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Personal Testimonials

Personal Testimonials

Building a website is not hard, but building a website that others will want to come back to is not easy! Most web designers fall into the trap of displaying too much artistic ability in one design. Instead of focusing all of your talents into one web design, spread out your talents to work in your favor. There are plenty of ways to please a web design customer with some of the simple and straightforward ideas below.

Artistic Ability

Simplicity is the key to a good website. It can be tempting to add flashing images, bold text and graphics under every paragraph. What are you trying to communicate with your design? Don’t add too much information on one page as it can become overwhelming for the visitor. If you display too much text, a visitor is likely to leave your website and not come back.

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Lead the eye around your design by highlighting important information. An easy way to highlight information is to use bold letters, larger text or a highlighted background. Use this method sparingly and don’t overdo it. When highlighting so-called important information, highlight calls to action such as your phone number, email address or a limited time offer link.

Bold Text

Make it easy for visitors to relate to your design. Let them know in five seconds or less what it is that your website does for them and what you want them to do. There are so many websites out there that fail to really let a visitor know what the company does. It’s a shame because no matter how good your web design is, if the text is bad or doesn’t communicate a quick point across, you can lose your visitors.

Building A Website

Get personal with your visitors. If you are trying to sell a product or a service, use personal testimonials or photographs of happy customers. Most corporations forget the importance of simple down-to-earth ways of communicating with their potential customers. Don’t make the same mistake! Add a private touch to your web design and you will find that people appreciate the added personality.

Common Sense

Use common sense in terms of navigation and make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for. Most companies have an ‘about us’ page,so include this into your web design. Try to keep the navigation straightforward by using links that speak for themselves. It can be tempting to link the contact info to your ‘about us’ page, but it can be confusing for the visitor looking at the website. Instead, have a separate ‘contact us’ page so your visitors can quickly find the information they are looking for.

Design Customer

Use colors sparingly throughout the website. A professional designer will only use about two to four colors on a given website. Don’t fall out of that pattern! Professionalism doesn’t necessarily mean cramming tons of graphics and color into one website.

Important Information

It is important to use initiative when designing a website. Don’t fall prey to thinking professionalism means too much color, text or graphics. Communicate important calls to action and make it easy for people of all ages to navigate the website!

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    • Abel
    • December 5, 2013
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    Where Can I Find A Chat Room For Web Designers? I wanted help with a website that i was designing and i wanted to meet web designers online. please help me find a chat room full of web designers.

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      You should go to http://www.junglespot.com! There’s tons of people there. You can make your own room, or go in the ones already created. The people there and really cool and laid back. They don’t argue or fight like in some stupid chatrooms like chat-avenue and there’s a room just for web designers.

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    • Anonymous
    • December 8, 2013
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    How Much Money Do Web Designers Make? I know css and html, so I was thinking of designing websites for people. How much do web designers make? Do they make enough to support themselves or is it typically too little? Thanks.

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      Knowledge with CSS , HTML or others Like Java-scripts it all benefits you to get a Job . If you talking About Freelance Work then Language knowledge is not Enough , you have Skills like Communication , Managing etc .
      A Web Designers earning increases as Per Experiences Increases . Web Design and Development is A Fields Where There is Always Something To learn .
      Starting may me From 0 level and Goes to unlimited heights . Thanks .

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    • Aquasonic
    • January 14, 2014
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    What Keywords Would You Use To Find A Web Designer? There are so, so many web designers out there that a generic search for “web designer” supplies a million results. Would you use a different phrase, like “i need a website built” or would you maybe narrow down the results by adding more keywords, like “web designer miami”?

    Also, do you care whether or not your web designer works in your area or are you content with long distance?

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      Web designer in “your town or state”

      Works every time. Hire someone with a local office or at least a reasonable drive time. DON’T use any of those special deals being offered all over the Internet. How many pages do you need? Is it informational or will there be a shopping cart? How will you except payment if a shopping cart is used? Does it need updating daily, weekly or monthly? Can you do the updating yourself. The pricing is all over the board. Most should have samples of their work on line. A real cheap and pretty good deal is to go to a local college or trade school. Many students will put one together for you at a very reasonable price.

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    • Misterlyle
    • February 19, 2014
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    How Much Does A Web Designer Make? I want to start designer websites and need to know how much i should charge… also how do i protect my designs from being ripped off?

