THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF WEB DESIGN
There are many good and bad things you can do in web design; the following is a list of some of
those options and how you should deal with them.
1. No page counters: Page counters do nothing except make you look like an amateur, mess with
your design and tell people information about your site you probably don’t want them to know!
If you want to know how many people are hitting your site, just ask your host for server stats. Any
host worth it’s salt should be able to provide you with detailed stats that make page counters look
2. Forget blinking or flashing text: The only place you see blinking and or flashing text is on the
neon signs of naked bars or web sites made in the mid 90's! People don’t like them and expect to
see naked people inside sites or buildings that have them … enough said.
Let’s discuss an important point about online content/text versus print. People read text off a comput-
er screen at about 1/4th the speed that they do paper.
This important fact tells us that we should keep what we want to say on the web short and sweet.
3. Make your titles on your web page make sense: One of the core attributes of a web page is its
title. In between the <title> </title> tags you can specify the page's title as it appears in the browsers
top title bar and in the search engine results.
People pay attention to page titles, so you should make sure that they are clear. If you have a page
on how to take care of dogs and you happen to have a dog named ‘Jimmy’ don’t title your page:
‘How to look after Jimmy and his furry friends.’ You should title you page something like: ‘How to take
care of dogs.’
4. Don’t force people to download a new browser or special plug-in to see your site: Unless
you have a site that people are dying to see, why limit your audience because you want to use some
special features in a browser or a plug-in like Flash. Today, with proper use of CSS and HTML you
can present fantastic looking pages without having to jump through the hoops old timers li