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AllSolutions.NET Tips for a Viewer Friendly Web Site

Your website is your presentation to the world.

And like they say, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.

Avoid sluggish web pages.

You certainly don't want viewers leaving your site because they're tired of waiting for your page to load. That's a major problem with the free web services out here. Don't try to put too much on one page. People can be impatient and there's no point in wasting your bandwidth, so split up big pages into smaller ones. Avoid putting many large images on one page. Make smaller size previews and allow viewers to download the larger size images if they want to, or direct them to a new page for the larger image.

Photos and graphics:

Always specify image sizes: Did you ever wonder why some sites just sit there with a blank page, while you wait and wait for something to show up? Usually it's because the images on the page don't have the size set. Your browser has to wait until they all load before it knows what size to make the images. If you set the height and width of your images, your web pages can be drawn before the images load, making your pages show up much faster. Like this:
<IMG SRC="/pathto/yourimage.jpg" height=60 width=90 alt="Image description here">

Reasonable file sizes: Photos on your web page should be a reasonable file size and be properly compressed, usually as JPEGs. You want to compress them as much as possible, without sacrificing much quality. A good starting point is to compress JPEGs at around 75%.

Using Thumbnails: If you have a lot of photos on your web pages, you should use smaller thumbnail images to give the viewer an idea of what the images are. Then the viewer has the option of whether to view the images or not. And they don't have to wait forever for your pages to load. You can either direct the viewer to a new page to view the full sized photos, or let the full sized photos download directly.

The use of GIFs: Non-photo graphics are usually best saved as GIFs, especially if they don't contain very many different colors. You can usually select how many colors are allowed in your GIFs when you convert them, try to find the least amount of colors that keeps your GIF presentable.

This banner was saved as a GIF file with 64 colors. The file size is about 11,000 bytes. (11k)
The original was a JPEG that was 26,000 bytes. (26k)

Don't get carried away:

If this will be your first website, you're pretty excited, but don't get carried away. There's lot of cool stuff you can put on a website, but if you put TOO much cool stuff on one page it will look pretty gaudy. And you don't want to have too much text jammed together either, or people will pass over a lot of it.

Check your web pages:

Although HTML coding of web pages isn't that complex, it's still easy to make mistakes. You should check your page carefully or it might not display properly in some browsers. You can check your web pages at Dr. HTML or WebSite Garage.

An organized site is easier to maintain:

Make a new separate sub-directory (or 2) for your images, photos or graphics. This will make it easier to manage and update your website. And it will make it a lot easier to find a file on your site if you need to. Don't forget to put an 'index.html' page in each of your new directories to keep outsiders from seeing a listing of all the files there.

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