour to distract visitors.

Interaction

It is crucial to the survival of your website that you give your visitors a reason to come back to your website. Host a contest or giveaway to keep people on edge and coming back for more. In the first stages of your company, you need to convince people that there are benefits for using your website. Eventually, you can tone down the giveaways, but until you gain return customers, keep up appearances.

Interactive Features

Web design can be a fun and creative way to express your artistic abilities. However, it is important that you create a website that is appealing to the masses. Use the simple yet effective tips you’ve just learned for a website no one can resist!

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24 Responses to “Designing a Website”

  1. Mortaza F Reply

    What Is The Best Graphic Design Website? I want to understand what is the best Graphic design website, so we can get some idea from other graphic designs.

    • There are lots of Graphic design website in market.in that Serif WebPlus Web Plus X2 Website Maker is the best one.
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  2. Life Sucks! Reply

    When Designing A Website. How Do I Get It When I Right Click To Open The Entire Page? I am designing a website but when I right click and select open in new window or tab it only opens the main frame instead of opening all frames including the banner and navigation. What can I do to make it open the entire page? I am using Microsoft Expression 5.

    • AVOID using frames! search engines don’t like them. learn to put your navigation on your pages and do it consistently (but customized for each page). after the web site gets to a certain size, you get to the point where you realize you

      need a tree menu! yeah, that’s it!

      then after about 600 pages the pages’ nav gets too big at about 104k apiece. then you realize the you need something bigger. AHH! breadcrumb menu!

      but by this time, you are already using a menu generation system/bot you have designed and built yourself. flat breadcrumb menu pages load fast and no JS needed unless you want to turn the menu on and off for some reason like displaying the content better or for printing (which is the reason for making it print friendly with @media print {} in your CSS…

      sadly, http://dynamicdrive.com dropped the tree menu. I am about to upload mine (treemenu7). I may change the license to something else because GPL3 for this isn’t exactly something people want for web work. I may go to a BSD license.

  3. Rocky Reply

    What Is The Cheapest Business Insurance Out There? I’m looking into starting a new small business owned by myself and a partner. What are some less expensive business insurance companies out there?

    • It depends on where you live. Companies do not write policies in every state, and the cheapest company in one state is not always the cheapest in another state. The cheapest for one type of business is not always the cheapest for all types of businesses so it also depends upon the type of business.

      However, it really doesn’t matter because you cannot go directly to the company. You must use an agent for business insurance. Start with your auto insurance agent. Many of the major companies also do some business insurance. If they don’t then you’ll need to find a local agent that does.

  4. Sbsurfr78 Reply

    Animation Degree Businesses? I’m about to start college and have been considering a degree in Animation with an emphasis in special effects. However, one of my goals is to someday be my own boss. What types of businesses could I start with a bachelor’s degree in this field? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Doesn’t matter on the degree to start up a business. If you have the capital to start up a business, you can start up anything :)

  5. Kayla010905 Reply

    Does It Matter How Much Money You Make In Order To Recieve A Grant? Does It matter how much money you make in order to recieve a grant ? Im thinking about opening a small business and need some help starting it. someone help!

    • No – it doesn’t matter how much you make because no matter how hard you’ll try, you’ll find that there’s no grant for starting a business

      In fact, you stand a greater chance of getting a government-guaranteed loan through the Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/financing than a government grant. Read the SBA Financing page to learn about criteria needed for borrowing

      It is hard to find grants to start a business. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for a for-profit business. And yes, grants mean PAPERWORK – lots and lots of it, that is why a cottage industry of grant writers was born.

      Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov – these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.

      Even if you buy books on “how to get grants” or list that supposedly has information on grants — all of them are mere rehash of what CFDA has, albeit packaged differently. But still the info is the same – hardly any grants for starting a for profit business.

      Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website http://www.sba.gov/expanding/grants.html

      “The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See http://www.sba.gov/financing for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments.”

      Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business — THERE’S NONE.
      http://12.46.245.173/pls/portal30/CATALOG.BROWSE_BENEF_RPT.show

      Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT – Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program

      Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women’s Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women’s business center that will train women entrepreneurs

      I suggest you read the following books to get ideas of how to finance your business:

      Financing Your Small Business http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1572484500/powerhomebizguid
      Small Business Financing: How and Where To Get It http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0808007386/powerhomebizguid
      Financing the Small Business: A Complete Guide to Obtaining Bank Loans and All Other Types of Financing http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580626815/powerhomebizguid
      The SBA Loan Book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/158062202X/powerhomebizguid
      Angel Capital : How to Raise Early-Stage Private Equity Financing http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471690635/powerhomebizguid
      Financing Your Small Business (Barron’s Business Library Series) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764124897/powerhomebizguid

      For private grants, you may want to check the Foundation Center’s Foundation Grants for Individuals Online http://gtionline.fdncenter.org . It’s a subscription based website ($9.95 per month) but their opening blurb only says that the database is ideal for “students, artists, academic researchers, libraries and financial aid offices.” Entrepreneurs are apparently not one of them, so I take it they also don’t have listings of private foundations who give grants to would-be entrepreneurs.

  6. Kara C Reply

    Can You Answer Some Of My Questions About Small Business Loans? What Should I Do? I am wanting to start a business. I went through much training for the business I am starting, however, no one has told me the answer to a few questions.
    1. How much is typical to ask for. I don’t want to get denied, denied, denied. But the more I have upfront the better my business (based on the type of business I am starting)?
    2. I am going to be a co borrower because I personally have little to no credit, but my co borrower has great credit but just bought a house which might hurt a little. Do these things matter much?
    3. Will it help that I have over trained, in school for business, and have experience in the field to get a loan?
    4.Where can I go (some good options) to get approved?

    • 1. How much is typical to ask for. I don’t want to get denied, denied, denied. But the more I have upfront the better my business (based on the type of business I am starting)?

      You should ask for the amount you need. Asking for too little or too much are both ways to get turned down. You need to have a business plan showing everything about your proposed business in excruciating detail, including how much money you will need to start up, how you are going to spend that money, and how you are going to pay it back.

      2. I am going to be a co borrower because I personally have little to no credit, but my co borrower has great credit but just bought a house which might hurt a little. Do these things matter much?

      They don’t matter as much as having a solid business plan, with pro-forma financial statements. However, I have seen banks finance plans based mostly on the ability of a co-signer to pay the loan back. Sometimes you don’t even need a plan; if your co-signer can still afford the payments on your loan if you default, even after buying a house, then you may get the loan based on that. I don’t recommend that though; you should have a good enough business plan that you can get the money based on that, not on the ability of a co-signer to bail you out. Also, you need to consider the co-signer’s part in the business: Just a friend, partner, manager? How will YOU pay the co-signer back if you crater in and he/she has to pay off the loan?

      3. Will it help that I have over trained, in school for business, and have experience in the field to get a loan?

      Yes, that will help a lot. No banker/financier wants to back someone who doesn’t know his business.

      4.Where can I go (some good options) to get approved?

      Try checking with your local SBA (Small Business Administration) office, and talk to the loan officer at your bank as well as all the other banks in the area. You may have better luck with a local, community bank that is committed to supporting local business. Also, check and see if your local college has a business resource center/incubator. Another avenue is to check your area for Community Development Corporations that are involved in economic development. Sometimes they have good resources, and even micro-loan programs. Also, talk to a lawyer, accountant, and/or a consultant about the best form of organization and the best way to finance your business. You can also find consultants who will help you write a business plan, do it themselves, or do the parts you can’t handle (usually the financials.)