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      • Admin
      • February 19, 2014
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      It depends on your definition of ‘web designer.’

      web programmer: Uses full programming languages like C#, Java, ZEND(PHP) or VB to program an application that is delivered in a browser. Usually uses an IDE (integrated development environment) to create the web application.

      web developer: Uses scripting languages like PHP, ASP or JSP to develop pages that usually have some sort of dynamicy. This may include database connections through MySQL or SQL PostGreSQL. Usually familiar with JavaScript at a programmatic level for DHTML.

      web designer: May use scripting languages, but is more often focused on the layout of the pages than the functionality. Usually has some graphic background and is able to use programs like gimp or Photoshop. Knows HTML, CSS and some javascript.

      A web designer will make around 22 to 30k.

      A web developer entry level is 28 to 33k, experienced up to 50k.

      A web programmer is 50 to 75k.

      Now these are all estimates and it is possible to be a higher level of each. You can be a really solid web designer (more expectations = CSS, XHTML, JavaScript and other client side technologies) and make more money.

      It really depends on your skill and the way you market yourself.

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    • Precious
    • February 22, 2014
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    Web Designer Software? Which is the best free ware web designer software, iv found some but to download them is complicated

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      • Admin
      • February 22, 2014
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      *note: term web design, may be that of internet / intranet/world wide web / networking design, wrong forte,

      as being in Drawing & Illustration category, you want tools to drawing and edits graphics,

      Inkscape illustrator
      http://www.inkscape.org/screenshots/index.php?lang=en
      Gimp – image editor,
      http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

      DrawPlus Starter Edition
      http://www.serif.com/free-graphic-design-software/
      PhotoPlus Starter Edition
      http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/

      the place those into web page for site ,

      KompoZer – Easy web authoring
      http://www.kompozer.net/
      Nvu Web Authoring Software
      http://net2.com/nvu/
      TinyMCE – Home
      http://www.tinymce.com/
      WebPlus: FREE Website Publishing
      http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/webplus/index.asp
      Amaya
      http://www.w3.org/Amaya/Overview.html
      ..

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    • AzinCutiez
    • February 25, 2014
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    A Web/Graphic Designer? Can SomeOne Explain To Me What A Web Designer Is;
    What Yooh Have To Do To Become One;
    How Much One Gets Paid;
    And EveryThing Else Yooh Know About One.

    Im 13 And I Want To Be A Web Or Graphic Designer When I Grow Up; I Just Need Some Details About It..

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      • Admin
      • February 25, 2014
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      What is a web/graphic designer?
      —web designers are responsible for developing the look, feel, organization, and graphics content of a website. Some web designers only specialize in creating the graphic content and raw look of a site. At this stage, it is little more than an image. It is then giving to a web developer who will cut it up and code it to make the site function. More and more web designers now are expected to know the coding side of web design which includes coding languages such as HTML, DHTML, Javascript, Actionscript, PHP, CSS, Jquery, and so on.

      A graphic designer is less involved with online and multimedia projects but can still be web designers also. Graphic designers primarily work with printed material but can work in many different no print based areas. The projects they work with can include logos, billboards, magazines, books, television, hollywood films, video games, album art, promotional advertising, and more.

      There are basically three different types of graphic/web designers. #1 is a designer who works for a design agency. Agencies such as this are hired by a wide variety of companies for creative and graphic services. #2 is an in-house designer. Some companies decide that rather than continually hiring a design agency, they will have their own graphic design team within the company and that team works only on design projects for it’s own company. The majority of graphic/web designers are in-house designers. And #3 is freelancers who work for themselves. They find their own clients and set their own hours. It can be nice to be a freelancer sometimes, but the major thing that drives people away from it is that there is no guaranteed steady income. Your yearly pay is entirely depended on how many clients and projects you can find for yourself. Because of this, freelancing can be the most difficult to work in of the three.

      What Yooh Have To Do To Become One?
      —Different people take different routes to becoming web/graphic designers. Typically what employers are looking for is either a two or four year degree with a concentration in design such a BA, BFA, or AA degree. Different employers have different standards of educational criteria. The firm I work at favors a BFA or BA four year degree.

