Basics of Website Designing
Very simply, we can understand the process of developing a website by means of the adjoining flowchart. The process of developing a website starts with determining the purpose of the website. For example the website may be made for an Educational Institute so as to give information to the prospective, current and past students. The purpose of the website plays a key role in its Design, Layout and Functionalities.
The second step is to design the website. To design the website one can either resort to designing by hand or by using some software tools. Website designing is the key step in the process as it effects the layout and the functionalities. To design a website the web designer should be aware of the usability of the website both at the front end and at the back end.
The content of the website plays a major role as most often the websites are designed to disseminate information to the public. The content also plays a key role in the design of the website. The content should be authored so as to make the information more lucid and productive for the user of the website.
Once these three basic steps are over then the HTML or any web programming language can be used to build the website. Testing of the website for its functionalities and flow of the pages form the penultimate step of the whole process. Testing should preferably be done in client’s presence so as to simulate the work environment as close as possible. The final step is to upload the website on a hosting service provider. The usual charges for these are mostly affordable.
Ok, so having learnt the basics of Website Designing lets learn more about the skills needed for website designing.
As easy as it seems, Website Designing involves a multitude of skills. These skills involve page layout, designing, content development and Search Engine optimization.
Page Layout and Navigation
This defines the aesthetic look of the website. A good looking visual design of the website enhances the look and feel and makes the user experience more pleasant. It also defines the flow of the website. Flow and navigation are very important part of the website design. Flow of the website defines where the user will be directed while he browses the website. Care must be taken that when designing a website the page layout must remain the same for all the content. A website should normally use one single typeface or some related typefaces in the whole website.
Social Media integration and Search Engine Optimization
Social Media and SEO form the latest marketing strategies for your website. While designing the website care should be taken to include links to Social Media websites like Twitter, Facebook, Orkut etc. These Social media websites offer high visibility to the websites. Search Engine Optimization is a way by which your website can be made more visible in the Search Engine’s results. So in effect it is just a modern selling tool. Its a way by which the website owner can make the website reach to greater number of people by making it ahead of other search results. SEO can be used for any kind of searches viz. Text search, Image search, or even a video search.
Determining the purpose of the website to be designed
Website Designing using a graphics tool
Authoring the content of the website
Building the website with HTML CSS Java Script
Testing the website
Upload the website using a Hosting Provider