Web Design Basics

Web Planning:
  • Webresult's Guide To Web Site Planning: - Five Phases of Planning and Development. Webresults is a California web site development firm that helps organizations, especially non-proifts, in web site building that focuses on the planning process. At this page you will find links to many useful and concise lists of processes and steps to guide planning, as well as key issues and principles to address in your own planning. There is also a link to an actual client's web and internet plan. Visit their fun beach-side bistro style homepage for more information.

  • Conceptualize Your Site is an article of Builder.com's Web Design Library. Start off with a mission for your web site by asking the questions: "What is my goal? "What is the users' goal?" "What willmake the user return to the site?"  Likewise it is important to identify your audience and collect initial and ongoing feedback of the site to improve its effectiveness.

  • Usable Web Site Design - A www.devarticle.com article that is short and to the point. Following six short steps you can create a web site of "usable pages."
Website Design:
  • Webresult's Guide to Web Site Design: - Site Design Process. After creating your web and internet plan using Webresult's planning process (see Webresults link under Web Planning above), focus on the web site and webpage design. Here is a 17 step process to follow in designing your site. Following step #17 are two equally useful links leading to pages on the principles of 1) web site design and 2) individual web page design.

  • What Makes a Great Website - www.webreference.com article gives advice such as "Content is King". The content should be timely, original. Custom tailor your content. For example CNet uses Story Server by Vignette that delivers the articles to the screen on the fly from a database called Sybase. (Also under Analysis & Design - Good & Bad Web Sites.)

  • Develop a Style Guide For Your Site - Georgina Laidlaw at the Profit tab (webmasterbase.com) of Sitepoint.com Hub discusses the benefits of taking time to systematically plan out a style guide for your site. Determine in advance: colors, typography, tone and conventions for spellings, logos and images, content length and renewal. The result is regularity of style that is professional, and understandable and has product appeal. Also the next person to maintain the site is clued in by the guide.

  • Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design - An article byJakob Nielsen (from his Alertbox Column). Some mistakes: #1 Using frames, #7 Lack of navigational support, #8 Non-standard link colors. (Instead, one should use blue for not visited, and purple or red for visited already) See the article for the rest. (Also under Analysis & Design - Good & Bad Web Sites.)

Sites covering all aspects of web design
  • thesitewizard.com features free articles and tutorials on getting started, web design, promotion, and scripting.

  • tucows HTML, from theHelp (Center) link of www.tucows.com, follow the Learn Web Design link. Here is a comprehensive presentation of all aspects of web design in a wonderfully consistent and original format. Web Design instruction is given from the points of view of the Artist, Designer, Programmer, and Whats New. Each of these has features: Tips and Tricks, Software Review and How-Tos.

  • Builder.com Web Design Library - This page is the Web Design Library link from the Builder.com Homepage. Features included here are the "How-to Library", References, Reviews, Columns and Discussions. For some examples there are reviews of many development tools, a "How-to Library" called Authoring and Site Design, and a Reference for Keyboard Shortcuts for Macromedia Flash.

  • W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) - W3C is THE organization that leads the evolution of the web. A main role of W3C is to write standards for web software and tools (called recommendations or specifications). Well over 800,000 pages are found at this site. (Also under Analysis & Design - Standards and Usability.)

  • thefreecountry - Programmers, webmasters, script writers and learners will find free software, and instruction. (Also under Resources - Development.)