  7. Dales girl Reply

    Home Based Business? Good home based business opportunities, without any start up fees. I am a mom with 2 small children, lots of bills and not enough money. I do have a computer and would love to be able to make extra money with it. I just do not have money to start this. Help please

    • There are really no home based businesses to get involved in or start up that is not going to require some sort of start up costs. It wouldn’t be a business that you would own. It would be a “job” Most home based jobs are minimum wage or you can make a small commission off something you sale. Usually at 1 percent which isn’t going to give you a sufficient amount of income for you and your children.

      There are so many different home based business to start up. Things from Child Daycare Centers, Plumbing, scrapbooking, Telecommunications, fishing charters, Candle Making, Travel agents, Tax Preperations, Health etc etc etc.

      You can turn just about any type of business into a business that you run out of your home. Their are many different types of home based businesses. Most home based business cost under $500 to start. So, if I were you, I’d start a home based business around that ball park. Child Daycare, plumbing, charters, tax preparer’s costs more. Because of the schooling or equipment you have to buy first.

      When starting a business, their is no money at first. You have to build it up. No matter what business you get involved in. The more effort you put into it and how hard your willing to work it, will depend on when you start making a sufficient amount of income. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. Some businesses are hard manual labor, while others are mainly phone and computer work.

      In home based businesses, depending on which one you get involved in, it usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks to start making an average income. 4 to 6 weeks to increase that.
      and 3 to 6 months to be self sufficient. If you put the time and effort into it. Most people start their business on the side if they don’t have a cushion to live on while they build their business. This will allow you to build your business much quicker. But most people have full time jobs and run their business on the side. When their business reaches the income level they desire, they put their normal jobs down and continue to build their business with or without help. That part depends on you.

      Not knowing what you like to do, I’m not sure who to refer you over to. I can tell you what my husband and I have for the past 6 years and refer you over to my blog that I created on Home Based Businesses on my 360 page. Your more then welcome to go and take a look for some more ideas. We have built our home based business and it supports our entire family of 6 (we have 4 children ages 10, 6, 3 and 1) Being as your a mom, you know what type of things are required as being a mom. I think your idea of wanting to work from home, probably to be a part of these babies lives is great! That’s why my husband and I got involved in a home based business.

      We got involved in the Telecommunications industry, like I said a little over 6 years ago. We picked this one because the income opportunity is just incredible, as it is in most home based businesses. But in this, it seemed more practical. We partnered up with a 15 year old world wide company that offers services that people use every day and pay for anyway. Services like Local and Long distance telephone services, Internet, digital, video, VOIP, Satallite TV, and all the major cellular phone providers as well.

      How many people do you know, or know of around the world that uses one or more of these services? I think just about everyone has one or more of these services. You save people money on services that they are already using and paying for, and offer them services that they don’t have, but would like to. Every single month these people pay these bills that they are going to every month, you make a percentage. You get paid every single month for these services over and over again. This is a very profitable business to get involved in.

      If you’d like more information, your more then welcome to email me at anytime.

      Tiffany

  8. Eric b Reply

    What Type Business Should I Start? I am 16 and me and my dad are thinking of starting a business. i would like to know what is a good business to start…but a business in where you cant go wrong so something that is sure to sell no matter what….we don care what it is…just something that can sell and make sure profit out of…….

