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  What Makes a Good WebsiteMake Your Site Valuable to Your Readers The definition of what makes a good website depends partly on its purpose. A personal page, a company's website, and a school site all need to meet very different characteristics to be considered of quality. There is, however, some basic agreement on what constitutes a quality in website design. No matter its purpose, a site should be useful, easy to navigate, uncluttered, easy to find, and meet its purpose.   Keep your focus on fast pages Speedy pages are always important. No matter how fast the average connection is for your readers, there is always more data, more content, more images, more everything for them to download. The thing about speed is that people only notice it when it's absent. So creating fast web pages often feels unappreciated, but if you followthe tips in this article, your pages won't be slow, and so your readers will stay longer. Keep your pages short, but not too short riting for the web is different from writing for print. !eople skim online, especially when they first get to a  page. ou want the contents of your page to give them what they want quickly, but provide enough detail for those who want e#pansion on the basics. This article gives you tips for writing web content. Credible, valuable inforation  No matter what the purpose of the site is, the information contained in it should be useful to the visitors. $f thematerial is outdated, poorly edited, or incomplete, readers will feel cheated and will most likely look for analternative source of information ne#t time they are reading about the topic. %iting sources when appropriate isanother thing that differentiates a good site from a bad one. hile anybody is entitled to their own opinion,giving credit where credit is due is a great way to augment the respectability of a site. !ccessibility and sability   $t does not matter how useful the information on a website is if the readers have trouble locating it. &isorganied  pages, too many links, articles that go nowhere, and many other details can complicate the use of a website and turn the reader off. #esign Simplicity is key in a good website. (ots of graphics can frustrate a reader with a slow internet connection.)usic, animation, and color can be powerful tools if used appropriately, but they can also be a sign of anamateur website. )oving cursors and cute cartoon characters are out of place on a business page, for e#ample. se appropriate colors *emember that web pages are, by their very nature, international. +ven if you intend your page for a specific country or locality it will be seen by other people. And so you should be aware of what the color choices you useon your web page are saying to people around the world. hen you create your web color scheme keep in mind color symbolism.   Keep iages sall and use sprites $henever possible Small images are about the download speed more than the physical sie. eginning web designers often create web pages that would be wonderful if their images weren't so large. $t's not okay to take a photograph and uploadit to your website without resiing it and optimiing it to be as small as possible -but no smaller.  %SS sprites are also a very important way to speed up your site images. $f you have several images that are used across several pages on your site -such as your navigation icons or your logo, you can use sprites to cache the images so that they do not need to be re/downloaded on the second page your customers visit. !lus, with the images stored as one larger image, that reduces the 0TT! requests for your page, which is a huge speed enhancement. #oain nae  ebsites that people go back to often have names that people can remember off the top of their head. Acomplicated domain name or one that is clearly hosted on a free server typically does not convey the image of  professionalism. %urpose hatever the purpose of a site is, a good website meets it. $f an owner knows what he wants his or her website toachieve, half of the purpose is already met. 1nfortunately, many websites are too broad and lack a specific focus.This can confuse readers and often leads to a disorganied look that does not inspire confidence.An effective website does not have to be e#pensive to build or too eccentric. $n fact, it is the simplest of pagesthat sometimes get the message across the most quickly and effectively. Check your spelling and graar )any people are not tolerant of spelling errors. ou can write a completely error free topic for years, and then have one simple 2teh3 instead of 2the3 and you will get irate emails from some customers, and many will give upin disgust without contacting you at all. $t may seem unfair, but people 4udge websites by the quality of the writing, and spelling and grammar errors are an obvious indicator of quality for many people. !nnotate your links Annotating your links means that you should write links that e#plain where the reader is going to go, and what they are going to find there. y creating links that are clear and e#planatory, you help your readers and make them want to click.hile $ don't recommend writing 2click here3 for a link , you may discover that adding that type of directive right before a link can help some readers understand that the underlined, different colored te#t is intended to be clicked on. ou shouldn't use 2click here3 as the te#t of any link, but that direction can be useful for sites that cater to an older audience who might not understand how links work.
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