Most Popular Web Design Tools

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Thinking of creating your own personal or professional business website? With all the online technologies available, some of which are free, you may even be tempted to design the website on your own.

If you have decided to take the plunge and design your website, here are some popular tools you may consider using:

  • Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor from Adobe available for Mac and Windows operating systems. It is designed to integrate easily with other former Macromedia products, such as Dreamweaver and Flash. Designed specifically for professional web designers, Fireworks has many tools and options that can help you create a full website layout.
  • Dreamweaver is, as Adobe’s website claims, the industry-leading web authoring and editing software that provides both visual and code-level capabilities for creating websites. Dreamweaver is also available for both the Mac and Windows operating systems and it integrates with other popular Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator, allowing the user to share smart objects for facilitating the web design workflow.
  • Photoshop is one of the most popular graphics’ editors available for the Mac and Windows operating system. Created initially for professional photographers, it is ideal for creating web graphics. Photoshop has all the necessary tools and options you may need such as: filters, brushes, and different actions scripts, just to name a few.
  • CSSedit focuses mainly on style sheets and offers a wide range of features for any experience level. The Selector Builder tool and the advanced visual editors will easily help beginners understand CSS. For those more seasoned, the Live Preview tool will help them to create their websites more quickly.
  • Bluefish Editor is a free and open source code editor, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

No matter what tool you use, to create your design you should always make sure to have the web development done by professionals. At CodeMyIMAGE, we have experience in virtually all web design tools and we can help you code a website that reflects your style and business needs.

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More Web Design Mistakes to Avoid

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In our last article we tried to provide some perspectives on common web design mistakes.  We would like to bring you more insights from web design field specialists:

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Common Web Design Mistakes to Avoid

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If you think achieving all the best practices principles in designing websites is sometimes challenging, at least you should try to avoid some of the most common mistakes. The Internet provides dozens of lists which help us to identify possible web design mistakes, but still, for those of us who, shall we say are less savvy, it is difficult to follow and respect all of these aspects that should be followed to optimize the design.

We thought it might be valuable to offer a short list identifying basic web design mistakes which you might find helpful in your design efforts. Previously, we offered some tips in this area, and decided it would be helpful to come back with a more comprehensive list. Keep in mind that these are common sense attributes which do not require the need for specific web development knowledge:

  • Using fancy or tiny fonts. Not using readable fonts will annoy your website’s visitors and will make them give up reading your content. Make sure you use a common font that is easy to read and delivers the message straight to your visitors.
  • Using blinking text or words. Users simply find this annoying and will make the content virtually impossible to read.
  • Using fixed font sizes. The fixed font size reduces readability for most people over the age of 40. You should respect your visitors’ needs and provide them the option to resize the text as needed.
  • Not changing the color of already visited links. Your visitors should know where they have been. Using different colors for visited/unvisited links is a useful feature that enables your visitor to avoid navigation confusion.
  • Overusing Flash and using ‘intros’ will increase your website’s loading time and will cause your visitors lose their patience. You can’t force anyone to watch something before accessing the content and, ultimately, even your customers will avoid your website knowing that they will waste valuable time waiting for it to load.
  • Using a lot of links before accessing the website’s content. The fewer the steps to the content, the better for users.
  • Not providing search options. Your visitor should be in control when he/she is on your website and you should provide him/her an easy way to find what they are actually looking for.
  • Using ‘drop down’ menus. You should provide your visitors with a clear perspective of the website’s navigation. A ‘drop down’ menu, for example, could hide the information your visitor is looking for.
  • Using images for navigation. Yes, we know, it is one of the most artistic ways to make a website more appealing, but the use of images in navigation could also be a challenge for those who “turned off” images for browsing the Internet.

At CodeMyIMAGE we can help to assure that your website design will be free of the most common mistakes in web design and our specialized development team will anticipate and address the mistakes with you in order to deliver the optimal design and web experience for your users.

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More Resources for Meeting Web Design Best Practices

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In our last article we tried to provide all of you with a comprehensive web design best practices checklist. However, we know that more resources on web design principles are anytime welcome:

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Meeting the Best Practices Principles in Web Design

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In some of our previous articles, we have discussed the concept of web design best practices, focusing on textures, ADA compliancy, usability, coding and specific needs for ecommerce websites and finally eco friendly web design.

We know that there are many issues that need to be taken into account for a website to meet most best practices and we thought a comprehensive checklist would be helpful.

We believe that, before launching your website, it would be beneficial to make sure that the following elements are working properly:

Navigation

  • The main navigation links are clearly marked
  • The navigation system is easy to understand and user friendly
  • The website’s map, breadcrumbs, and skip navigation links are easy to access
  • There is at least one search tool (i.e. the search box)

Functionality & Accessibility

  • All internal and external hyperlinks work
  • All forms function
  • No JavaScript errors are generated
  • HTML has semantic meaning for a wide range of user agents
  • There aren’t any CSS errors and your website uses optimized CSS
  • Graphics are optimized and do not decrease download time
  • The layout doesn’t break if the font size is increased
  • The home page downloads fast even on dial-up connection.
  • There is no responsiveness delay for dropdown menus
  • It works well across current and older browsers
  • It works well in various browser window sizes

Page design

  • An informative page about your company or website is always available
  • The footer area embodies a copyright, which was recently updated, and contact details
  • Every page respects the basic design principles: contrast between text and background, proximity, and alignment
  • The use of color and graphics does not distract the user
  • There is a clear visual hierarchy with easy distinguishable heading levels.
  • Links are clearly underlined

Photo-Audio-Video

  • The photo tags use the `alt’ attribute to configure alternate text to display if the browser does not support images
  • The audio and video files do not distract from the website’s content
  • Synchronized captions are provided for each audio or video file used
  • Download times are indicated

Content

  • Common fonts are used
  • Information is easy to find
  • Content does not include outdated material
  • There is an alternate text equivalent for the content provided in graphics or other multimedia tools.

Although we have tried to cover a large area of web design best practices, there are still many aspects to be taken into consideration. At CodeMyIMAGE we can help you to assure that your website meets the best practices principles, to satisfy your specific audience, business category and online presence’s goals.

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