Web Site Design - Part 2

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Unformatted text preview: CGS 2585: Web Site Design Part 2 Page 1 Dr. Mark Llewellyn CGS 2585: Desktop/Internet Publishing Spring 2011 Web Site Design Part 2 Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of Central Florida Instructor : Dr. Mark Llewellyn markl@cs.ucf.edu HEC 236, 407-823-2790 http://www.cs.ucf.edu/courses/cgs2585/spr2011 CGS 2585: Web Site Design Part 2 Page 2 Dr. Mark Llewellyn The major components of Web page design are: Page layout design Text design Graphic design Accessibility considerations Web sites that look great and are easy to use dont happen by accident. Outstanding Web sites are carefully planned and created by using recommended design practices. There are a number of factors to consider when designing a Web page. Some factors relate to the usability, accessibility, and appeal of the site to the target audience use of color, text, graphics, and animations. Other factors relate to the medium of the Web itself load time issues, browser support, and monitor screen resolution. Web Site Design Best Practices CGS 2585: Web Site Design Part 2 Page 3 Dr. Mark Llewellyn The last thing you want to happen is for your visitors to leave your Web page before it has even finished loading! Make sure that your pages load as quickly as possible. How long do you generally wait for a page to load? Many Web page visitors will not wait more than several seconds. Its a good practice to limit the total file size of a Web page and all of its associated images and media files to under 60KB. It takes about 8 seconds at 56Kbps for a browser to display a Web page and associated files of 60 KB. Its also a good idea for the home page and associated files to be well under this number to ensure the home page loads very fast. Go over the limit on content pages only when youre sure your visitors will be interested enough to wait and see what your site is presenting. Load Time CGS 2585: Web Site Design Part 2 Page 4 Dr. Mark Llewellyn Placing important information above the fold is a technique borrowed from the newspaper industry. When newspapers are placed on counters and in vending machines waiting to be sold, the portion above the fold in the page is viewable. Publishers noticed that more papers were sold when the most important, attention-getting information was placed in this location. Web designers use this technique to attract and keep visitors on their Web pages. Arrange interesting content above the fold the area the visitor sees before scrolling down the page. At a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, the viewable amount of the screen, after subtracting browser menus and controls is about 410 pixels in height. Other common resolutions are 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024 with display areas of proportional sizes available....
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2011 for the course CGS 2585 taught by Professor Llewellyn during the Spring '11 term at University of Central Florida.

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