Contact us to arrange a free consultation meeting, where we will discuss with you the requirements and costs of building and hosting your website. Prices are from £300.
Below are links to just a small selection of sites we have designed and built for clients.
Islington North CLP
CWU Benevolent Society
Old Nick Theatre
Please note where the site has been built to the customers own design the copyright is attributed to them.
We also provide package deals for clients on a very limited budget.
Click the link on the left hand bar.
Some ideas to bear in mind...
1. Content is king!
People use the web for a variety if reasons, but the main ones are for information and entertainment. The content of your site is what can attract more people than fancy graphics and pretty colours. If you want visitors to keep coming back, then updating the content on a regular basis is a good idea.
2. Style consistency.
Try to keep to the same theme throughout the site so that users feel accustomed to it. I've visited sites where different pages have completely different layouts / colours and they make me feel like I'm on a different site altogether.
3. Colour and backgrounds.
Use colours that contrast or compliment each other well. Try to make them applicable to your sites' purpose. A bad example would be to make a humorous site using beige and dark brown! Bright colours would give the pages a more fun feel.
Patterned backgrounds can make the text difficult to read so if you have to use them, just have them in the navigation bar.
4. Images and graphics.
Keep image file sizes below 20K if at all possible. Large images can take a long time to download for your visitors. They may become impatient and decide to go elsewhere. There are many ways of making image files smaller including re-sizing the actual image or saving it as a .gif file - which will compress it. Photos should be saved as .jpg files for the web.
Thumbnail images are another option. A thumbnail is a small image that the visitor can click on if they want to view the larger version. Don't forget to use alt labels so that people who don't have graphics enabled in their browsers get a text explanation of what the image is about or what it is linked to. This also helps sight impaired visitors who use a text reader.
A simple, easy-to-use navigation system is important. Visitors want to be able to find information they require without having to wade through too many pages. Every page of your site should be accessible within 2 or 3 clicks of the main page.
There are many ways of making pages easy to find. Drop-down boxes, search boxes, frames, and a site map page are good ways of making information easy to find. Be careful with frames though. Too many can confuse visitors and they also make it difficult for search engines to
link to. They can cause problems when visitors want to add certain pages in a framed site to their favourites / bookmarks list.
6. Compatibilty issues.
When developing your site, bear in mind that your visitors may not have the same browser or computer as you. Try to check your site in different browsers. The most popular ones are Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator / Navigator. Another browser becoming quite popular is Opera. Another thing to watch out for is that some of your visitors may have an older version of a browser which may not display your lovely DHTML scrolling text.
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