      How Much One Gets Paid?
      —Here is a breakdown of average annual salaries in the graphic design industry by job title and years of experience. It was done by a firm called The Creative Group who does analysis for this industry.

      http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/mattymjb/sc007d69ab.jpg

      And EveryThing Else Yooh Know About One?
      —It is NOT easy and it is highly competitive. There are a lot of amazing designer out there, and if you don’t work toward becoming a great designer, you will get passed over 80% of the time for someone who did. Having said that they, I love my job. It’s very stressful, and a lot of work, but I have a lot of fun with it. Not many people can say they enjoy their job.

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    • Humza
    • March 4, 2014
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    Web Designers….? I’m trying to set up a website, nothing special, just testing out my newly learnt skills. I’m practicing by making a site offering my web design services, but i won’t really be using it.
    I’m studying from w3schools, and have only done X/HTML & CSS so far.
    I’m trying to get ideas about what a web designer should put on the homepage/site
    So far…
    Homepage – I have three short paragraphs explaining what the site is about and what is on offer.

    Links to other pages (not made the pages yet) (hosting/domain name – these pages will have links to hosting companies and Domain Name providers)

    I have yahoo’d and google’d ‘web designers’ to get some ideas and with respect, some sites are just cr@p.

    Can i be really cheeky and see some of your sites (if you are web designers by trade)?
    Is there any thing in particular i need to add?
    Is it ok to use tables instead of frames/nav bar as i hate them with a passion?

    Thank you in advance.

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      > I’m trying to get ideas about what a web designer
      > should put on the homepage/site
      I programmed B2B and B2C sites for about nine years as a captive employee and everything non-web for about twenty, both captive and consultant. I’ve decided to go freelance, but don’t yet have a portfolio, since everything I’ve done is proprietary to my previous employers. My solution will be to provide samples based on templates that I’ll offer for sale. For a number of different site models, I’ll provide page examples to give prospective customers ideas. A template sale will be cheaper than a full, original design – it’ll take me lots less time to do, once I have the templates available, and I can sell them cheaper.

      > Links to other pages (not made the pages yet)
      > (hosting/domain name…providers)
      Be very sure that any such providers are GOOD. You don’t want to wreck your rep. Also, if you’re “advertising” for providers, see whether you can arrange referral partner status with the providers you elect to link. There could be bonus bucks in it for you.

      > Can i be really cheeky and see some of your
      > sites (if you are web designers by trade)?
      Having only very recently decided to move into the freelance market, the only page sample I have currently, publicly published is at:

      http://home.comcast.net/~richarduie/

      The page is a very straight, simple links listing for web-geeks. The virtues are XHTML for structure, CSS for appearance, JavaScript for behavior. Separate these aspects to the fullest extent possible.

      > Is it ok to use tables instead of frames/nav bar as i hate
      > them with a passion?
      I actually loved frames, but they’re a really bad model for commercial sites. Frames give web spiders fits, and that’s bad for your customers’ SEO interests. Tables should not, I stress NOT, be used for layout. CSS is hugely more effective, flexible, robust, and standards-compliant. There are potential clients who have just enough wit to check under the hood of your portfolio or sample pages, checking the source. There are fellow developers and designers who might consider farming overflow work to you, who will definitely check your code. You’ll look like an unqualified amateur to anyone who examines your source and sees tables applied for layout.

      > Is there any thing in particular i need to add?
      Practically, add conventions and standards. Pick an X/HTML document type and code to it (I prefer XHTML 1.0 currently). Validate your X/HTML and CSS, using the W3C validators; this removes the ambiguity of “quirky” browser treatments and evolves your understanding to a deep, correct one with respect to at least one model to which browser manufacturers are expected to become increasingly compliant. Follow CSS and web accessibility (WA) guidelines; find a validator for WA and use it (I recommend one under the “validators” link on the page I offered). Being meticulously rigorous with your code will provide a better, more robust and easily supportable product; those are major factors in retaining clients.

      Read lists, articles, and geek sites, looking for new ideas and solutions.

      Good luck.

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    • Iluvcb4
    • March 8, 2014
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    Career As A Web Designer? Im thinking of doing this when i leave school i love doing web designing i’ve done it at school and i use piczo which i’ve mastered i can change around html codes etc im not a nerd or anything but i just seem to be really good at it
    Are there any careers you can get in it in Australia? and how much money do they earn etc
    Any additional info would be great
    Thanks:)

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      When dealing with the web, the possibilities are endless. I’ll tell you right off the bat that you shouldn’t limit yourself just to web design because if you’re computer savvy you can do so much in addition to that.

