Website Design Explained

Below is a explanation behind the technologies that are used to help build websites and some accessibilty standards to help make website suitable for all users.

W3C - World Wide Web Consortium

W3C is an acronym for the which is one of the governing bodies for the web and holds great popularity amongst web designers and developers. W3C only provide guidelines for websites so that they can be built to allow maximum accessibility among users. If these guidelines are followed and used to maximum effect this will benefit the website among search engines and allow you to target a wider audience.

A few resources we use to maintain the W3C standards include:

This allows you to find XHTML, HTML and CSS errors have been made in the code for styling or if code used if not widely supported.

The Internet - Browsers and Search Engines.

The internet is ever increasing and since the late 90s support for viewing the web has increased with various browsers allowing you to make use of the world wide web. Browsers keep providing better tools and options to create a better experience. Most people use internet explorer to view the web and aren't aware of other browsers that are available, such as:

  • (provided by Apple)
  • (provided by Google)

Each browser has it positives and negatives with the majority of web designers using Firefox as it has so many facilities to help with website development.

Search engines have been around almost as long as the internet and is now one of the biggest industries. It is important to consider the importance of building a site that is 'friendly' with search engines (Also known as SEO) as many people now access websites via the search facility rather than the address bar. Search engines include:

A lot of companies now provide services to help you rank well in search engines which is known as search engine optimisation (SEO) or Search Engine Marketing (SEM). These services target a particular phrases within your business and help you promote through the web to get you ranking under that term.

Visualisation and Design

Creating a visually impressive website with usable layout is vital for your site. Making contact details easily available to creating a simple navigation allowing the user to find what they want is critical for a successful website. The majority of web designers will use photoshop to deliver a mockup of a design as this is one of the best tools available for Visualisation and is provided by .

Other important areas in Visualisation is the use of whitespace as this can seriously improve comprehension over a crammed and over crowded page. Text alignment and image placement also play an extremely important part in Visualisation.

Website Development

Before turning to the development of a website it is vital to determine the functionality of the website and what particular coding language is required to produce the final product. There are many code types of which many are used for a particular reason. Below are some of the code languages that are available and widely used within the industry.

  • HTML
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • ASP
  • XML
  • JavaScript
  • AJAX
  • Java
  • C
  • C++
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Among Others.

Depending on the functionality of the web design, a selection of the above would be used to develop the site. Some defining factors in choosing the correct code could be based on whether an e-commerce website is required or content management system is required along with other factors.

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