Designing your own site can seem like a daunting task,
but it doesn't have to be. There are some great software packages
that can really make it rather simple. Check out some of these
on our Useful Tools page.
You should try and learn a little basic HTML just so you know what is
going on but it really isn't necessary. You will probably want
to learn some as you become more experienced so you are able to tweak
your pages to get them just right.
Design Tips to Think About
Think about Navigation - you have to make
it easy for visitors to find information. Many people will
leave quickly if they cannot find what they want without searching
through your whole site.
Focus - make sure that you have a clear vision
of what you are presenting. People decide very quickly whether they
will stay at your site. They need to be able to tell quickly
what you have to offer that can help them.
Use Graphics Sparingly - This cannot be over
emphasized. Graphics slow down the loading of your page.
If it takes too long your visitor will never wait to see what you
have to offer. This includes banner advertising (keep to a
minimum) and courtesy links to other sites
Content - You have to remember that one of
the greatest things about the Internet is FREE information.
Give your visitors a reason to return
Doorway Pages - consider designing an entry
page that is geared toward relevance in search engine rankings.
Visit the Search Engine Design page for
more about designing for search engine relevance.