      But first, to answer your questions. You could get jobs as a web designer anywhere, I would suppose. After all, companies in Australia have websites, don’t they? Now you ask how much web designers make. It really depends on your level of experience and who you work for. If you are very good at it, I’ve heard that you can make $70,000 a year or even upwards of $100,000. Like I said, it all depends. Now as for who you work for, I can tell you that I have seen people who do freelance work charge $300 per site they build, and I have seen other freelancers charge $10,000 for a site. It all depends.

      My recommendation? Go with freelance work; at least for now. You said you haven’t left school yet, so it probably isn’t easy for you to get a decent job just yet. So ask around and advertise yourself. Build a couple sites for free right now and start building a portfolio so you will be able to attract potential clients in the future. If you want a head start in the freelance field, a great site to start working with is Elance.com. They have SO many different opportunities that will give you invaluable work experience; plus these are REAL jobs that pay good money.

      But, as I said earlier, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just that. You could get into stuff like contextual advertising (through Goodle AdSense or Yahoo! Ads) or affiliate marketing (Through Clickbank or a slew of other online entities).

      I really hope this helps ? Good luck in all your endeavors. You’re gonna love your career. And remember, don’t limit yourself!

      P.S., you aren’t a nerd! It takes some really cool and artisticly-minded individuals to create and design successful websites. You have to target a large group of people and being introverted is going to make you at the very least slightly unaware of what people like. Some of the most successful sites were designed by people who knew what people liked, for example, Facebook. So go ahead and have fun. If you want to contact me for ANY reason- even just to converse or ask me some questions-, you could do so at socisocisoci@yahoo.com :).

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    • Jojo t
    • March 18, 2014
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    What Is The Difference Between Web Designer,web Developer And Database Designer? What is the diffrence between web designer,web developer and database designer, whats there role in creating a website ? what they are doing actually ,anyone please tell me

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      A web designer makes the visual aspect of the website. They might even be the one actually implementing the design (via xhtml and such). The web developer might implement the designers design too. But the developer will definately design and implement the application(s) that provide the website with it’s real functionality (providing the bridge from the website that the user sees with the backside, such as the database, securit software, and so on). The database designer would be the one that would design the database schemas that the applications written by the developer would interact with. Usually in practice, the web developer and the database designer would be the same person or team of people.

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    • Sweetie
    • April 10, 2014
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    Web Designer? I am trying to start a Slide Show/Wedding Photograraphy business and I am looking for a Creative Web Designer who can create a web site from scratch.
    I need someone that is affordable!

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      The easiest way for a novice to build a web site is to start with a web template. Web Templates can be customized and you can use the layout but swap the graphics etc…. this will get you comfortable with basic HTML design and an HTML editor (like Dreamweaver).

      Here are some resources for free or inexpensive templates that are easy to edit and manage.

      Webmaster Templates – http://www.webmaster-templates.net
      Free Web Templates – http://www.freewebtemplates.com/
      Web Design Elements – http://www.webdesign-elements.com
      Free Website Templates – http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/
      Free Layouts – http://www.freelayouts.com/
      Free Templates Online – http://www.freetemplatesonline.com

      HTML website templates can significantly ease the burden of designing and creating websites by providing webmasters with a ready-made web layout, structure, basic graphics, and color scheme.

      The templates can generally be edited and customized with any HTML editor. The biggest advantage for webmasters using ready-made templates is the amount of time that can be saved.

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    • Shay
    • May 18, 2014
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    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…

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      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.

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    • Vr6 mk2
    • May 18, 2014
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    Wanna Be A Web Designer? I was thinking about becoming a web designer what dose it take to become good,and how muche money can you make?

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      To be a web designer you need a knowledge of:
      HTML
      CSS
      Flash

      & ideally:
      Javascript
      PHP

      You can expect to earn $30,000 at least, after graduating.
      Graduates with good programming skills as well, expect $40,000.

      Top website graphic designers and Flash artists with more than three years’ experience can earn above $50,000.
      As you gain more experience (4 years) you can earn about $60,000.

      Senior developers with more than six years’ experience, embracing a t least three years on large-scale projects, could earn more than $80,000.

      As a guide, programming skills are very useful if you want to work for large companies and/or various advertising sites.

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