Who Should Design Your New Business Website?

If you’re in the business world, you should know that when someone asks, “What’s your website address?” it is important to always have a URL to give. “I don’t have one yet” or “I’m working on it” are not good answers. Having a well-designed, well-established, professional looking website, always makes a good impression for any business owner.

However, it is better not to have a website at all than to have an unprofessional tacky looking website. It is important to realize that you’ll do much more harm to your business by representing your business in a less than tip top manner.

If you lack the know-how, talent, or aptitudes to create an excellent design yourself then, you can employ a professional web designer. Web designers can be quite costly, but you still should think about it carefully before deciding to cut corners. Maybe you could revise your budget or possibly try to bargain for all or part of the work to build your website.

If you have your website copy written, you can save yourself time and money. Present your web designer with the basic text and the layout of how you would like the website to look. You can also present him with some color schemes, and send links to other sites that you would like him to get inspiration from. Obviously, you don’t want to copy someone else’s site, but a few ideas can help speed the process.

Financially speaking, the more work you do in person, the better it will be, because you must note that many designers work by the hour. If you would like links in your website, inform your designer and make sure you submit them to him in the right format. Also, make sure to forward all the right photos to your web designer. They do need as much information and media as possible in order to get you exactly what you want. Most designers will edit the finished work, but unfortunately, each edit will cost you.

There are quite a few fast web design companies out today, who advertise that you can have your website up and running in an hour. However, bear in mind that most of these tools such as canned templates, are for beginners. They won’t succeed in giving you a professional looking site. If you would like a profitable website for your business, remember that image is everything; so avoid cutting costs and hire a qualified web designer.


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Great Web Design With A Few Simple Steps

Many amateur web designers look up to the skills of other designers without knowing that many simple tricks exist in order to create some very nice looking web sites.

HTML is quite a difficult language for laying out text and graphics. The advent of Cascading Style Sheets made this a lot better, but a very simple solution to the problem of layout is to use tables that don’t contain borders. Within HTML, this can be done by adding the attribute BORDER=”0″ to the TABLE tag. Nevertheless, most HTML editors, such as Dreamweaver and FrontPage, will enable you to set the border to 0 as one of the table’s properties.

Perhaps the biggest problem some newcomers have to face is in finding suitable images that look fine. In most cases, images can be found through the use of a simple Google image search. More often that usual, these images will be used under copyright so their use risks potential legal action. One method around this is to buy royalty-free images on CD / DVD or directly from the Web. Obviously, you will need to take care to check the license agreement. For instance, the images might only be royalty-free for non-commercial uses. Another option is to take your own images using a digital camera (or scanning in your own photos). Once again, in order to minimize the risk of legal action you should try to get permission from people shown in the photos before putting them up on the web.

Even after you locate or create images, a good design might still be difficult given the ‘blocky’ nature of the photos that will typically be in a rectangular shape. This will lead to the major tip for improving your web site design. If you use stock photos, look for ‘photo-objects’ instead of photos. These are photos which have had the background taken away. Where the background should be is in fact transparent, which implies that you can put the photo-objects onto any background.

When you use your own images, you can very easily create photo-objects through the use of a ‘green screen’ behind the subject you are taking photos of. You can load the image into any piece of imaging software that has a magic wand tool. Then you can simply click on a section of the green screen and press delete in order to remove the background.

There is nothing ‘miraculous’ about a green screen. Any bit of material that has a consistent color and is fairly flat should be okay. Green or blue work best as these are very different from skin tones that don’t disappear when you make use of the magic wand. (Obviously, if they are wearing green clothes these might suddenly become transparent).

Backgrounds can be taken away through the use of a magic wand tool (and eraser for fine details) from photos with a normal background, but you can expect to take many steps and more time. Even if you cannot remove the background you can also add some spice to your images with simple steps such as adding a drop shadow or adding a frame such as a photograph.

With all these simple steps you should be able to develop web sites that look a lot more professional.


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