    • In my opinion I think the best business to start would be in the telecommuncations industry. I know a lot of people that have businesses in the telecommunciations industry. Some have a traditional business (store front) and some have home based businesses in the telecommunciations industry. Both types of business bring in the same amount of income. They all have the same income opportunity. As far as profit margine goes, I’d suggest looking into the home based way. They have less over head expenses and everything that they use on a daily bases is a tax write off.
      The company that the home based business owners went with has products that is and always will be in high demand. There are a lot of products and services out there that are good. They decided to partner up with this company because it was things that people will always use and pay for anyway, pretty much no matter what. They didn’t have to worry if money became tight that their consumers could easily run to the store and purchase on sale or be able to buy it at the dollar store. So, they got involved in the world’s largest direct selling telecommunications service provider that was started back in 1993. It’s now a 15 year old, world wide international company. With headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Charlotte, Amsterdam, Sydney and Montreal. They have been featured in several magazines like USA Today, Success, Fortune etc. Inc 500 rated them the 22nd fastest growing company in revenue in it’s first five years. They market in services people use every day and pay for anyway, like I had said. Services like Local and Long Distance telephones, Internet, VOIP,Digital, video phones, Satellite TV, and all the major cellular phone companies like T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Nextell, Altell etc as well. They help people save money on services that they are already using and paying for each month, and offer services to people that they don’t have. Every single month these people pay their bills, we make a percentage over and over again each month. That’s just one way you get paid in this industry.
      How many people do you know, or know of around the world that uses one or more of these services or products? . A lot of money involved in this industry.
      This is definatly a business that you can sell and make a profit out of as long as you work your business. Just because you start a business doesn’t mean your going to make a profit though. You need to work the business and build it and make it make a profit.

  9. JonKent Reply

    Business Vs Economics? What is the difference between the two majors/fields?

    What is the difference between business school and studying economics in a college of arts and sciences?

    • As a practical matter, as an Econ major you study things such as various levels of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, History of Economic Thought, International Trade, stuff like that. A part of a BA program, then your other classes are whatever is required in a College of Arts & Sciences type environment.

      Presumably, as a BA in Economics you are more likely to study stuff like Shakespeare, History, a foreign language, and maybe have to take some useless fluffy crap like psychology or women’s studies.

      As a Business major you study some economics (probably Micro I and Macro I), but also some accounting, finance, marketing, management, business statistics, and intro to computer information systems.

  10. Biometric Reply

    Having A Business? I own a business and I have been called up for mobilizition to go to Iraq. At this time Im afraid my business will not survive without me. Its there any thing I can do without getting out of the military? Any one know where I can find information on this matter. I have heard that lots of people have lost there business.

    • It depends on what type of business it is. You could hire a manager to take care of it in your absense and communicate by telephone or email when you get the chance.

      You could also look into other businesses that don’t require constant monitoring. My husband and I have an online/offline retail business that might work for you. Actually, our business seems to attract a lot of military personnel. I can’t give you details here since it’s against the rules of this site but send me an email if you’d like more information.

  11. NissaJ Reply

    Any Small Business Owners? Please Help Answer These Questions…? This is for my intro to business course okay…….I really appreciate this…
    1. What type of business do you own?
    2. Ask how he or she started the business. Ask about financing, personnel problems, accounting problems, and other managerial matters.
    Ask for tips for anyone starting their own business. Ask him or her is they prepared a business plan before starting. According to the textbook, a good business plan is between 25-50 pages long and takes at least six months to write. Ask the business owner if they agree with this statement. Based on the traits and characteristics that make a successful entrepreneur that you listed in question #1 above, how does this person compare? Prepare and post a summary of your findings. Be sure to include the name of the business in your findings. Thanks alot… you can answer any way you want and it doesn’t have to be in great detail.. n e info is better than none… Thanks again Nissa

    • 1. Type of business: Small Business Consulting: business plan training, critiqueing; tax education; startup/expansion consulting.
      2. How started: graduated from a local Microenterprise development program sponsored by Community Action Agency and then acquired the contract to provide the training for it
      3. No financing needed, minimal marketing budget. I have a background in tax preparation and bookkeeping and in operating small businesses.
      4. Business Plans – no page limit on them, each one is unique to the owner but all must contain: Business description, Organization Plan, Marketing Plan, and Financial Plan.
      5. Business Name is Smith Small Business Development

  12. Sbsurfr78 Reply

    Animation Degree Businesses? I’m about to start college and have been considering a degree in Animation with an emphasis in special effects. However, one of my goals is to someday be my own boss. What types of businesses could I start with a bachelor’s degree in this field? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Doesn’t matter on the degree to start up a business. If you have the capital to start up a business, you can start up anything :)

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