My Mistakes as a Web Design Newbie

Learn from them

Approaching retirement age I was made redundant last year and decided to create my first web site, initially knowing little about it. I hope that, by reading about my experiences, I may save you both time and money if you ever find yourself in the position of wanting to build a site with little initial knowledge.

eBooks

I bought five or six ebooks on how to make my web fortune from the one-page web-sites that you see on the web. The prices ranged from $9.95 to $29.95. It would be unfair of me to say that they were of no use, as you can always pick up the odd pointer, or contact. However, with the benefit of hindsight I would not have purchased any of them. Instead there are free, better written books which give you at least the same pointers, and often have more substance. You can download from my web site, for free, two excellent books by Ken Evoy, which will provide you with a good basic knowledge to move forward. Don’t get carried away with the sales hype contained in some of these “get rich quick” single page sales letters that offer huge free bonuses and an imminent price increase.

Universities and colleges

There are various colleges and universities on the web which promise you the ultimate in web creation, site marketing, search engine optimization and much more, “all under one roof” They usually have libraries of “how to” books and membership is by monthly subscription with some offering a lower fee for the first month. Have a look, by all means, I looked at three and claimed my refund within the stated period. I found that I could obtain similar information offered for free with a little searching, and that what they really offered was convenience.

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Website Design Software to Optimize Your Website

Designing a website with web site design software can be an easy and cost effective way of launching a new website for your business. But to create a website that is recognized by search engines takes special care and planning.

Most web design software will tutor you along the way but it is important to know how a search engine works and how to make it work for your business. When compiling your content for your website design you must decide what key words describe your business. There major search engines provide tools that will show you how often those keywords are searched for and from there you can decide it that keyword or keywords will get your website the ranking you desire.

There are numerous website design software packages that are available for purchase or that can be downloaded for free from the internet. Many argue that some free downloads will rival the best website design package that you can buy so a little research is necessary to determine which will best fit your need.

When choosing web design software, make certain that it will assist you in optimizing your website for search engine optimization (SEO). Choose website design software that will link your pages together internally so your visitors can navigate the site easily. This linking design in the website design software can also boost your website’s ranking.

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Cheap Website Design Software

Designing a good website takes a lot of effort on the designer’s end especially if the web designer is working alone. If you don’t have these skills, the next best thing would be to ask a professional web designer to do it, but that designer could charge you a fortune depending on the size of the project.

Those that don’t want to go that route end up looking for tools that the professionals use so that they can become professionals as well. The one major tool that is used is Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 and everyone knows how expensive that product is. Fortunately there are some cheap website design software options so you can create your own websites using an aid that doesn’t cost you very much. The best thing about these programs is that they can all be tried for free before buying.

Microsoft Expression Web 2

Microsoft’s successor to the popular Microsoft FrontPage costs roughly $300 which may seem like a lot, but it is $100 cheaper than Adobe Dreamweaver. For a fully-featured web design software that rivals Dreamweaver, this is not a bad choice and deserves to be one of the cheap website design software.

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