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King Street’s Web Design

Web Design, Consultation, Education and Multimedia.

by James Krauss

kingstreets@verizon.net

http://www.jpkrauss.com/kingstreets

Questions to ask and Things To Remember

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Things to think about when looking to build a web site:
  1. Who is this web site meant for? Who will be viewing it? You must give the information that is needed at the level it is needed.
  2. What do you want to convey with this web site? What is the site suppose to do? Is it for information, entertainment, commerce, business, etc…
  3. When a person looks at a web page (in America) most of the time their eye will go to the upper left hand corner. Then the eye moves across the top of the page to the right. The eye will then either moves back across the top of the page to the left or down and to the left on the angle. In some cases the eye will travel down the left side of the page to about the middle and travel right across the middle and back again to continue to travel down the left hand side forming an F pattern. However, in most cases, after the eye travels down from the top right to the middle of the page on the angle it will travel across to the right again forming a Z pattern.
  4. Important things such as the title and address (telephone number) Owners'/Pastors’ names, ect… should be at the top of the page.
  5. Navigation bars should be near the top or on the left of the page so that the eye will find it quickly.
  6. Anything that is below the fold (where the viewer will have to scroll down to) is not as important as above the fold.
  7. The web page needs to load fast. You have about 12 seconds to catch the typical “web surfer”.
  8. Backgrounds, pictures, music (sounds) all slow down the downloading of a web page.
  9. A web site should conform to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (http://www.section508.gov) and the policies of W3C (http://www.w3c.org ).
  10. The web page should not be over crowded and sloppy. If there is too much on the page, the viewer will have a hard time sorting it all out. There should be a lot of “white space”.
  11. The web page should not be dark and foreboding nor should it be too “sickening cute”. Both will push people away.
  12. Navigation should be clear and easy to follow. Don’t give too many detailed choices. Group them and use drop-downs menus or draw-out menus.
  13. Should have a written release from everyone whose picture is on your site. Before posting children’s names and/or pictures you must have, on file, a release from their parents.

Up-dated December 13, 2010
James Krauss designer and Webmaster