How to create an attractive website?
So, you want to make a useful, beautiful and convenient site. What do you need for this? What factors influence the popularity of a website? What is the best way to start creating your own website? And what mistakes can lie in wait on this path?
I tried to identify the main reasons that, in my personal opinion, affect the popularity of the site:
Content or content-is one of the most important components. If the site does not have useful information that can interest a certain circle of people, you can raise the question of the need for the existence of the site as such. Remember how many useful pages You have seen recently compared to the total number of places you visited?
Design is the second most important component of a good website. It depends on the design, how attractive the pages will be, that is, ultimately, how many people will want to come and look at Your site. After all, if you really liked the design of the site, then you will surely tell your friends about it. Don’t forget that there are something on clothes.
In order to make a good site, you do not even need to use graphics. There are useful sites with a minimum of graphics (or even without it) and a lot of useless, clogged megabyte pictures. For a web-site, as well as for other design projects, the style of the site is very important, giving it its own face and recognition. In the following articles I will describe the basics and principles of creating stylish web pages.
Speed of loading of Your pages-NO NORMAL PERSON will WAIT for LOADING of YOUR PAGES FOR an HOUR. Hence the conclusion-the pages should be optimized to obtain the smallest size (of course, within a reasonable). Let’s calculate the maximum allowable size of the average WEB page.
Taking to consideration the fact that the vast majority of people (and small organizations) have access to Internet via a switched connection, i.e. the phone (and, moreover, an important fact for pay as you go) and the average access speed by modem in Russia is 14400 bps, it is possible to calculate the time required to transfer one kilobyte (this is excluding the fact that most people keep open at the same time 2-3 or more copies of the browser – in this case, simply divide the average access speed to the number of open browsers).
Hence, the average transfer rate is 14400 bits / s/8 =1800 bytes / s – this is ideally, actually a little less due to retransmissions of mistaken blocks. Therefore, let’s take the average speed equal to 1200-1500 bytes/s. Just do not confuse this speed, which is the speed to the provider, with the speed of pumping Your page, it can be much less, since the information that reaches Your computer passes through several computers (usually 10-15), and the speed is determined by the narrowest link in the chain.
For example, routers (computers that transmit information from one network to another) are more busy during the day than at night. In addition, if Your server is on a computer that is connected to the provider on a dial-up (or dedicated) line at a speed of 14400 bits/s, the person sitting on the other side of the Internet will never achieve a speed higher than this (I exclude cases with a Proxy server, because they mainly store frequently requested information – for example, pages of search engines). I accept the valid time download one page no more than 40 seconds (this value taken from personal experience), hence 40*1200= 48kb – this will be the maximum volume which can have a page with all the graphics located on it. If you need to place information of a larger size, then notify the user or distribute the information on several pages.
Promotion of the web-site includes not only registering Your server in all possible Search engines in the world, but also such means as placing information in the media (the URL in the paper), as well as mention of Your website on business cards, circulars, in newspaper and magazine articles, etc. in addition, on the web-site must be mentioned E-mail for communication with You or, in his absence, at least a phone number.
Clear and logical structure of information placement on Your server-nothing is so tiring when searching for the necessary information as poorly structured servers.
The lack of spelling and grammatical errors – this point I include here in view of enormous number of errors just appeared on the web sites. After all, it’s simple-fill the text in the editor with a spell check and re-read what You wrote before putting Your server on display.
Here, perhaps, and all the basic principles, compliance with which guarantees the success of Your WEB-site, and through it-and well-being, and the expansion of fame You, your company, club, movement.
As an exercise, try to go to the WEB and calculate the time to download the various pages, as well as the validity of their download (based on the content). See how clear the structure of the server and the convenience of using it.